Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Let's see what JOHN DEERE can do!

**(scroll down and read previous post about TEAM LARSON if you haven't visited in a couple days! They need you now more than ever!)
Alright readers...here is the plan, after speaking with Lori H (one of my readers), Christina M (a friend from church) and Mimi, like SHE needs an introduction (carepage: JuliansWorld) :) we have collectively agreed that although it would be great to bombard TEAM LARSON with oodles and oodles of John Deere merchandise for Christmas, what would make the biggest impact would be this:
LET'S SEE IF JOHN DEERE WILL CONSIDER MAKING A LARGE (like their combines-large) DONATION TO WWW.CURESEARCH.ORG in COLEMAN'S NAME!
FOLLOW THIS LINK and make your voice heard, for Coleman! DO IT NOW! Go tell them how Coleman has touched your life, tell them how you cry for him, tell them how they can help by donating to WWW.CURESEARCH.ORG in his name. Leave the carepage.com link and ColemanScott page name for them to read about him! Then, leave a comment here that you "did the duty" and we will keep track of how many of you pitched in for Coleman!! Now.....FORWARD THIS to everyone you know!! Let's see if we can crash their site! (just kidding) Let's just strive for filling their mailbox! :) Thanks and may you be DOUBLY BLESSED for all you do in spreading the word! Above all PLEASE PRAY FOR TEAM LARSON! WE LOVE YOU TEAM LARSON!

102 comments:

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Michelle--you are such a saint. Truly. Your place is secured up above, no doubt about it! xo

Anonymous said...

I pitched for Coleman!!

Lori Hogan

Mimi said...

Here is what i wrote to several different of their contact us boxes , anyone feel free to copy and send to them!!

"There is a lil man out there who is 4 years old , he has brain cancer and it has spread badly. He and his twin brother are nuts for John Deere and have always been .
Chances for a cure are extremely slim for him . But other kids are battling cancer , lots of them , they all need a cure.
I was wondering if you would honor this child, his determination and his love for John Deere by donating money to www.curesearch.org , they exclusively raise funds for childhood cancer research .
His name is Coleman Larson , you can read his story at http://www.carepages.com/carepages/ColemanScott

Also watch this video , you will see their love for your company!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8oVmLt86RE

PLEASE!!! Do this for them . also Dec 10th is their 5th birthday . it would just be awesome "

Mimi

Heather said...

Michelle,

I pitched in for Team Larson!

Kathy said...

I also pitched in for team Larson. Let's hope they listen to us

Anonymous said...

Hey I think we should start talking in a secret code here --- anybody know one?? :)

Lori Hogan

Jen said...

Ent-say my Omment-cay! That's Pig Latin and the only secret code I know Lori! ;)

Anonymous said...

I also left them a message...I hope they follow through!

Lucy

Amy said...

I sent them a message BEGGING them to help... I sure hope they do! What a great idea!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle,
I actually contacted John Deere several months ago when Coleman was in the hospital in Iowa City, and they sent him a box of John Deere stuff. I was really impressed with them. I just finished up John Deere blankets for Coleman and Caden, in fact...just mailed them out this morning, so of course, I love your idea!!
Kathy (Oregon)

Anonymous said...

I pitched for Coleman.

Gretchen

Jen Nelson said...

Message sent! Great idea, Michelle!

Anonymous said...

I have done the duty! I am praying they will! What a great idea! Thanks for all you do!

The Wiezbiskie Family
Troy, Jennifer, Cosette, Ethan, Isabella, and Elijah (the dog)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful idea - I've added my request.
Sandy in Seattle

Anonymous said...

The deed is done. Praying for Coleman and that the right person picks up the JD comments and acts from the heart.

Barb

Laura G. said...

I sent a pitch for C-man!! Good idea, Michelle!

Anonymous said...

I left a message at John Deere for Coleman and posted the link to the video John Deere boys.

Anonymous said...

I pitched in for Team Larson. What a fantastic idea and you are all amazing people!!!!
Melissa Bice

Anonymous said...

I pitched for Coleman. I hope and pray they will come through. I do love that little man. I do not know him but have followed his carepage.
Megan

nomi said...

I left a message too. Praying that someone will hear our plea for Coleman.

Wendy said...

I pitched in, too! Great idea! Those boys have stolen my heart!

Dina Porter said...

I left my message as well!! Praying for miracles for Team Larson!

Shellie said...

I did it! Hope we get a wonderful response!

