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We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Lilly’s Fund, our memorial fundraising campaign. Here are the details on how you can give, how much we want to raise, and where the money will go.

How to Give

Use this button to reach our online fundraising page and tools. Lilly's fund give button

After months of research, I’ve been unable to find a charity partner that could / would to make Lilly’s Fund Grants in the way I wish. That means what you give is NOT tax deductible. I’m sorry. I really tried, but I just couldn’t work it out.

Instead, we’re doing this as a crowd-funding project through GiveForward.com, and I will make the grants myself.

Our Inspiration: Lilly Elizabeth Hawn

Lilly, the canine heroine of Champion of My Heart, died December 17, 2013 – 23 months after suffering a rare and severe adverse rabies vaccine reaction (brain and spinal cord inflammation).

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This memorial fundraiser is our way of doing something useful with the grief.

Our Goal: $3,343

We want to raise $3,343, which is the number of days Lilly was in our lives.

I have already given $693 myself, which is the number of days Lilly survived her illness.

That leaves $2,650.

We’ve set the deadline for May 13, 2014, which would have been Lilly’s 10th birthday. 

Once we’ve reached this goal, I will alert Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital – where Lilly received neurology, internal medicine, and emergency / critical care help.

A team of veterinary neurologists and veterinary technicians who knew and cared for Lilly will choose a current canine neurology case as the recipient of the Lilly’s Fund Grant.

I have set no criteria, and I will not be involved in choosing a grant recipient. I trust the hospital to choose a worthy case.

Essentially, I will use the money to pay someone else’s veterinary bill. It will be a surprise to the family who benefits — like a random act of kindness. 

More Goals

If we’re wildly successful, any additional money raised will be granted as follows:

  • $500 will go to Table Mountain Veterinary Clinic, our primary care veterinary hospital, toward a canine case of their choosing.
  • Anything beyond that ??? Well, maybe we’ll pay for TWO canine neurology cases, if things go better than we expect!

How You Can Help!

Give! Every little bit helps.

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Encourage your friends and family to give by sharing information about Lilly’s Fund via social media or on your blog (if you have one).

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Ruth Pennebaker - March 31, 2014

This sounds like such a great project for you to pour yourself into right now, Roxanne. Best of luck with it.
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Jane Boursaw - March 28, 2014

Bless you for doing this, Rox. It will ease the burdens of someone and their furry friend.
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    Roxanne Hawn - March 30, 2014

    Thanks, Jane. The grief remains epic. I’m trying to do something useful with it. Thanks so much for your donation.

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