We are working on securing some media contacts for our Road Trip for a Cure which we embark on this coming June 14th (wow!) and are reaching out to our bloggers, family, friends and anyone you know that might be able to help give our Road Trip some media exposure. We are looking for some medica coverage in Newspapers, blogs, Radio, etc.
Please contact us if you can help: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Team Rachel Road Trip for Research is set-up like this (7,206 miles)
Reynoldsburg, Ohio (the home of the BDSRA)
Kansas City, MO
Colorado Springs, CO (Friends and Camping)
Salt Lake City, UT
Eureka, CA (Pacific Ocean and Redwood Forest)
Seattle WA (Twin Sisters)
Bloomington, MN (Mall of America0
Niagra Falls, NY (Woohoo!)
Hull, MA (Home)
Our goal is to bring Rachel to the west coast, swim in the Pacific ocean, raise awareness and research money for Batten Disease as well as meet Rachel’s 4 year old twin sisters for the first time (from her Father’s second marriage).
Batten Disease is a rare and fatal, genetic brain disease which affects children and has no cure. Most people and most doctors have never heard of the condition and without awareness these kids and future generations stand no chance. Research into Batten Disease treatments have positive implications with other diseases like Alzheimers, ALS, MS, Tay Sachs, Niemann Pick as well as dozens of others that most people have never heard of. While we are trying to cure Juvenile Batten Disease, the research put into this disease will help so many other people across multiple types of diseases and syndromes.
We are trying to raise $7206 to donate to Batten Disease Research at Mass General Hospital ($1 per mile). Please considering helping us reach our goal by either sending a donation via paypal or a check to:
Team Rachel, 35 N Street, Hull MA 02045 (Tax ID# 45-3078380)
If you can’t donate, if you have no media contacts, can you please share this blog with your friends and family via email, twitter and facebook. The more exposure we get, the better chance these kids have. There are doctors and scientists dedicated to these kids but because this disease is so rare they are underfunded. Please considering spending just a few minutes and sharing this website with those that you love. I only have a few more years with my beautiful daughter that suffers from this disease and I’d do anything to help you if you were in my shoes.
- Kat von Tungeln
Proud Mom of Rachel, Julie, London and Boston…
Alright, these road trip plans are coming together and we’ve added some new items to the bucket list. We are traveling from Boston MA through Colorado Springs CO to Eureka CA to Seattle WA and back to Boston via Bloomington, MN and Niagra Falls (NY). Take a look at our bucket list and let me know if you can think of any MUST SEE/TOUCH along our route.
This might be Rachel’s last BIG road trip so I really want to make it special. Batten Disease is slowly stealing my girl and I’m not about to have her miss out.
John will be flying out on the morning of July 4th to meet us in Seattle to enjoy a few days with my xhusband and his family (Rachel’s twin sisters) and then we’ll head back.
I’ve also found someone to do the minivan lettering (thank you Kerri @ Mayo Designs) “Batten Disease Road Trip for a Cure” and reference this website to try and get the full $7206 for Batten Disease research ($1 per mile).
If you can donate please click the link on the right that says “donate” or you can mail a check to: Team Rachel, 35 N Street, Hull MA 02045. You can also bring donations to The Good Geeks @ 667 Nantasket Avenue in Hull.
Thank you! <3…
In one month from today we leave for our Boston to California/Seattle Batten Disease Awareness Road Trip. We’re having some decals made for the minivan and will be armed with awareness bracelets and literature, hoping to raise awareness and research money along the way. I’ll be driving out to Cali then up to Seattle with all 4 kids and when we get to Seattle John will fly out and spend a few days with us up there and then we’ll drive home hitting up Niagra Falls on the way back.
We’re paying for the road trip costs ourselves but want to raise $7206 which equals $1 per mile for the trip as well as awareness for this disease. If you can contribute please mail a check to:
667 Nantasket Avenue
Hull, MA 02045
C/O Good Geeks
We are in the middle of completing our non-profit status so this tax dedictible. You can also paypal to email@example.com your donation. We currently have $56 raised! <3
This trip is a bucket list item, why not turn it into something more than that for all of the kids (Rachel included) suffering from this nasty disease.…
Here is the map of the trip we are taking, leaving on the afternoon of June 14th. The trip is 7,206 miles long and I am going to get some lettering on the minivan for the trip, bring lots of brochures and awareness bracelets for Batten Disease and try to solicit donations to the tune of $7206 (for each mile driven). We’ve filed our non-profit paperwork and will be donating the road trip donations entirely to Batten Disease Research (we are funding this trip out of our own pocket). Setting up a running tally towards to $7,206 goal on Teamrachel.com to keep track.