Denise Lanford said...

I did it!
I love team Larson..what an inspiration they are. Having just buried my husband last week from this awful disease...I just cannot imagine one of my children having it. Those two boys have kept me smiling many, many days, God bless the whole family...they are always in prayer.
love always,
Denise lanford

Cassie said...

Me too! I hope they do it. This was a great idea!

Charlotte said...

Hi, My name is Charlotte Cook and I just left a message at the John Deere site. I asked them to donate to CureSearch in Coleman's name. I so wish I could do more. I love that guy and brother.

Kim said...

I pitched in for Coleman, I love that little boy. Michelle you are a great person. Thanks for the great idea.
Kim Fissette

Anonymous said...

Love the idea!!! I did it twice just in case once wasn't enough :) !!!!
Rachael McGee (Houston)

Lisa said...

I a long message on their website. I love the idea and hope that they take it to heart. Thanks so much for this idea.

Lisa in Houston Texas

Anonymous said...

I "did the duty" for Coleman. I'm praying John Deere will come through in a big way!

Sararrt1980 said...

I have done my duty for Team Larson. What a wonderful family, and what a great blogger to help them out. Everyone has such big hearts!!!

Anonymous said...

I sent my message. ( I only wish that I had seen Mimi's first she is such a great writer!)

I just love the Larsons!

Loriann Ketcher

Sharon Harris said...

I sent my message to John Deere too. Hopefully hearing how little Coleman has touched so many lives will encourage them to support CureSearch. Thanks for coming up with this super idea. Sharon - Knoxville, Tn

Christine H of Cortlandt Manor, NY said...

I "Did the Duty". I hope that they will take our advice and donate a HUGE sum to curesearch.org.

Moira said...

I pitched in for Coleman and the Larson family. I am praying for you all everyday.

Tressa West said...

I have pitched for Coleman. I also searched their site and found the Manager of the John Deere Foundation Charitable Contributions. Her name is Cheryl Ashcraft, but the only contact info listed is a phone number. I am going to try to get an email address or at least a fax number so we can bombard her with letters too.

Anonymous said...

Deed done for Coleman!!!

Bonnie Rhodes said...

I did my duty for Coleman. Great idea. I hope they get bombarded with pleas on behalf of Coleman.

Sandy Brothers said...

I pitched in for Team Larson at the John Deere website. Hope to hear something great from them!!!!

Anonymous said...

I pitched in for Coleman!

Judy DeWitt said...

I sent in my comments!

suzannanana said...

I pitched for Coleman and for all the kiddos suffering.

Carla Johnson said...

I sent my comment to John Deere :)

Anonymous said...

I did my part! Thank you for the great idea. And thank you for your great spirit in wanting to help the Larsons.

Anonymous said...

I did it too. I love this family. Coleman and Caden have stolen my heart. I pray so hard for God to heal the C-man, so he can grow up with Caden. I hope John Deere is the stand-up company I believe they are and makes a nice contribution in Coleman's and the Larson family's name.

Anonymous said...

I pitched in for Coleman.

Erin Pinkleton said...

I also left a comment for John Deere.

Anonymous said...

I sent a note to John Deere in support of Team Larson and Coleman.

Julie Dubie
Port Chester, NY

bellevuebehrens said...

I "did my duty" for Team Larson.

I have been following Coleman's fight against cancer. What a precious boy with a great family.

Praying for a cure.

Jonny P said...

Here's my comments:

GREAT IDEA!!

To Whom This May Concern,

My name is Jon Paquin and I'm 27 yrs. old and live in Southeast Michigan. Throughout the past year I have grown to absolutely fall in love with a family from Iowa better known as the Larson's or "Team Larson". You should know that I am a complete stranger to the Larson's; however, I consider myself family, as I have been a part of their online support community through carepages.com. Their journey began a little over 2 years ago when their son Coleman (age 2 1/2) was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Medulloblastoma. Coleman is now 4 years old and continues his battle with this disease having fought through brain surgery, chemo, a stem cell transplant, and so much more. Coleman is blessed by the support of an amazing family; twin brother Caden, father Scott & mother Peggy. This family has touched the lives of so many people in many parts of the country through their unwavering faith, love, and attitude.

So why am I writing you this, you ask? The Larson's aren't your average John Deere family....they are well above average!! At face value they may appear to be a typical member of Iowa's farming community, but in all actuality they are the definition of John Deere. A proud American family with hearts of gold and a sheer determination to plow through the harsh fields of life, while giving back to so many.

