A Sunfish For Our Hero

For: Kylie Jae Monica
Organizer: Heather Monica
$1,686
of $2,500 goal.
Raised by 20 donors
67% Complete
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The Story

Hey guys! As you all know Kylie is our hero. She is a shining example of grace and joy. The girl with every reason to complain, NEVER does. She faces her DBA with a smile and humor. She pushes herself every day to do things we could have never imagined her doing. The baby that wasn't supposed to survive, is living, laughing and loving and teaching us all to as well. She wears her surgical scars as badges of honor. She sees her differences as attributes that keep her from being ordinary. She uses her journey as a foundation for the life she is building for herself. 
Since she began sailing three years ago, we knew she found her joy. The wind in her hair, forging forward through the waves, heading into deeper and deeper water. The wind at her back and the whole world open before her. She comes in with a smile on her face and a sparkle in her eye that says it all. We have never seen her so beautiful as she is when she is on the water. 
Her participation in the Toms River Yacht Club Junior Sailing program has been gifted to her by the graciousness of a grant from a member of the Yacht Club. The boat is loaned to her as well. This year, the boat was in such poor shape we actually invested a few hundred dollars of our own money repairing it, because without it. there would be no sailing for Kylie. We happily fixed it, especially considering all that was done for Kylie. We also hope that by fixing it up, another child in the future will be able to learn the joys of sailing on The Hunter just like Kylie did. 
Fortunately, Kylie is growing into a beautiful young lady. Something that at one time seemed unlikely. But at 15, she is by far, the oldest Opti sailor. But at less than 75lbs, one more year as an Opti won't hurt. Next year, her age alone will exclude her from competing in regattas as an Opti, and the next step up would be a Sunfish. Unfortunately, even renting a Sunfish is something that is financially beyond our abilities but we just cant bear to tell her "I'm sorry, you cant sail this year." 

We have researched our options and perused Craigslist for used Sunfish and we have found a few complete packages that will range anywhere from $1000-$2000. We would still need to get a trailer and a cover too so we are hoping that we could raise about $2500 max. If, by the grace of God, we get donations above what the costs all come to we will happily, proudly and gratefully give the extra the Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation  (www.dbafoundation.org) to help fund one of the many research programs that are desperately searching for a cure.
Please, help us surprise Kylie with a Sunfish. She deserves so much more, but this one thing would really bring her endless amounts of joy. Something my little hero more than deserves. 
Help us do something extraordinary or an extraordinary little girl.
Love to you all!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 4, 2014

Posted on September 4, 2014

Someone sure looks amazingly happy with her Sunfish!!!! Wonderful things are happening for our little sailor. Not only has she just finished her second day as a freshman in high school but this weekend she starts Fall Sail in her new Sunfish. Also, a mom we know is trying to get a Sail Team together for High School East. There is a team for HS South so we could definatley arrange some point races, we just need to put together a team and find some sponsors. Looks like there may be an orthodontist interested and hopefully our good old TRYC would let them meet there. Who knows, its all thoughts and ideas right now, but hopefully after this weekend we can brainstorm a little more and come up with a game plan. It sure ould be awesome. Not sure how we go about getting a sail number for her sail. Its all new to me too, so Im just learning as I go along too, but no complaints from me. I love it. I went outside today and had Kylie teach me how to rig the Sunfish. Its crazy watching this tiny squirt handle this monstrosity of a sailboat. CRAZY AWESOME! I want to know the nuances of her boat so I can help her maintain it. And now that we have the Sunfish, maybe I can cruise around in it sometimes. When I was younger my dad taught me how to sail on a friends boat and I really loved it. So, sailing definatly runs in the family. Kylies just the first one to do it for more than shits n giggles. Im going to ask some of the more experienced sailors and instructors at Fall Sail on Sunday what they recommend we replace/add on the boat. I know its gonna be a laundry list of words Im going to have to Google. Its all good. Ky and I love to learn new stuff!
Ill let everyone know how her first sail in her Sunfish went on Monday!
Love, Love Laugh and SAIL ON!
Heather & Kylie

