Announcing the “Blogs Can Change Lives” Playstation Portable Recipients…

Reading through these nominations breaks my heart and inspires me at the same time. The courage and strength of these children and the love they share is astounding. Each deserves so much more than any gift we could ever give.

When you read through all the nominations in the comments on our Blogs Can Change Lives post, you’ll feel the love for all these children… and a few will especially stick in your mind because of the multiple nominations they received.

It is awesome to see how much love was shared for Kyler Young who had pages full of nominations. Other children such as Brooke Martin and Coleman Scott Larson also received multiple nominations.

Meet Brooke, Kyler and Coleman…

Anissa was the first to nominate Brooke:

Brooke MartinBrooke Martin is almost 6 years old, she completed cancer treatment for leukemia in May of 08 and a month later she relapsed. She has spent over 130 days in the hospital receiving treatment, fighting illness, in and out of the ICU for infections, and is getting ready to head into full body radiation and bone marrow transplant.

She’ll be spending more than 150 days in isolation and at the hospital during BMT.

Her family could never afford to give her a PSP and would never ask, but I WILL.

Her caring bridge page is

So many people nominated Kyler, we couldn’t even count them all. (And almost every number selected was a nomination for him.) Here’s a few excerpts:

Kyler Young“I am nominating Kyler. His story is amazing. His will to live inspiring. Most of all, the mother who raises him lifts and inspires women everywhere through her blog. HOORAY KYLER!!!!”

“I have never seen this kid without a smile on his face. He is such a wonderful loving big brother and an amazing young man!”

“He is an amazing young man that is completely deserving of this. He has had a battle all of his life with his health. He is such a good guy and such a fighter!”

“For the fourteen years I have known Kyler his generosity and dedication for the people around him has always blown me away. Even through his trails he has always stayed positive.”

Rachel, Sam and others nominated Coleman Scott Larson:

ColemanColeman Scott Larson: This little guy is such a trooper – you have no idea. He is 4 years old is battling Medulloblastoma. His carepage is

“The family just found out that the last several rounds of chemo hasn’t helped, and his cancer has spread, pretty significantly. This kid deserves this more than anyone I know and we have pledged to make enough to buy Colemans twin brother a PSP too if we win for them. Coleman’s brother, Caden …. is amazing and he’s always there for Coleman — never complaining.”

Those were just three of the amazing stories shared in the nominations. Take a moment to read through all the other comments and visit all the blogs yourselves.

As I said, selecting only ten children to award with these PlayStation Portables was too difficult, so we had to rely on help from

Drumroll please…

The ten PSP® (PlayStation Portable) recipients will be:

  1. Kyler Young
  2. Brooke Martin
  3. Coleman Scott Larson
  4. #189 Kelly Hargrave’s 6 1/2 years old daughter who has a neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II.
  5. #37 – Candace who has giant Congenital Hairy Nevus. She was nominated by Bonnie Sayers.
  6. #69 – Jaxon who has cancer and a liver transplant. He was nominated by Shawna Davis.
  7. #95 – Kaya is six and has T-Cell ALL Leukemia. She was nominated by Cindi Kavadas.
  8. #125 – Mandy Willis who has a genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis Type 1.
  9. #199 – Noralee’s six year old great nephew who has Cystic Fibrosis.
  10. #186 – Max who is a 4 yr old boy born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and now has PTLD which is Non-Hodgkin’s-Lymphoma and is polymorphic lymphoblastic aggressive and causing necrosis. Max was nominated by I’m The Mom.

If your name is on this list (or you are the contact person), please send us a note with the subject PSP SHIPPING ADDRESS with the shipping address and phone number where we can have the PSP delivered.

We want to thank again Sony PlayStation for generously donating these 10 PSP® (PlayStation Portable) systems to these courageous children.


  1. says

    How fabulous that you guys get to do this… What a wonderful job you’ve created for yourselves! Well done, ladies. And congrats to those children!

  2. Anissa says

    OMG!!!! Susan and Janice, what an awesome awesome thing! Thank you to you and to Sony for making these kids’ lives a little more full of joy. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to know that these children’s lives are going to be blessed in this way. Picking Brooke Martin and Mandy Willis, both good friends of mine, is so tremendously generous. I hope that Sony understands what a gift they have given and will see the good they have done.


  3. says

    This is truly amazing and I could say a thousand thank you’s and it would never be enough! Due to the financial strains of Mandy’s chemo, Christmas was destined to be very, very lean this year. You have just made her so happy! Though she doesn’t know it yet! And my heart is overflowing with joy to be able to put such an amazing gift under the tree for her!!! Thank you so much to you and to Sony for such a tremendous blessing!!!!!!

  4. says

    Susan and Janice, you guys are great (not to mention Sony!!) Thank you for doing this for the kids. I know it had to be heartbreaking to choose only 10. I’m glad that Coleman was chosen … he and his family have touched me in a profound way – I have never even MET them and following Coleman’s journey through his Care Page has changed the way I look at look at things, especially when it comes to my family. The Larsons are amazingly strong – I have to say, I ask myself after reading each post … could I DO that…could I even laugh, play and put on this smile every day that (she has to) so he’s not even more scared than he is. I don’t know if I could. The parents have incredible faith and strength and for anyone who hasn’t already heard of them, I urge you to read their Care Page. Peggy’s descriptive writing about what they are going through – which I imagine is her “outlet” to vent, be emotional, sad, angry — and happy …. is truly inspiring. She finds something good for every bad thing (something I think most of us lack the ability to do….I know I do anyway) and I just don’t know how she does it, day after day ,after day … while her son is getting worse. They have touched the lives of people around the world – their care page has tens of thousands of comments – every post gets several hundred comments and responses of prayer, get wells, and positive reinforcement of how this family is handling their struggle with cancer.

    Anyway, thanks again for doing this. I’ll contact you offline and give you their contact information (address/phone) … I’m sure this will make the hospital stays, doctor visits, plane rides to NYC where they stay in Ronald McDonald house while getting treatments by specialists pass a little more quickly.

    You all did a good thing here, gals.

    Rachel Tramontana.

  5. says

    This is just such a beautiful thing. This can make such a difference to a child who cannot “get out and play” like kids should be able to. Thank you, thank you for reaching out like this.

  6. says

    I am so thrilled to hear of all the nominations and love poured out for all these children.

    I nominated Kyler and very exicited that he’ll get the chance to enjoy this fabulous prize. It was really cool how the nomination came together. I posted a prayer request for Kyler on my blog MONTHS before and a friend of mine saw the PSP for kids post here. She immediately emailed me and asked if we should nominate Kyler. She remembered the prayer requst I had written.

    Thank you 5m4m for impacting so may lives this year! :)

  7. says

    This is so heartwarming. As much as I enjoy the blog and the giveaways, this is what makes you truely special. Thanks again for doing this (and thanks to Sony too).

  8. Linda says

    I am having a deep affection to children who undergoes such excruciating experience, cancer. Have you noticed? They are a happy being whose love shown on their lively faces. I once had a niece who undergoes such part of the life cycle of us being humans in this unpredictable world. We were like the sad part but she had shown us how to accept and be loved. She seldom cries as she was saddened if we follow her mood. So she always smile. And her example led us to understand the ones who suffer are the ones who are very angel of us that is missing.
    Linda :)


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