Coleman & Caden are absolutely infatuated with John Deere! Just ask Coleman what his favorite color is????
ANSWER: JOHN DEERE GREEN

You should see the look on their faces when they get to go plow the field in the "big green machine" with daddy, or when the hometown fair floods the streets with John Deere equipment. As your number one fan, this family certainly deserves your support!

I ask that you please make a donation to www.curesearch.org in the name of Coleman Scott Larson.

Please visit Coleman at www.carepages.com
Carepage Name: ColemanScott

The photos, videos, and writings are life-altering and sure to capture your heart.

Thank you for your consideration!

JON PAQUIN (ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI)

Anonymous said...

I sent in a note as well. I hope enough are sent to flood them and push the idea straight to the top. Awesome idea! Thank you for giving us another way to help!

Praying in TN, Lora

Anonymous said...

I left a message. Thank you for the great idea!

Dana said...

Did my thing for support of this great idea in Colemans name!!! Power and strenght in numbers!!!

Mindy S said...

I did the duty! I hope it helps. I do not personally know the Larsons but I have such love for them. I really hope that the people at John Deere do this for Coleman!

Tammy Nutt said...

I "did the duty" as well! How exciting!!

Anonymous said...

Imagine this...your son, daughter, maybe grandkid starts having headaches. When taken to a doctor you are told its cancer and it will most likely kill them. Would you sit and do nothing, turn your back on them? Feel sorry for yourself? I don't think so. Stand up and donate, not only for one little boy who worships you, but for our future kids. They need great supporters like you!

I ask that you please make a donation to www.curesearch.org in the name of Coleman Scott Larson.

Please visit Coleman at www.carepages.com
Carepage Name: ColemanScott

Leah said...

I pitched for Coleman.

Adina said...

Hi Michelle~

Ok I just finished my "duty". :) Hey its for Coleman how could you not, right?!

kapple said...

I went out today and "did the duty". I really hope they read all of the comments and are overwhelmed by the number they get in support of Team Larson so much that it moves them to make a BIG BIG donation!! Karen in Ohio

Curt McCormick said...

Michelle,
What a great idea!
This is Curt McCormick from CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation. I saw this on Google alerts, and just had to write in.
I'd like to feature your blog today on our CureSearch blog. I hope this helps you with the John Deere initiative, and helps direct more people to sites like yours, which are so innovative and thoughtful regarding curing childhood cancer.

You can check out the CureSearch site at http://curesearchnccf.blogspot.com/

...and PLEASE KNOW what an inspiration you are to us. Folks in the childhood cancer community are so wonderful. We know who we work for at CureSearch, for you and for all these kids!

Congratulations and good luck with your idea. Email me offline if you want to talk more.

Best regards
Curt McCormick

Rachel said...

awesome awesome awesome idea!

I left my pitch for them too :)

Lindsay Phillips said...

I pitched in for Team Larson - Go John Deere!!

snekcip said...

Sent my message along with my prayers that this request will touch the hearts of the John Deere CEO'S!

Yvonne said...

I have done my duty and emailed John Deere. I am praying hard for a miracle for this team.

Yvonne in Michigan

Gina Rodriguez said...

I did it!!! I pray that JD comes through with a HUMONGEOUS donation, but most of all, I pray for a miracle for Coleman.

Smiles from south Texas

Emily H. said...

I sent them my plea! I hope hey listen. Thanks for the great idea!
Emily;)

Anonymous said...

I just sent my pitch to John Deere. I hope they have their ears open!

Darlene Barkman

Anonymous said...

I left a long comment but it was no where near as eloquently written at Mimi's! But it should add to the mound of comments that they will receive about this great lil' boy!

~Gina (FL)

Kaitlin Redmond said...

I did it! :) Wrote to John Deere! Thanks Michelle...

Celestial Addis said...

I dit it! Thanks you guys

Anonymous said...

I did it I left a message to John Deere about Coleman and Team Larson! I hope John Deere will donate big to curesearch as big as a combine.
Kim Seattle

Anonymous said...

I live in Tonawanda NY (a suburb of Buffalo) and stumbled upon Coleman’s carepage sometime in April when the son of a friend of mine was diagnosed with AML. The entire Larson family has found a place in my heart! I think everyday, pray everyday and tell anyone who will listen and sometimes even people that don't want to listen about the Team Larson battle. I have laughed cried and prayed along with so many cancer moms that share their stories.

