by christina britt lewis
You guys, meet my new friend Jalaybrian (ja-lay-bree-an)...
Jalaybrian needs our help.
He was born with microcephaly, a rare life-long neurological condition with no cure.
He will never walk or talk or climb stairs, his brain is underdeveloped.
He will never give hugs or say thank you's out loud,
But you can't miss the light and love in his eyes.
Jalaybrian is 4 years old and lives with his Grandmother and Grandfather.
They live in a cute little house with an attached garage and upstairs bedrooms.
Every day and every night his grandparents carry their growing grandson up and down the stairs.
There is no room on the first floor for his bed and all of his medical equipment.
We have an idea that will change the world for Jalaybrian and Grandma and Grandpa.
We need your help to make it happen.
Remember when we turned our garage into a teen cave for our boys?
Well, a big Hollywood producer found our garage redesign online and called.
This was a dream come true sort of situation for us.
He wanted our family to do a show redesigning garages.
He wanted to make Charlotte the new Waco and Tim and me the new Chip and Joanna.
We did the interviews and sent the photos and waited.
This is how it goes.
We have been close before.
I am the queen of coming close.
They never reject you out loud, they just never call you back.
In the middle of the waiting, we heard Jalaybrian's story.
While Tim and I were waiting to hear if we would redesign garages for HGTV,
Grandma and Grandpa were waiting to hear if funding would come through to redesign their garage for their grandson. It didn't.
Tears fell as we realized, our dream is ridiculously small.
Who cares if we are on tv! Not us. Not one bit.
Because every day life is getting harder and harder for this family and we can do something about it.
Our new dream is to make the world more beautiful for ALL people.
Please help us redesign their garage into a bedroom for Jalaybrian.
He loves music and the color red.
He is happiest when you hold him and talk to him.
Black and white books are his favorite.
He sees best when objects are against a dark background, like stars in the sky.
Let's make sure Grandma doesn't have to carry her grandson up and down stairs anymore.
Let's paint the galaxy on his ceiling!
Let's get a comfortable recliner so when Grandpa holds him they can look up and see stars.
Let's level the floor and construct a real room with heat and air conditioning.
Let's get him a bookshelf filled with all of the black and white books!
Let's make the hard work of caring for Jalaybrian easier and happier.
Let's change the world for this beautiful family.
Grandma and Grandpa are dedicated to making their grandson's life as sweet as possible.
They are people who see the beauty in everything and make do with what they have.
They are selfless. They are generous. They are givers.
Just like you.
Every time we say yes to helping people before we know where the money will come from,
you save the day. You stood hand in hand with the broken-hearted and whispered,
"you are not alone" with every dollar you gave to help us make a home for victims of domestic violence
in Charlotte a few years ago. You know we get what we give so we know you will rise up and save the day again.
Every dollar matters.
No donation is too small.
$5 buys a black and white book that will bring happiness to a little boy in need.
We will donate all of our time, we need YOU to please donate to cover the cost of construction and furnishings. Unlike our own low- budget garage redesign, we will construct a fully finished bedroom for Jalaybrian. Every penny donated above and beyond the actual cost of the project will go directly to Jalaybrian's grandparents.
THANK YOU for making this happen, you world changers, you.
Here's a breakdown of the costs:
$10,000 - construction
$800 - recliner
$350 - dresser
$300 - tv
$300 - cool light fixture
$300 - happy art
$300 - mobile and fun toys
$150 - bookshelf
$150 - floor pillows
$100 - black and white books
$100 - cozy sheepskin rug
$80 - wireless baby monitor
$30 - wireless speaker for music
$20 - sound machine
$13,280 - total
We will blog everything so you see what you give and so you know how much it matters.
click here to donate
With so much love and gratitude,
Christina and Tim for everyone at The Redesign Company