A month ago, I wrote a post asking for help for 5 year old Julian, and I wanted to send an update on how he is doing.
Many of you have been generous in assisting Julian and his family both with prayers and monetary contributions and they are grateful.
Julian came home for the first time a little over a week ago and is having radiation treatments daily. Though his parents are excited to have hime home. They are discovering how ill his treatments are making him each day. He is weak, can't walk on his own and is getting his nutrition through a tube. Despite all of this, the family rejoices in having him home.
His parents have sought and found a way to make something good from Julian's illness.
They, their friend and their family are organizing a fund raising concert - Jammin' for Julian. His parents envision it as an annual fund raiser to assist children and their families at CHOC (Children's Hospital of Orange County) who are suffering from cancer.
The performers at this concert will be no older than sixth graders, and it will be open to any child who chooses to perform in a musical way.
The Lil' Lighthouse Preschool choir will be performing as will many other children.If you would like to assist Julian and his family, you may do so by clicking on the button below.
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Also, please pass this along to your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to see if they, too, will help Julian and his family.
Please see the flyer below for complete information on this event:
Inaugural Jammin' for Julian
An Open Children's Pop Concert & Expo
When: Saturday, March 21
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (*concert will start promptly at 4 p.m.)
Where: Newport Mesa Church sanctuary, 2599 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa.
What: An open children's pop concert and expo (performers from preschool to 6th grade).
Among those performing will be the Lil' Lighthouse Preschool choir, as well as many other young and talented musicians. Proceeds will benefit the Dunn Family, whose 5-year-old son, Julian, is being treated for a brain tumor.
Facilities contact: Jenna Gruber, (714) 966-0454.
(Note: Checks should be made payable to Richard and Andrea Dunn. Donations are not tax deductable. Any single contribution from one person to another in an amount over $12,000 will be subject to filing a gift tax.)
After the shock of Julian's brain tumor and subsequent surgeries (three to date), our family began the long journey of a 55-week radiation and chemotherapy program in January 2009 to fight the brain cancer in our precious boy. After 38 days at CHOC, with his mother living in the room with him, Julian is home and trying to recover from myriad obstacles. Most signs are positive in his recovery. Our family believes in miracles and trusts God's hand.
In the meantime, a tsunami of medical bills is coming.
Me and my wife, Andrea, have been blessed with a home-based business so we can raise our two boys full time. We have paid for our own medical coverage since starting our own business in 2005, but in no way were we prepared for the cataclysmic news we received on Dec. 5, 2008, when CHOC doctors discovered a brain tumor and proceeded with emergency surgery.
While we continue to work to support our family, we are also exploring fundraising channels to provide support for medical expenses.
Now is the time to turn negatives into positives, beginning with the inaugural Jammin' for Julian, an open children's pop concert and benefit event for the Julian Dunn Family, which plans to continue the event each year to generate gifts for a special CHOC-based fund to help other families who are going through similar catastrophes.
Further, we plan to work with our family pediatrician, Dr. Peri Gunay, on being able to better identify brain tumors and try to better understand how and why it happens in children. Dr. Gunay has taken Julian's case to a medical board as a study for other doctors to analyze and examine. Twenty years ago, nobody would survive the type of brain tumor Julian had, but today there is hope and recovery. While most all of the medical industry's energy and resources have been geared toward healing young patients with brain tumors through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, little has been done to better detect and understand a potential brain tumor before it's too late.
Through this ordeal, our family believes that God will be glorified and He has chosen us to walk down this path.
The idea of Jammin' for Julian is a long-lasting musical event featuring preschool through elementary school students as solo acts, duets and group performances. While the mission of the concert is to raise funds for the Julian Dunn Family and continue in future years to help support a fund at CHOC that benefits other families, the vision for Jammin' for Julian is full-scale media coverage that includes a spot on PBS or other television outlets. It is a venue for children to perform and express their love for music in a public arena. Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa or Carnegie Hall in New York could be next.