I also sent a plea to John Deere to help put a smile on the each member of the Larson family face. God bless you for putting this together!

Janet

geisme said...

I sent a comment, but forgot to leave the carepage, even after I had looked it up.
-Gail

Heather B said...

I sent my "book" of an email to John Deere :-) Thank you all who got together to get this going. We all pray that it works and that more lives are touched and more Team Larson members are added!
Heather Bolin
Cedar Rapids, IA

Natalie said...

I also wrote to John Deer all about Colman, Lets pray they do something....

Natalie Browning

Chan said...

I just finished pitching for Coleman. Let's pray they listen to us. I also have a friend who works for John Deere. I am going to email him directly and see what he can do.

Great idea! THanks for letting us all help.

Steve Montgomery said...

Michelle,

I'm one of those background readers that doesn't usually make any comments but I pitched in and left a comment about Team Larson and Coleman on the John Deere web site. This is a wonderful thing you're getting organized. Coleman's story is very touching. I'm a twin myself so I suppose I can relate to that part as well. Good luck and I hope John Deere comes through.

That Mimi sure has a way to put things succinctly. I thought the note in her comment here was right on target.

Steve Montgomery

Donna Islam said...

We pitched in for C-man! We have never met the family but we feel like they are part of our family.

Inga Mondeau said...

What a great idea Michelle!!! Here is the letter that I just sent them incase anyone wants to use part or all of it.

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to you on behalf of the 46 children that will be diagnosed with cancer today, the 7 that will die today, the 35,000-40,000 children that are receiving treatment today, and especially for one little boy whom I have never actually met, but that owns a huge chunk of my heart. His name is Coleman Larson and as I type this letter, he is fighting for his life. Coleman is 4 years old, loves all the things that most 4 year olds do, loves to play, loves to draw and be creative, loves to play tricks on people, loves to be loved and LOVES John Deere tractors! He and his twin brother Caden are huge fans of John Deere.

Coleman has cancer, and it pains me beyond words to say that according to his doctors, he is running out of options. I encourage you to visit him and his family on Carepages and to read about him. I have no doubt that you will become another supporter of Team Larson…family, friends, people, some whom have never met, all of us pulling together for one little boy that deserves to live. He deserves to grow up with his twin brother, he deserves to smile that infectious smile, to continue to touch the lives of people all over the world with his kind nature. His parents deserve to have both of their boys grow up. Copy and paste the following link and take a look for yourself… http://www.carepages.com/carepages/ColemanScott
Some people say it is too sad to read. I agree it is sad, but sad doesn’t even begin to describe what it is. It is horrific, it is unfair, but yet it is a family that will teach you so much about true love, about determination, about believing and about faith. I have spent hours and hours and hours in front of my computer reading, crying, laughing, sobbing and typing words of encouragement to this family. If that didn’t just convince you, think of it this way; if it was you, if it was your child, would you want people to turn away because it was too sad, or would you want them to stand together and fight? I am almost positive your answer was fight! Coleman’s brother describes cancer like this…“Cancer is the worse day of my wife (life) because you don’t getta pway wif your brudder when ya weally want to. Sometimes the hospital is fun …if ya aren’t froe-in up wike Coleman does sometimes. I wish that no tids ever det tancer, so they tan haff fun all-a their days until they be daddies."

Here is where I ask for your help…

I gave you some statistics at the beginning of this letter. I will give them to you again. 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer today, and every day. 7 children will die today, 35,000-40,000 are being treated today, all because of cancer. 1 in 300 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 20. Do those numbers terrify as you as bad as they do me? Let me give you one more number that literally makes me sick... only 3% of all cancer research money goes to childhood cancer. Yep, you read that right; only 3%!! These are our children, our future and yet they are basically being ignored. This has to stop! We have to work together to fund research that will strictly go towards childhood cancer. Curesearch does this! Please, I am asking you to make a donation to Curesearch in honor or Coleman Larson. Like I said before, he and his brother are huge supporters of yours, how cool would it be for you to return the support. Coleman needs you, his family needs you and so many other beautiful children need you also. http://www.curesearch.org/

I thank you for your time,
Inga Mondeau

Brenda Bailey said...

I did the duty and also I am sending Coleman's story to Oprah and Ellen in hope that they also may be able to help. I do not know Coleman or his family but my heart breaks daily for him.

Anonymous said...

