Just one week ago, we introduced you to this young man. You heard the heartbreaking story of a bullet that paralyzed him just shy of his thirteenth birthday. You heard that he's a good-hearted boy who wanted to meet Russell Westbrook for Christmas. And you heard of the immense hurdle his family faces to bring him home — $80,000 in repairs, travel, and equipment.
And then — you got busy.
In the seven days since we launched our campaign to #BringJannehHome you have raised almost $10,000! You've pledged your time and your services to help make it possible for Janneh to come home! You have tweeted and written to Russell Westbrook, asking him to visit Janneh — WHICH HE DID!
In fact, Russell showed up to The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital unannounced to surprise Janneh and his family. It wasn't a PR stunt — no reporters, no entourage, no videocameras — and that sincerity melted everyone's hearts. The story broke on Reddit and quickly got the attention of national news outlets and bloggers:
And from there it just got bigger...
Folks. Let us tell you — Janneh was starstruck. For a kid who talks a big game, he was speechless. But Russell hung out with him for about half an hour. He also brought a signed pair of his basketball shoes and his Sunset-Orange Jersey for Janneh to keep!
As the story has grown, so has support of the family and our efforts to #BringJannehHome! So far, 145 people from around the WORLD have given to help pay for the home modifications, the emergency generator and the a van for the family:
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Incredible, huh?! Well, we still need to mention that several companies have committed time and products to help:
- Kendra Orcutt, OTR of Home Mods by Therapists
- Wes Gaddy of KG Construction with Joe Sharp
- Michael Barnett of Barnett Electrical Services
- Spencer & Jessica Stone of CertaPro Painters of Norman
- Jeff Cross of Crosswind Pools
- Dave Boeck, Architect
- Kenny Smith of Consolidated Builders Supply
- Dolese of Oklahoma City
We've definitely hit the ground running to #BringJannehHome but we still need help. If you haven't already, jump in by pledging your time, giving cash, or providing a product or service. Volunteer work will start at the home after the first of the year. Know people who can help spread the word? Get them connected! Just like anything else, we'd rather do cool stuff with friends. Let's go!