Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Mathaus’ Gifts is very pleased to be Santa Claus Donors to the Jennifer Wilk’s Foundation Christmas Holiday celebration at Dell Children’s oncology unit!  Because of you, Mathaus’ Gifts donors and sponsors, we are supporting five families to receive stockings and personalized gifts to each child and their siblings!  In addition on, Christmas Eve, Jennifer Wilks Foundation provides  a special Christmas meal for the families on the oncology unit.

YOU have helped to provide a bright spot for these children and their families in an otherwise physically taxing and emotionally stressful circumstance.  May your hearts glow a little brighter knowing you have impacted these families lives!

Merry Christmas to you all!  May your holiday be filled with Peace and Love!

 

Through the Unthinkable – Pediatric Palliative Care

Through the Unthinkable, by Rose Cahalan was a piece about pediatric palliative care written for the Alcalde, The Official Publication of the Texas Exes.  The article follows Rachel Carnahan, a social worker on the pediatric palliative team at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin.  Rachel was Mathaus’ palliative care social worker.  We are grateful to Rachel for the exceptional care she gave our Mathaus and our entire family.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“The word “palliative” comes from the Latin pallium, meaning “cloak.” A cloak is a fitting image for a model of health care focused on encompassing the whole person, not just their illness. Palliative care is often confused with hospice—a narrower subtype of palliative care focused on the end of life—but increasingly, it isn’t only for people who have a terminal prognosis. The basic idea is that a team of doctors, nurses, and social workers collaborates to alleviate pain and stress. Their top priority is to improve quality of life, whether or not a cure is possible.”

“Palliative care is not about death,” Jones tells them. “It’s more about living. In pediatric palliative care we look for ways to reduce suffering and allow kids and families to live life to the fullest.”

To read the article in it entirety click the link below:

http://alcalde.texasexes.org/2014/10/through-the-unthinkable/

I was asked to share a parents perspective on pediatric palliative care.  I was glad to share Mathaus’ life and talk about the importance palliative care was to our family.  To view the video playing on the Long Horn Network click below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZSn_QGx9Zg&feature=youtu.be&list=UU4X5bqBTv7wmJ1Trd6_kzig

 

 

Cure Search Walk Austin 2014

Mathaus’ Gifts Team had so much fun at Austin’s Cure Search Walk 2014!  Despite the chilly weather we had a great turnout of superheros for the walk along the beautiful Mueller Park.  Mathaus’ Gifts raised over $650.00 towards innovative pediatric cancer research!!

Cure Search for Children’s Cancer is a national non-profit foundation that accelerates the cure for children’s cancer by driving innovation, eliminating research barriers and solving the field’s most challenging problems.

Thank you to those that donated and those of you that came out to the walk despite the chilly weather to honor, remember and find a cure for childhood cancer!

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Cure Search Austin Walk for Pediatric Cancer Research!

Cure Search walk is November 15th! Many of you have came out to join us for the Cure Search Walk in the past and we would love to have a big showing this year for Mathaus’ Gifts and we want you there!!! If you haven’t come out before, this is the year!! The walk is at the beautiful Mueller Park in Austin November 15th at 10:00am! It’s easy to join, just click the link below and select donate now OR our join team. It’s only $10 for adults to walk and kids can walk for free. It is a fun family event with lots of activities for the kids including the Bat-mobile, snacks, face painting and games!

Mathaus’ Gifts is currently in 5th place, let’s stay in the top 5!  If you are not able to walk please consider making an investment and contribution, funds go to RESEARCH for pediatric cancer! Our son Mathaus died from cancer because there were no other treatment options available, I no longer want that to be the reality for kids that are still fighting! Even the smallest amount is important!

Join our team or create your own! Our team is Mathaus’ Gifts.  It would be great to have you all there! The location is great and it will be a lot of fun!  To register clink the link below and select the register button.  It will ask if you would like to join an existing team, click show all and you will find Mathaus’ Gifts on the list, select join team and continue with registration.
http://www.curesearchwalk.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1092178

If you prefer to make a contribution but are not able to walk this year, simply click donate on our team page.  http://www.curesearchwalk.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1092178&lis=1&kntae1092178=E548C159E4544349931D305C4D832294&team=5860852

We look forward to seeing you there!!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Butterfly Kisses

Mathaus’ Gifts sent some sweet butterfly kisses to family that received unexpected news after their child’s scans. Uncertain of their next steps they set off to enjoy their moments together and Mathaus sent some sweet butterfly kisses to help them on their way. We are keeping their family close in prayer and we are sending them our love.

Nurses Appreciation Retreat

It was Mathaus’ Gifts pleasure to be a part of the celebration for Oncology Nurses appreciation week!  The nurses were provided a retreat room to rest, rejuvenate and reflect, as well as provided a delicious meal of home smoked Owens BBQ.  These women and men care so wonderfully for the children and families on the 4th floor at Dell Children’s Medical Center and the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center, CBCC in Austin.  We are grateful for their dedication and care!