I posted for Coleman!

Amy said...

Here's my comment!

Hello John Deere Company!

I am writing (as are many others) for Coleman Larson, a brave little 4-year-old fighting his second relapse of brain cancer. He and his twin brother, Caden, live on a farm in Iowa with their parents Peggy and Scott. Together they are Team Larson, and as Coleman says, "Team Larson nevah divs (gives) up!". The boys LOVE John Deere - Team Larson's colors are green and yellow, and are on everything from wristbands to t-shirts.

Any kindness your company could show this strong family would be greatly appreciated and respected by thousands of people across the country who follow Coleman's story and try to support his family. A donation to CureSearch would be an excellent way to put John Deere's strength towards Team Larson and the fight against pediatric cancer.

John Deere has already touched these boys' lives indirectly. They love you, and it would be incredible to see their excitement if they saw that John Deere loves them back!

Thank you!
Amy

Anonymous said...

I pitched in for Team Larson!

AlaneM said...

Oh how could I not pitch for sweet lil Coleman, I love that kid (and his family) soooo much! This was such a great idea Michelle. It's so fun to read all your comments & see who has reached out for Team Larson.
God bless!

bailey said...

Anything for TEAM LARSON and the main men Coleman and Caden. I hope John Deere pulls through for them.

I also sent emails to Oprah and Ellen just to see if maybe just maybe they could also help; I know it is a long shot but for Coleman it is all worth it.

Anonymous said...

I sent my plea into John Deere from central Illinois for Coleman.I understand how it is to receive little or no funds for cancer research. I have a rare form of terminal cancer and we receive nothing at all for our research. We have to raise it all ourselves thru awareness.
I pray that John Deere will contribute to this terrible disease for all of the children.
God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Just letting you know that "I did the duty". Heres to hoping and PRAYING for a cure for our little Coleman and all his buddies.

Tracy Cannell
Washington State

Sarah N said...

I've done it! :) Thank you for your tremendous efforts in supporting Team Larson.

Morgan said...

i did it! :)

Ragdoll Billie said...

Oh, this old grandma just now saw that we were supposed to come back here and report. In addition to my personal involvement, I also told them that I was old enough (running up on 70) to suggest doing something with National awareness of them because it *does* help at lease some, and can hurt little. John Deere's a BIG name!

Anonymous said...

My pitch for Coleman is in -- Jackie

Dawn said...

Done in Coleman's honor!! Great idea. Thanks so much!

Dawn
NC

uscerin2win said...

I pitched the following to John Deere for Coleman:

"I'm another advocate for Coleman Larsen, a big fan of John Deere and a kid with brain cancer. On behalf of Coleman, and really all of the pediatric cancer fighters and survivors, I would hope that you will consider making a donation to curesearch.org in Coleman's name. Did you know that the government gives over 20% of their NIH budget to breast and prostate cancer, but only 3% to ALL 12 childhood cancers? 1 out of 300 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 21. Please join the fight!!"

I am the mom to Sammy, 10, who is a cancer survivor. Check her out on hopeonwheels.com or our carepage: "SammySalsa" The carepage is and was my blog from day 1 of being a cancer mom.

Anonymous said...

I put in my pitch for Team Larson; what a great idea! So many of us are praying, but also want to help in other ways....here's a way.

Anonymous said...

ANother note to John Deere DONE!
Kelly, ANn Arbor, MI

Anonymous said...

Okay. I should have read both links from Dawn's page. I just submitted my request to John Deere.

Thanks, Michelle, for uniting us for Coleman.

Larsons, we love you!

Sherry

Joy said...

I just emailed John Deere!

Anonymous said...

I just emailed John Deere! I asked for a combine sized donation...let's pray that they hear our voices!

Diane in Pella

Jenn said...

wanted to let you know. I let my voice be heard to John deer. I also wrote a letter to NBC everyone has a story. I do hope that they contact you and help you on your quest for these little men.

thank you for your loving heart

DreamCatcher said...

I sent in a request to JD and I'll talk to my DH tonight. He works for JD. Not sure he has any pull but I can see what he may be able to manage.

Sally said...

I sent an email as well...hope it works!!

Anonymous said...

found who to talk to @ Deere....Cheryl Salley
308-748-7961

She is Mgr, Community Relations & Sponsored Programs

Don't give up on Jphn Deere....all dealerships are independantly owned, so go local to see wht you dealership can do for Cancer Research!!!!