Purple Lemonade Stand

Purple Lemonade Stand

Along with other family foundations involved in raising funds toward the cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome, stuff we have been invited to participate in a national effort called Purple Lemonade – A Stand for Sanfilippo Syndrome. It was the vision of Grey Chapin, a six-year-old determined to fund a cure for the disorder that afflicts her older sister Blair. Please take a moment to read further to see how you can support a little girl’s idea that “If a glass of lemonade could save a child – would you buy one? Of course you would!”

A main event page (listed below) has been set up to set the stage for this group marketing event and inspire people like you to help the group reach its goal of $1 million. We are asking for you to follow the links to the Foundation’s team page and consider being a part of our team by hosting a live stand, roll out a virtual one, share with family and friends, or simply buy a virtual glass and say cheers to Grey and the purity of her idea to save her sister, bringing attention this devastating disease.

Please visit –

http://www.theblairbanner.com to learn about the Chapin family and Purple Lemonade.
http://www.theblairbanner.com/events/purple-lemonade/ for more information on hosting a physical lemonade stand.
http://www.crowdrise.com/PurpleLemonadeStand to host a virtual stand, donate, share or to learn more about this community effort.

If you choose to a virtual individual fundraiser, we hope to launch all on June 16th or as soon after as possible for you. When building your page remember–

• Personalize your page by including pictures and stories – make the reader understand how much their help will mean to you. Remember to be as
brief as possible while telling your compelling story.

• Create a strong case for need – let your donors know funds are short, the disease rare, the need critical

• Include facts about the research – timelines to clinical trial etc. For example with adequate funding a clinical trial for Types A and B could begin as
early as December 2014

Stands, whether virtual or live, do NOT have to be elaborate or raise thousands. This is a true “it takes a village” effort and every dollar is greatly appreciated. Credit card donations made through this site do have a $10.00 minimum, but all dollars raised can be added into the team total. Build your team by recruiting family, friends and business associates to help with your stand, donate or simply share our story.

When posting/tweeting remember to use #purplelemonadestand.

Please contact us with questions.

With gratitude,

Sue and Brad

Webinar: October 8

Webinar: October 8

Nationwide will be hosting a webinar October 8th from 2:00 – 3:30 EST to further explain the MPS IIIA/IIIB Natural History Study, including the rationale, aims, and plans for enrollment. This will be a 90-minute webinar with 45 minutes of slides/presentations followed by 45 minutes of questions. Further details to follow, including call-in information. Space is limited to 250 attendees.

Learn more about the study here.

Sweetheart Dance

Sweetheart Dance

An elegant setting at on of the world’s finest hotels

The 20th Annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance will be held Friday, February 13, 2015,  in the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.

This gracious venue is set high above the Magnificent Mile, where guests will be welcomed with a champagne cocktail reception followed by a four-course dinner in contemporary American style enhanced by the great bounty of the Midwest.

We will be treated to the magical sounds of the Michael Lerich Orchestra, which has entertained us for the past 19 years!  And silent auction packages promise to tempt sports, travel, dining, spa and shopping enthusiasts.

Reservations are $250 per person or $2,500 for a table of ten and must be made in advance.  Please plan to join us by marking your calendars now.

Tickets & Sponsorship
Trivia Night

Trivia Night

Pencil us in on your calendars for Friday, pills November 15th.  It is the date of our 3rd Annual Trivia night at the Hinsdale Community House.  You can be sure of a night filled with trivia, friends and good times.  Reservations are $25.00 per person. For more information, call 708-784-0631 or send an email to curekirby@sbcglobal.net.

Register Here
Kirby’s High School Graduation

Kirby’s High School Graduation

From a very early age, Kirby impressed us.  She’s always brought joy to the toughest situations and inspired us as she overcomes limitations.  This June, family and friends came together to watch Kirby reach an incredible goal:  cruise across the stage to accept her high school diploma.

Photo by Katie Kenny Frisbie

Kirby with her Family

Once we started celebrating her achievement, Kirby’s long-time friends, Kathi and Rich (Nick – As Kirby called him) Brummet, shared a poem they wrote that brought the whole room to tears. Grab a tissue box.

Today we toast a special grad

The best that LT’s ever had.

I met this princess years ago

Blond pigtails and a radiant glow.

She called me teacher, but was it true?

Perhaps she taught ME a thing or two.

 As it became a bit hard to learn

She said, “Let me teach…it’s my turn!”

And teach she did, in many ways

To all of us who shared her days.

She shows us how to survive the pain

And look for sunshine through the rain.

To beat the odds and keep on trying

Keep moving forward, don’t waste time crying.

A sip of tequila helps the medicine go down

Put a smile on your face, let go of the frown.

Be happy for what you have; celebrate the day!

Leave it to Kirby to help show us the way.

So raise your glasses and join with me

Cheers to KP, she has her degree!