Blogs Can Change Lives – Our First Winner!

by Janice

I knew it wasn’t going to be easy.

How do you read story after story of families in need and then try to choose one to win a life changing prize?

I couldn’t do it. As thrilled as I was to award a winner — I wanted to help more!

So, helping more families in need is exactly what we are going to do!!!

Today, we have the honor of announcing the winner of the HP laptop and printer, so graciously donated by HP.

And we are also announcing that Blogs Can Change Lives will be an ongoing outreach of 5 Minutes for Mom.

In the coming months, through Blogs Can Change Lives, we will use the power of the blogosphere to change the world of extraordinary moms, people facing huge challenges, and families in need, through giveaways, fund raisers, and more.

With the generosity of companies like HP and the compassion of bloggers and readers like you, we really can change lives!

In our Blogs Can Change Lives outreach, we will also include some of the incredible stories we discovered through this first Blogs Can Change Lives giveaway with HP. (We already have two picked out and ready to go!)

One of those upcoming recipients of a Blogs Can Change Lives feature is a nominee from our HP laptop contest who received a ton of nominations and support in the comment section — Andrea Roberts from Reece’s Rainbow.

She was also the original winner of today’s prize — which she turned down because she wanted it to go to a family in even more need than her family!

Andrea lives sacrificially, running an incredible non-profit ministry, Reece’s Rainbow, that helps place Down Syndrome children from countries all over the world into adoptive homes in the US. She works completely on a volunteer basis and is also the mother of a Down Syndrome child — the inspiration behind her ministry.

We will be featuring Andrea and Reece’s Rainbow this October, during National Down Syndrome Month.

HP laptop

And now the winner…

The winner of the HP Pavilion dv5t Entertainment Notebook PC and the HP Photosmart C4480 All-in-One Printer is…

Kori, Richard, Jacob and Calob from My Life as a CFer’s Wife.


What makes a woman marry a man she knows has a life-shortening illness for which there is no cure?

For Kori, it was the decision that having at least some days with the man she loved – no matter how numbered – was better than no days at all.

So, eight years ago, Kori, who already faced the challenges of becoming a mom at sixteen and again at nineteen, packed up her two young children, (the youngest was only eighteen months old) and married the man she loved, but knew she would lose, Richard, a Cystic Fibrosis patient eighteen years her senior.

Kori knew her heart would be broken – that Richard couldn’t defy the odds forever.

As the years passed however, Richard – now a Husband and a Daddy – continued to beat his illness, living well beyond the average life expectancy for CFers, even becoming Alabama’s oldest surviving Cystic Fibrosis patient.

As I talked to Kori on the phone today, I could hear her love for Richard, “He is the Daddy in this house. My boys have never known another father. He is their hero.”

But after a lifetime miraculously beating CF, Richard was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Recurrent Colon Cancer. The treatment is not for a cure, but to buy him more time with his adoring family.

As Kori watches her family suffer, she stands strong in her faith, clinging to her God who holds them throughout their agony. Her blog, My Life as a CFer’s Wife, is a testimony to their struggles and their victories in Christ.

In blog posts like, Dirty Water Down the Drain, Kori testifies to the tangible strength she draws from the hope she has in Christ.

Richard’s prognosis isn’t good — he may have as few as eight months, or as much as two years, to live. And while he soaks up his family’s love during these last months, a lot of the day is spent alone, too weak to do the things he loves.

As he waits in a hospital bed or at home on the couch, and his sons go to school and Kori works to pay the bills, the clock moves slowly. This laptop from HP will connect him to the world and provide an escape from the pain and monotony of CF and cancer.

Perhaps the part of this family’s story that haunts me the most is thinking about Richard and Kori’s boys, Jacob and Calob. These boys are losing their Dad — their hero. As the mom of a young son, that thought breaks my heart.

None of us know our future, but these boys know they may very well lose their Dad before they even reach high school. And if that horrible fate becomes their reality, it touches me to know that they will have his laptop – the very place that their Dad played his favorite game of Solitaire, surfed websites and updated his blog.

There is so much suffering that we cannot stop. But today we get to offer one small gift that will change a family’s world.

Thank you bloggers and readers. And thank you HP.

This gift was from all of you – and on behalf of the 5 Minutes for Mom team and Kori, Richard and their boys – THANK YOU! Blogs CAN Change Lives!



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angela August 30, 2008 at 8:33 am

Wow. What a story – and what a gift.

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2 Lani ~ The Wooden Porch August 30, 2008 at 8:45 am

You picked the perfect family to bestow this gift upon!