Posted on September 3, 2014

Posted on September 3, 2014

We have a Sunfish!!!!!!!!!! And...... IT'S ORANGE!!!!!!
It was fate... I was perusing Sunfish ads and this gem popped up in Point Pleasant. It was a skoosh out of our price range but a little "about Kylie" email to the seller and the deal was made! It is older, but its a great boat in great condition. It needs some updating and a good polishing and in the next year or so, a new sail, but we just couldnt couldnt pass up an ORANGE boat! This weekend I will take Kylie over to Colie Sails in Point and get some new lines, cleats, rachets, snap hooks, ties, whoziwhatsits and thingymabobs... you know.. all that fancy schmancy sail stuff that I'm slowly, but surely learning about.
Im hoping I can get her the stuff she needs this Saturday because she STARTS FALL SAIL ON SUNDAY!!!!! 
Woot! Woot!
Because of all your awesomeness and love and support of my amazing kidds, her dreams are coming true. A sunfish.. AN ORANGE SUNFISH! Fall sail and stay tuned, becaue there may be some more amazing things on the horizon for Kylie and her crew of sailing friends. 
Please, know how much this means to us that Kylie has her sunfish... This is her hobby. The sparkle in her eye. The spring in her step. The bounce in her pounce. This is her JOY!

We love you all, and could never thank you enough!!! 

Posted on August 22, 2014

Posted on August 22, 2014

Update-
Summer 2014 Junior Sail program has ended. Tuesday night we had the awards ceremony for all the sailors. Each coach got up and said something about each sailor and presented them with their certificate of participation and some got awards for their achievements. There were point sail winners, Interclub winners, and the entire TRYC pretty much swept up in all the categories at the various regattas they attended this year. It was a banner year for the entire program.
The very last award to be presented also happens to be the most prestigious one. The James C. Fullmer Memorial Award for Excellence in Sportsmanship. Dr. Fullmers' son, and one of the Board of Governors, Will Fullmer, arrived at the podium and began his speech. Immediately the emotion he held for this award was evident as his tears flowed freely as he discussed his father and how with his death came the inception of this memorial. He lost his father in the early 1970's, so although not a fresh wound, it is still a very painful one... this is a man who truly, truly loved, honored and respected his dad. His speech was genuine, his message clear. Sportsmanship, above all, even skill, is THE GREATEST quality a sailor needs to possess. You can be a great sailor, but if you aren't a great person, it's all for naught. He made it very clear how serious they take this award when choosing its recipient. It has been awarded to one sailor every year since 1975 and all the names engraved on it, not surprisingly, have gone on to do wonderful things and brought great change to this world we live in. These sailors, chosen because in their words, actions and behaviors, impart all the qualities needed to make a great human being on and off the water. And this years recipient was none other than our daughter, Kylie Jae Monica.
Once his words sunk in, and I gathered enough of my wits about me to grab my camera and run up front, (quite possibly steamrolling a few parents and kids, sorry- my bad) I couldn't even stop shaking enough to take a damn picture. Of course I was crying, sobbing, quite possible slobbering and close to a full on snort. Mr. Fullmer and Kylies instructor Molly presented her with the award and a beautiful watercolor painting of the TRYC by a famous local artist. (which she THINKS is going in her room.. I however plan on putting it AT the front door.. possibly on an easel so I can move it around to where it can ALWAYS be visible!) As this award concluded the evening's festivities everyone began to approach Kylie, Joe and I with a deluge of congratulations and adulations. Not just from our friends but from people we had never met!
Even the next day, the last day, of sailing, Kylie told me quite a few parents and sailors commended her on her achievement!
Wow... just wow... They hit the nail on the head when they chose Kylie as the recipient of this award. That kid is a million kinds of awesome. And she deserved it. No doubt...
I appreciate all the donations thus far more than you could EVER imagine, but I must put a shorter time limit on it. I was planning on running this until her 16th birthday, April 23, 2014- then giving it to her as a gift, but it looks like her Opti, The Hunter is in dire straits at the moment. She was hit head on by another sailor from a different yacht club and received gash, probably the length from my elbow to finger tips, and wide enough to but my hand IN !! Kylie made a point to memorize their sail number and I believe a notification was made to the sailors yacht club. But really, thats all you can do. It kind of goes with the territory, especially when sailing with inexperienced sailors. For now the hull is patched up with Gorilla Glue Duct Tape, and I DO plan on fixing it over the winter so we can provide another scholarship sailor with a free boat but Miss Kylie is desperately trying to get me to sign her up for Fall sail.... so it looks like Im going to have to really push to find a Sunfish that meets all out needs ASAP! Fall sail starts in September!!! ARGH!
So, please, help us get this girl in a Sunfish ASAP... She so deserves it!
Come hell or high water, this girl will be SAILING this fall... Joe and I will do whatever we have to in order to make it happen! I cant wait to be able to start posting pictures of her sailing in one!!!
MUCH LOVE TO ALL!
Live on, love on, laugh on ..... and SAIL ON!

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