Spreading Mathaus’ Gifts of love!

There are many challenges for families when their child is in the hospital receiving treatment for pediatric cancer and the side effect of that treatment. Children with pediatric cancer are frequently admitted to the hospital. During these admissions there are feelings of isolation, uncertainty of what the day will bring for your child and a roller coaster of emotions. Additionally, very often these common hospital stays place financial strain on the family; from loss of time at work by the parents, travel costs and food expenses. Mathaus’ Gifts goal is help with this strain by giving assistance for these expenses.

Thanks to your giving we were able to spread love from Mathaus’ Gifts to 10 families at our local Dell Children’s Medical Center!

We remember receiving financial gifts from Mathaus’ supporters, often right when we needed it the most. It is such a pleasure to pay forward this wonderful gift! Thank you Mathaus’ Gifts supporters for making this possible!

An Enchanting Afternoon Tea

Mathaus’ Gifts Cherished Memories Vintage Tea was a spectacular success!
It was a truly enchanting afternoon full of laughter, a few tears, an abundance of generosity with an energetic group of ladies and gentlemen that came ready to bid. Mathaus’ Gifts exceeded our goal to raise $3,000 for families of children with cancer! Thank you for making this possible!

The ladies attending the tea raved about our photographer Doc List! He made everyone feel so comfortable behind the camera and the images he took are stunning! Doc List Photography has very generously offered 50% of all proceeds from sales of digital downloads and physical products will be donated to Mathaus’ Gifts! To view and purchase your Cherished Memories Vintage Tea photos follow this link.

http://www.doclistphotography.com/mathaus-gifts-tea-party-2014

Please contact Doc List for family photos and your special events, http://www.doclistphotography.com/.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Emily Cousins, our fantastic emcee of the event. You can find find Emily on Song Writers Across Texas on the CW Austin.

A special thank you to Goodness Gracious China for providing the beautiful china tea service for the event. Please consider Goodness Gracious for your next event to add a touch of whimsy, romance or elegance. www.goodnessgraciouschina.com

Sugar Muffins Bakery impressed our guests by providing a beautiful and delicious variety of cupcakes!  They were topped with gold ribbons and butterflies specially created for Mathaus’ Gifts.  Thank you Sugar Muffins Bakery!   http://www.sugarmuffinsbakery.com/ 

We also must thank Marshall Graphix for our logo and banners. Marshall Graphix has been wonderful to work with showing professionalism, creativity and quality, http://www.marshallgraphix.com/.

Thank you to our special guests, your presence made this day fun and unforgettable! Your contribution and gifts will make a difference.

Our first major fundraising event

Mathaus’ Gifts is hosting a Vintage Tea Party Benefit with all proceeds going to families of children with cancer.

There will be door prizes and an impressive selection of silent auction items with the theme of “Making Cherished Memories”! Tickets include a lovely three course meal, a special hot tea service and great company for a very worthy cause! We would love for you to join us at this important event!

It will be held on July 5, 2014 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm at The Westin Hotel in the Domain (map).

Examples of the silent auction items include Massage Envy, The Austin Aquarium, Alamo Draft House, Lone Star River Boat, and Doc List Photography. It’s going to be exciting, and there will be lots of wonderful things for you to bid on!

Our photographer, Doc List, will not only be taking pictures during the event, but will also be doing “red carpet” photography. Anyone interested in purchasing images or a package from Doc will be able to do so at the Tea Party.

Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance:

 

Mathaus’ Gifts would like to extend our gratitude to these amazing sponsors and donors of the Mathaus’ Gifts Cherished Memories Vintage Tea!
 
Lisa & Terence Owens
Marshall Graphix
Goodness Gracious China
Silver Leaf Resorts
Executive Chef Windle Grissett
Doc Photography
Cedar Park Jewelry
Austin Aquarium
Cleaning Green
Barnett & Associates
The Westin Austin Domain
Certified Yoga Therapist Jessica Marquez
Castle Hill Fitness Center
Massage Envy
Dr. Jo Yoga
Austin Zoo
Lone Star Riverboat
The Thinkery
Amy’s Ice Cream
Sugar Muffins Bakery
Playland Skate Center
Painting with a Twist
Shore Club Volente Beach
Fantasy Cakes
Alamo Drafthouse
Living Waters on Lake Travis
Craftylas Creations
Driskill Hotel
Marguerite St. Germain
Allen Lea
Flute Mellifluent
Fantasy Cakes
LH Designs
The Melting Pot
Painting with a Twist
Texican Cafe
Herbalife – Sandra Ochoa

THANK YOU for supporting families of children with cancer!!