Rachel’s 12th birthday is next week (5/18) and we would like to have a birthday card contest. Send your best tactile birthday card to
- Rachel von Tungeln
35 N Street
Hull, MA 02045
- Or drop it off The Good Geeks
- Or hand it to her at school
With your name and email address on the back and Rachel’s top 3 picks will get a $10 Gift Certificate to Amazon.com via email.
Rachel’s 12th Birthday Tactile Card Contest closes on 5/18/12. …
We have sent in the paperwork to have the 2nd Annual Team Rachel Road Race on October 28th, 2012 with a 9am race start. Cannot wait!!!!!!!!!! I promised myself to send the letter in for approval before her birthday and that is coming up soon (May 18th).
Picture: Rachel with a starfish given to her by another blind person that she and her Granny ran into at the end of Hull, MA…
Rachel had an appointment with her Neurologists last Thursday for her regular appointment. Rachel is having an increasingly difficult time falling asleep at night and we have added 10mg of melatonin and 300mg of neurontin. This in addition to all of her other pills and she is still not falling asleep until close to midnight every night. I’m exhausted, and my tiredness level has been increasing in the last year. Its not my thyroid or “sugars” – I think I’m just exhausted from taking care of my Rachel, work, husband and my 3 healthy kids. I wouldn’t trade them for the world but I know I need to do something so I can be the best Mom I can be.
I spoke to the 2nd – 8th Graders at St. Jerome School in Weymouth, Massachuetts. Its hard to say enough about the disease without saying too much. The kids were fantastic listeners and several came up to me afterwards asking if they could hug me. If that isn’t an advertisement for that school, I don’t know what is. It felt good to bring awareness to the disease and raise a little bit of money (the kids paid to dress in regular clothes) and some of the money is going to Batten Disease Research.
Last but not least, I traded in my Jeep for another minivan to make things easier for our big road trip this summer (to California and back) and Rachel is having a harder and harder time getting into things. It may be a minivan but there is nothing like buying a new car with 5 miles on it. …
Rachel goes to Friendly’s every Wednesday night with her PCA Carol and this week instead of the “Balloon Man” they had a white easter bunny. I imagine that the easter bunny doesn’t speak but made an exception for Rachel (who is blind if you’re new here) and Rachel loudly exclaimed: “You’re a girl!!!!!”
Apparently the other parents were not pleased.
Score one for Rachel!…
As I’ve just posted on www.mrskatvon.com I wanted to announce it here that I am going to be splitting up the Blog and separating them into two:
Team Rachel: www.teamrachel.com (For Rachel’s medical updates, Batten Disease Info and Fundraising)
MrsKatvon: www.mrskatvon.com (My personal blog of the last 12ish years to include family life, bucketlists, pictures and ROAD TRIPS!).
You are officially invited to read both. …
Way back when before social media websites like facebook and twitter became popular people used to belong to forums and they people used to BLOG. And I mean BLOG! Huge followings, tons of entries and lots of reciprocation of ideas and support and it was a community. Kind of like having someone over for coffee. They’d have you over to their house one day and you would invite them into your home the next.
I miss how popular blogging used to be (and I’m sure some of you might argue that blogging is still popular) and I miss how close I used to feel with those that I blogged with. I guess the “fix” to my feeling of worry and sadness is to get back into blogging and rejoin the blogging movement. I’ve got an interesting life and although facebook / twitter is instant gratification we all worry in the back of our minds if and when those sites will be wiped out and we’ll lose those personal exchanges, those pictures and the connection to our “friends” and “followers” forever. You don’t have that worry with blogging. I don’t like to worry, I think its a total waste of time. So I shall stop worrying and do something about this.
I will continue to blog. I shall start with this entry. I shall not worry because it is futile.
(Now I’ll go share this on facebook so someone will read it. lol)…