A few months back my youngest brother touched my heart in such a beautiful way….
He came to me and told me that this year (2013) would be the last year he is eligible to auction a heifer at the Kern County Fair. He had decided that all of the money he raises he would like to donate to heart research in memory of his niece, Jane Siapin. As Jane’s mother, I was honored by his compassion, love and desire to improve the lives of others who may find themselves in the same traumatic experience that we have had- just last year. After much consideration, John decided that Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital would be his hospital of choice for the donation…
A bit of history— Jane was flown from Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) to Stanford for an emergency heart surgery 11 days into her life. We lived in Stanford for just over a month while she recovered from her heart surgery, at which point she was transferred back to CHOC to continue her recovery and died unexpectedly 3 days later. Because of her heart complications, she had many secondary complication that came into play. Our cardiologist told us that often times the challenge is helping such small babies survive through all of the machines and equipment that are actually trying to keep them alive. Nutrition is also a critical part in their ability to pull-through. More often than not, very small babies (like Jane) lack the ability to take in and process food efficiently so that their bodies can absorb all of the nutrients to help with their fight for survival. This is an area that still requires much research.
…Last year when John auctioned his heifer he had a goal of 10k and just missed the mark. This year he has held onto that goal of $10,000 and will donate ALL of the proceeds to Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford. I love the way he worded it. He said to me, “I’m not interested in improving the beauty of the building, I want the money to go directly to research for Ebstein’s Anomaly (which was Jane’s congenital heart defect), or anything heart related in small babies. I wouldn’t even mind donating the money directly to some baby’s heart surgery.” We have already been in contact with Lucille Packard and that is exactly where the money will go. In fact, a few months back I spoke with Jane’s cardiologist and he is currently working on research that focuses on small babies with heart conditions.
If you would like to be part of this incredible donation, please review the following information:
1. You will need to fill out the Kern County Fair Junior Livestock Auction Form- Buyers Authorization, Designation, and Auction Number Application. It needs to be signed and either faxed and emailed back to: F- (877) 636-0299 ; Email- Daniel Siapinfirstname.lastname@example.org
2. Checks can be made payable to: KCFJL and mailed to John Kosareff, 1250 Arrow Wood Drive, Brea CA 92821. A credit card donation is also acceptable.
3. The donation is 100% tax deductible
4. We will need to receive form and donation NO LATER than September 20, 2013.
Thank you very much for your support and willingness to improve the lives of others. The truth is, having a child die in your arms is by far the worst life-changing event that I have experienced. It sucks the life right out of you. If by God’s great mercy we are able to help future families, it is worth the effort and money.
I’d like to take this last moment to brag a little bit more about my brother, John. Growing up he has always had a heart of gold. I’ll never forget how much he loved animals. He use to gather together puppies that our dog had (thinking they were beanie babies) and just squeeze and love them with all his might. We usually had to intervene at some point and remind him they were real animals. . Moving forward several years and into 2012, he was one guy that I could always talk to about Jane and share my memories. He has been comforting beyond what he knows. When he came to me with this idea of donating the money in memory of Jane, he wasn’t looking for any praise…but he surely deserves it. It really is an extraordinary action! Just recently an uncle of ours who lives in Australia was diagnosed with cancer. The family called to see if he would come live in Australia and help on the farm. With little thought, he agreed and left within a matter of days. He is coming back to auction his heifer during the week of the Kern County Fair and plans to return to Australia after the fair to continue helping our uncle and his family. John’s love and care for others continues to spill out unconditionally.