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My favorite Independence Day moment in a movie is in Shane. Van Hefling and his wife celebrate their wedding anniversary, and he speaks haltingly but eloquently of being happy to have given up his own independence while the country celebrated.

What was touching in Shane would be ironic from Don Draper, and bitter from Pete Campbell. But I hope, for you and yours, it is a true celebration.

We thank you all. This is wonderful.

Here, again, is the blog about Orien Rose. All contact information is on the righthand side.

Now here’s a thing; Blogger has screwed up Christine’s account. She can’t access the above-linked blog to update it. (Doesn’t affect donations.) So to see today’s latest, go to the New Orien Rose Blog.

Anyway, here, specifically, is how to donate:

Many have asked if there was a way to donate money to aid Orien Rose (Moonfinder) and her family.
Checks can be made out to: Friends of Orien Rose Laplante, c/o Key Bank, 1031 Route 17K, Montgomery, NY 12549

Or, there is also a dedicated Paypal account setup specifically for her if you wish to contribute.

Click on the PayPal logo below. This will take you to PayPal’s website. Once you are on the PayPal website click on “Send Money” and send to this email address:

Moonbeams4Moonfinder@yahoo.com

Except I don’t have the paypal link. So you need to go back to her blog and scroll way down and click the icon.

Or, just go to Paypal and enter the above email as the place to donate.

Okay, I don’t have all the details yet, but everything went really, really well. She has a skull. The surgical team says they’re DONE inside her head. Like, done. There was very little bleeding, so healing should be fast. I’ll get this out to my mailing list later.

Thank you all for your help.

Christine has written today’s diary here.

Orien Rose is a miracle. She, and her parents, are important, beloved friends to us both. She is a nine year old girl who, just over a year ago, was in a horrific boating accident. There was skull, facial, and brain injury. Really bad stuff. Tomorrow morning, Tuesday, June 24th, she is having surgery, and we are looking for as many people on this earth as possible to simply think of her, and send positive energy.

You should see her now; have a look at this article from the other day. Orien is an exuberant and hilarious kid, and the interviewer doesn’t even mention how she burped the entire alphabet for him.

If she were doing only half as well as she is, the doctors would still be baffled by the speed and thoroughness of her recovery.

She is alive, well, and burping today due to teams of skilled and dedicated paramedics, doctors, nurses, and therapists, the fierce dedication of her parents, and the power of community. Orien Rose has been prayed for by Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and Santeros, she’s received energy from witches, Reiki masters, and anyone willing to simply hold a positive image in their minds for a moment.

Tuesday morning she faces the final hurdle: Replacement of the missing portion of her skull; a coordinated effort by neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, and infection control specialists. AND by the people who’ve been sending her positive energy of myriad forms for this past year.

Orien, her father, asks that people put a reminder on their alarm clock. A reminder to just think about Orien Rose when you wake up. They check into Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, R.I. at 6:30 AM (eastern time) and the procedure begins an hour or so later, and it will go on awhile, so whatever time you get up will be fine.

You can read Christine’s blog about Orien Rose’s progress, and their progress as a family.

Feel free to repost this on your blog, or link here, or write your own version in your own words (or all three).

Oh! And now that I think of it, if you do go to Christine’s blog, leave her a comment. I’d like to see her blog crashed by the spike in activity.

Thank you for being part of this very real miracle.