UPDATE: We are no longer fundraising for Seth. He received his implants in April of 2009. Thank you all for your donations and prayers!
No, you're eyes are not deceiving you! It is the super special, limited edition Profoundly Seth wristband (or bracelet, we're not picky about labels).
They read "Let Him Hear!" (An excerpt from Matthew 11:15) on one side and have the website address on the other. They're a teal/medium blue/aqua-ey color that's pretty cool!
Our model would like us to state for the record that these bracelets are not for human consumption. They don't really taste that great. I mean, look at him. He obviously wishes he'd stopped after eating the third or fourth bracelet. Serious indigestion.
In all seriousness, most of you know why we've decided to offer these bracelets. (If you don't, please check out the "Why I'm writing" links on the left). Seth was diagnosed with a profound hearing loss shortly after birth, and has recently been diagnosed with Auditory Neuropathy. The only way for him to learn to listen and speak is with something called a cochlear implant, which will bypass the bad signal his brain is currently giving him and give him a clear signal so that he can learn to listen and speak.
Having neuropathy means that two implants (one in each ear) are very important for him to hear well, and our insurance only covers a portion of the surgery, and we have an insanely high deductible. Getting implants by (but optimally before) one year of age means that he has a very good chance of being "caught up" to his hearing peers by kindergarten and will be able to attend a mainstream school with few, if any, accomodations for his hearing loss. It will give him the chance to be independent and will open a lot of doors for him.
We don't have the luxury of waiting to give him this surgery, as it does not generally have as successful an outcome with older children.
After praying a lot about what we would do in order to get Seth this surgery, an awesome door opened for us in that one of the companies John works with donated us all of these bracelets, so that we could do a fundraiser for Seth. We wanted to do something where a lot of people could give a little to Seth, without making it a hardship for anyone.
We have had an amazing number of people want to help Seth get his chance to hear, so this seemed like a perfect solution for everyone! You get bracelets that can be conversation starters to spread the word about Seth, his story, and MUCH more importantly, how God has worked in our lives! Seth gets a fundraiser to get him headed toward surgery in May.