Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Quilt for Isabella

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I made this quilt for my brother and sister-in-law"s youngest granddaughter, Isabella.
Isn't that a sweet name !
She has a very unique story, which I have included below.
I got my pattern for it from Angela, of Quilts with a Heart you can also find her on Facebook

My SIL Sharon, mailed me a photo of Isabella that I incorporated in the label.
I had made a quilt for my youngest Granddaughter Raychel , when she was a tiny baby that has her picture on it......  her Mama informed me recently that it's her favorite and she has to cover up with it every night....
so I thought Isabella might like a quilt with her picture on it too.

Isabella is the daughter of Darin and the late Jane Halme Larson. Isabella has defied odds since before birth. Darin and Jane tried to add to their family and they had a couple of miscarriages. Once Jane became pregnant with Isabella there was much joy. But that became worry when it was found that Isabella was actually twins! Within weeks it was apparent that something was wrong. Jane lost one of the twins. After many scary months on July 9th, 2012 Isabella Hope was born. Hope is her middle name because Jane and Darin so hoped, and prayed for this little girl.

When Isabella was 3 months old in October of 2012 her mommy, Jane bent over on a Saturday morning to pick up a wet towel off the floor and got a blinding headache. She was rushed to the hospital where it was found she had a brain bleed. She had surgery and we thought everything was going to be alright. It wasn't. On Oct. 21st, 2012 Jane Anne Halme Larson died and left behind many heartbroken people.
In February of 2013 Isabella was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) in her skin and scalp, which was treated with creams and periodic MRI scans. Then in June after a routine scan her doctors noticed something behind her ear and she was sent to a specialist to see if her LCH had spread, it had. Isabella then had a port placed in her chest and she had her first chemo on July 9th, 2013- Yes, that's right, on her FIRST Birthday! With the hard pregnancy, Jane's hospital stay and funeral cost and now chemo cost, this family could use some help.

Here is a little about her family- Her daddy is Darin Larson and she has a 5 year old brother Noah. Maternal Grandma, Anne Halme, Uncle Paul Halme and his family in Texas, Paternal Grandma Sharon of Harrold, South Dakota, Uncles Kevin and Galin and families. 
There are MANY other family and friends who love this family very much!

Here is a background on LCH -It's a histiocytic disorder that occurs when the body accumulates too many immature Langerhans cells which are a type of white blood cell that normally helps the body fight off infection. In LCH too many Langerhans cells are produced and build up in certain parts of the body where they can form tumors and while it's not considered a cancer it’s treated with chemotherapy.

A silent auction and spaghetti dinner will be held on Saturday October 19, 2013 at the Old 77 Banquet Hall in Dell Rapids, SD.

Donations can be sent to:
The Isabella Hope Benefit Auction
C/o Lori Bangasser
47648 257th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
You can read more about Isabella at Caring Bridge

Have a great day and God bless you.

6 comments: said...

Great quilt for a beautiful little girl. Many prayers for her and the family will be said. Thank you for sharing her story.

Kath said...

this is a heart breaking story, sending mots of love to this brave family. I'm sure this cute quilt will be a great comfort to dear little Isabella x

Rachaeldaisy said...

That quilt stitched with love is such a special gift for Isabella. Sending best wishes to her and her family through these hard times. It's good to hear they are surrounded by friends and family who love them.

InGa said...

A beautiful quilt for little Isabella. And a very sad story. I do hope she will get all the help she needs. It looks like you have a big family to support her. All my best wishes for her.
Hugs and regards from

Amy said...

A gorgeous quilt and a heartbreaking story. Praying for the little miracle Isabella, for the doctors and great family she is surrounded by.

Doniene said...

Oh Vickie, I can't believe that I didn't read this until know - I was checked out this week. What a wonderful quilt and a precious little girl! She and her whole family will be in my prayers!

Blessings and hugs!!

P.S. btw - the BQG website looks awesome!!