Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! My family and I are working together to raise money to help support The Rainbow Connection! If you are not familiar with The Rainbow Connection, it is an organization that grants wishes for Michigan kids between the ages of 2.5 and 18 who have life-threatening illnesses. Because of my health issues, I was granted a wish in 2008. The Rainbow Connection sent my family and me to Orlando, Florida over Christmas vacation. We were spoiled rotten. We got to go to all of the theme parks, eat ice cream for breakfast, feed dolphins, ride in a limo, and lots more!
This year, The Rainbow Connection called and asked me to be the "ambassador" for the Rainbow Connection Walk-a-Thon which is going to be on September 3rd at the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. We decided to put on a huge bake sale in front of Walmart in Gaylord to try to raise lots of money for this. My whole family helped bake. So did a lot of my mom's teacher friends and relatives. (I cracked lots of eggs!) We raised $705! We are trying to raise as much money as possible so that some other Michigan kid who has had to go through all kinds of yucky health issues can be granted their very special wish. Please make a donation to The Rainbow Connection under my "Team Nate" page. If you can, please join us to walk the bridge! Thank you everybody!
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Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
Nathan Pingatore was born with hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy. When he was three, he was also diagnosed with epilepsy. For the most part, Nate is a normal, healthy boy, who loves to fish, hunt, swim, play basketball, and zip around on his three wheeled bicycle. He’s had several rough patches over the years including 4 brain surgeries for his shunt, and 4 very large seizures that have caused him to be flown or ambulanced to U of M Mott Children's Hospital. Nate's family always appreciates the healthy, happy days, as they know that seizures or shunt malfunctions can occur on any given day. Thankfully, Nate has been seizure free since July of 2008. He had two brain surgeries in December of 2011.