A Child Needs Your Help - Hope Studios Benefit Sale

The Camryn Surman Fund

On January 13, 2008, Eric and Laura Surman, along with their 2 sons, were ecstatic to welcome a beautiful, healthy baby girl into their family. Unfortunately, on July 20, 2009, the Surman Family experienced an unspeakable tragedy in their own home.

After their typical morning routine, Laura discovered a mother’s worst nightmare. She found her precious baby girl stuck in her toy box, unresponsive after suffering a hypoxic brain injury.

After six weeks in the Pediatric ICU at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Camryn
is now at the Children’s Institute struggling to recover from this horrible accident.
During this time, Camryn has fought to reach some vital milestones; however, with
those successes have come many setbacks that have put her future in an unclear state.

In Laura’s own words she stated, “Since that night it has been a long journey of
watching a snail climb a mountain. We have no idea where this journey is taking
Camryn or us for that matter but we aren’t giving up on her and our family. Our
mission for this fund is to help assist in the long-term care of Camryn
Surman. It is our hope that through fundraisers and generosity like
yours, we will be able to help eliminate some of the financial burden
for this family.

The following photos were both taken this summer, at their family seashore vacation then one month later. What a difference this unfortunate accident has made in this family's life.

I was approached by a friend of the family to donate to this fund, but I knew I could do more. I used the money I would have donated to purchase supplies and created a line of Affirmation Mirrors and a Seashore Memory Frame to offer up for sale to my readers. 100% of the proceeds from this sale will go toward the Camryn Surman Fund.

The 10x10 inch hand painted mirrors will be priced at $25 each:

This 20x20 inch Shadowbox Style Memory Frame will be priced at $99.00:

If you are interested in purchasing one of these Mirrors or the Shadowbox Frame to benefit the Surman Family, please see my Hope Studios Shop. Thank you so much.

** I have received many requests to make a direct donation. I have set up a donation button to handle these requests. Thank you so much for your generosity.


  1. What a wonderful thing to do for this family. I don't need a frame (although they are absolutely beautiful) but I will definitely keep them in my prayers. Keep us posted, please!

  2. Can you give some info on where to send donations? My heart aches when I hear of tragedies like this one.

  3. you are noble-hearted friend. hard to meet a friend like you may god bless you


  4. Jen, you are very sweet and caring. What a great idea.

    I want to help too. If you can let me know where donations can be sent, I'd like to send one.

    Also, I'd to help Hope Studios. Please enter anyone who purchases (based on your blog post) into a drawing for a $50 American Express Gift Card and I'll get it to you, to send with the winner's order.

  5. You flippin' rock! I read about this on twitter. I bought. I re-tweeted and facebooked!

    I too would send a donation if you can get us an addy.

  6. Oh my that is heartbreaking! How compassionate and generous of you to help out in the way you can!

  7. What an generous thing to do for this family in need. We are all but a moment away from a tragedy such as this. I often feel I have Luck on my side, because it cetainly isn't my kid's caution that is keeping us out of trouble.

  8. Very nice of you to try helping this family this way.
    Happy SITS day!

  9. That's a very sad story! How is the little girls faring? Any change? I think you're doing a wonderful thing for that family.

  10. Camryn is about the same as far as I hear. It's just so sad. A crazy fluke.

  11. I can't even begin to imagine how tough this must be for the family. My heart goes out to them.

    Good on you for doing this to help them out. You are fantastic!!

    If you would like to do a guest post on my blog 'Digital Philanthropy' I would love to help spread the word!!

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