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Joy Lapps-Lewis  Khari's Fundraiser for Sick Kids Hospital

Happy Birthday to this wonderful man. 😘😘😘😘 @larnelllewismusic

Hi everyone,

We just wanted to say thank you for the overwhelming response to our post about our son, Khari.

We are truly grateful for your prayers, your kind words, and your generosity. Not to mention the many friends, family , church family, and fellow artists who have visited, prayed for us, cooked for us and just showed up.
Thanks to you, we’ve hit and passed our goal of $10,000 for Sick Kids Hospital in under 5 days. We are grateful and feel encouraged by your support.

If you haven't donated to Sick Kids as yet, please consider partnering with us as we continue to raise above and beyond our goal of $10,000.
Here is the link.

Please continue to pray that we see complete healing in Khari's body, and for healing and speedy recovery for all of the children that come to this hospital. Pray that parents will be comforted and that God will guide the hands of every surgeon, doctor, and nurse, and that all the staff here continue to work together to care for their patients and families.
And if you haven’t already done so, take the time to perform an act of kindness for someone in need today. #TeamKhari. @larnelllewismusic @sickkidstoronto

So, @larnelllewismusic and I had a baby. From the beginning of our journey we tried to go old school and keep our pregnancy off of social media. Not an easy task :-)
Anyhow, Khari Micah Larnell Lewis was born December 9, 2017 weighing 6lbs 7oz. Labour and delivery were amazing. Larnell is my hero.
After the birth Khari was transferred to Sick Kids Hospital. He's been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, and has cardiovascular and respiratory system issues.
He's had one of the 4 holes in his heart closed, and yesterday he had airway reconstructive surgery. In a few months he will need another heart surgery to close the other holes in his heart... That said, we are thankful to live 13 km from Canada's leading children's hospital, for our community of friends and family, and that Khari's hospital care is free. We are privileged to serve a God who is a healer.

Khari is beautiful and resilient, and all the nurses here love him and think he's the cutest little boy. We see little miracles all the time because he was born, and it's clear that his purpose far outweighs our desire for some privacy.
When people hear our story, they often ask how they can help. Here are a few things:
1. Please keep Khari and all the little children and their families at Sick Kids Hospital in your prayers. This week we are praying specifically for complete healing of Khari's airway.
2. Please consider making a donation to Sick Kids Hospital to support their amazing work. Our goal is to raise at least $10K in Khari's name but it's by no means a limit. (Secure donation link in bio).

You can receive a tax receipt if you live in Canada and donate a minimum of $20.
3. Do something nice for a new parent in your life or anyone who you think could use some help.

4. Larnell and I don't need much right now, but if you want to do something for us, sending electronic food gift cards are always helpful. We spend most of our time at the hospital and we also have limited freezer space. Gift cards to places like Starbucks, Freshii, Flock, Joey and UberEats are great. You can email those to
Hugs&Kisses @sickkidstoronto

Happy International Women's Day to these beauties. #SistersForLife @ashalapps @__salexander @subria1

When you have the flu on your birthday and your plans are ruined but your girlfriends and sisters visit anyway, mom has the Jamaican ginger tea flowing and hubby holds down the fort. #ThankfulForTheLittleThings and Thanks for all of the birthday wishes. @csquared416 @sembonadie @__salexander @ashalapps @larnelllewismusic @subria1

Daddy bought the fish, scaled the fished, seasoned the fish, fried the fish and then flew it all the way from Antigua to Toronto. Mommy stewed the fish and I ate the fish πŸ˜€#StewFish #ThankfulForTheLittleThings

FYI... Our Performance at McMaster scheduled for this evening has been postponed. Sorry for the inconvenience. We will let you know when we have a new date. @larnelllewismusic @robnchrisca @elmer_ferrer

Playing the McMaster University's Concert Series this Friday February 2nd. It's my band πŸ˜€ The Joy Lapps Project - featuring these wonderful human beings @elmer_ferrer (guitar) Chendy Leon (percussion), Andrew Stewart (bass), Jeremy Ledbetter (keys), @robnchrisca (wind instruments) and @larnelllewismusic on drums. @subria1 this your song Lulu's Dream 😘😘

We'll be playing at McMaster University in the L.R Wilson Hall this Friday February 2nd at 8pm. Join us if you can. The Joy Lapps Project featuring with Jeremy Ledbetter, @elmer_ferrer @larnelllewismusic Andrew Stewart Chendy Leon @robnchrisca

There's something about shopping at the "West Indian Store" especially close to Christmas time. I love how my people have no filter.... lol... well I love it sometimes.

What a way to wrap up the weekend. Thanks to @tmasschoir the Toronto Jazz Orchestra @patricia_shirleymusic @renette1215 @chardonmyers @shawnbyfield TC3 and @regentparkmusic for an amazing evening of music. @torontoartscouncil @danielsspectrum and The Pluralism Fund... as an arts advocate, artist and arts educator ... know that your $$$ were well spent. I haven't seen such a diverse audience so captivated in a very long time. Please continue to support meaningful projects like this. #arts #community #intergenerational

FREE Show today (Nov 5) from 3-4pm with my band the Joy Lapps Project at the Malvern Library, 30 Sewells Road Scarborough. I'll be playing with @ojwill @michaelshandkeys @robnchrisca @elmer_ferrer and Andrew Stewart. #NewArrangements @girlsrocktoronto @torontolibrary @torontoartscouncil

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