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3 Kim August 30, 2008 at 9:36 am

A laptop isn’t a cure, but hopefully it is something that can make their lives a little easier and keep Richard connected to his family at all times.
The idea that it can become a legacy for his sons too, is just amazing.
Well done!

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4 DJ August 30, 2008 at 9:47 am

Great choice, I hope it brings this family some comfort!

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5 Kori August 30, 2008 at 9:50 am

We are truly touched by your wonderful feature of our family. Thank you 5 minutes for Mom and thank you Janice. I enjoyed out talk and our new found friendship. God bless you and yours.

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6 Christina August 30, 2008 at 10:55 am

What an awesome decision! Congrats to Kori and her family. I will keep you and your family in my prayers!

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7 casual friday everyday August 30, 2008 at 10:57 am

Oh this just breaks my heart. They are perfect to receive this gift. I pray he has two full years or more and not the 8 months.

Nell

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8 kelli August 30, 2008 at 1:12 pm

What a perfect choice! This will be such a blessing for him, and his family.

Thank you again for doing this. And for making the decision to continue featuring how to help.

You guys rock!

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9 Lisa August 30, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Thanks for giving this family such a wonderful gift. My prayers will be with them.

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10 Beth August 30, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Oh wow… I’m so incredibly excited. I adore Kori and Richard, and I can’t even express how excited I am that this happened for them.

GOd bless you all!

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11 Susie August 30, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Just :)

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12 oh amanda August 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Beautiful post & prize for a beautiful family! I have tears in my eyes…

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13 Dorothy August 30, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Thank you for giving to this family. I just recently came upon their blog and have been praying for them. May God bless you abundantly for continuing on this mission.

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14 Doll Clothes Gal August 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Congratulations – what a terrific story. Great web site too.

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15 Adventures In Babywearing August 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Wow- what a story. What generosity on so many people’s parts here… I am so touched!

Steph

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16 Anissa August 30, 2008 at 6:43 pm

You picked a wonderful winner. I hope the inspiration to do more takes your efforts far and wide…inspiring more from others.

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17 MaryBeth I August 30, 2008 at 9:12 pm

I really enjoyed reading about Kori and her family – thanks for sharing.

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18 Renee Garcia August 30, 2008 at 11:11 pm

Congratulations Kori and family!! We will be keeping all 4 of you in our prayers!

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19 To Think Is To Create August 31, 2008 at 1:16 am

Wow, I’m amazed and impressed on all accounts, from the families to HP’s involvement. Love it!

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20 melody is slurping life August 31, 2008 at 1:29 am

First, Andrea and Reece’s Rainbow are blessing the lives of so many.

And now, thank you for introducing Richard and his family. I feel blessed to know them even if through just a glimpse.

You made the right choice.

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21 Tina August 31, 2008 at 8:52 am

Congratulations to this amazing family.

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22 Z's Mom August 31, 2008 at 9:39 am

I’ve known Kori through her blog for a few months now and I am so thankful that they won this laptop!!!

Thank you 5 Minutes For Mom for making this happen!

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23 Erica August 31, 2008 at 6:16 pm

What a touching story. How incredible of HP.
I can’t wait to see how many more lives will be touched through the blogging can change lives campaign.

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24 RefreshMom August 31, 2008 at 6:56 pm

I didn’t read all the nominations or vote for anyone, but you certainly did choose a deserving family. I hope the laptop will help Richard feel connected to the world he can’t participate in as fully at this point.

I applaud 5 Minutes for Mom for being so committed to seeing how blogging can changes lives. I look forward to seeing what you do next.

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25 Tammy September 1, 2008 at 12:40 pm

What an amazing family. And a heart touching story.

I am so excited for the Blogs Can Change Lives campaign. It is going to make a difference in so many lives.

Kori, Parker and I will be in touch!

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26 Kate September 1, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Congratulations, Kori & family! You are richly deserving of this prize & I hope it helps Richard as he fights so bravely.

I’m really encouraged to know that 5 Minutes For Mom is going to continue to help other families. This could be the beginning of something really wonderful for lots of people ~ what a blessing!

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27 Marilyn - A Mixed Bouquet September 1, 2008 at 5:37 pm

What a blessing for Richard and his family! Congratulations! Such an amazing story.

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28 Storm September 1, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Congratulations.

What a touching story.

How awesome that your kindness and generosity will continue with this new department at 5MFM.

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29 Trish September 1, 2008 at 10:37 pm

What an amazing story of love and determination, and thank you for making this an ongoing thing. It is truly a wonderful thing.

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30 Jeff Goins September 9, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Very interesting. I love the use of faith and technology to share hope.

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