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Pay it forward with this give forward fundraiser for the Mackenzie family

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It’s the season of giving. When people are looking for ways to help one another and when donations pour in for good causes. When thinking of how one can help another this season, consider the giving nature of this story.

A high school friend wanted to help her old classmate during this season of giving. Stephanie and Ryan Mackenzie have three young children. Kyle is a 7-year-old boy who suffers from autism and epilepsy. Evan and Emma are 4-year-old twins. Young Evan is also autistic and epileptic. The family has struggled in the past years while coping with the emotional toil it takes raising sons who suffer from autism and seizures.

There are many challenges involved. With mounting medical bills, surgeries, medication, therapy, educational needs and round the clock care, the Mackenzie family needs some help. When a high school friend visited the Mackenzie family this past summer, she asked how she could help. A suggestion was made that they would like to get a fence for their backyard. The twins love to play in the backyard and little Evan is a fast runner. With the wetlands behind their home and a road nearby, it can be a dangerous situation. If they had a fence, the kids could experience the freedom of the outdoors with the confinement and safety of their own back yard. Yet with their current situation, financing a new fence is out of the question. So this dear family friend decided to do something. She has set up an online fundraiser for the Mackenzie family to raise $10,000.

Asking for donations is a difficult thing to do. The Mackenzie family wouldn’t ask for this, but their dear friend saw a big need.

Giveforward is an online fundraising website that supports great causes. It’s one of the easiest ways to raise money for a loved one in need and anyone can help. has the number one platform to start a medical fundraiser and the only site with fundraising coaches who provide fundraising ideas and guidance on how to raise money online.

With a little help this season, the Mackenzie family can celebrate their summer with a fenced-in backyard. As an added bonus, anyone making a donation of $25 or more will receive a Jules Tarrant Acoustic Cover CD free of charge, mailed to their home. Visit for more details.

Why pay it forward? The International Pay-it-forward Day website offers some inspiration.

  • To encourage all of us to embrace the incredible power of giving.
  • To show each other that we care and that there is love, hope and magic all around us.
  • To know that we may be only one person in this world, but to one person, at one time, we are the world.

Note Pay It Forward Day is acknowledged every fourth Thursday in April.

Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills. Young Evan has multiple seizure clusters daily and Kyle started having seizures this past June. A seizure is an excessive surge of electrical activity in the brain that usually lasts from a few seconds up to a few minutes. Two of these seizures have recently caused him to stop breathing. With multiple seizures occurring, these boys need a cure.

If anyone wants to help, visit today and be a part of something special.



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