Monday, May 19, 2008

The Jessie Hall Hemispherectomy Scholarship

Announcing the Jessie Hall Hemispherectomy Scholarship

http://www.hemispherectomy.info/

http://www.hallzoo.com/JHHS.htm

Many of you know Kristi, Jessie’s Mom and my loving wife. And as you know, she is a caring, thoughtful, and compassionate person, who rarely thinks of herself and makes daily personal sacrifices for her family, coworkers, friends, and strangers. She is a beautiful person both inside and out.

Although, she cries and prays daily for Jessie, she has found time to come up with a plan to bring honor to Jessie and to help other kids who are faced with the challenge of Hemispherectomy Surgery, and who overcome the challenge to do great things.

Kristi is pleased to announce The Jessie Hall Hemispherectomy Scholarship. The JHH Scholarship fund is a one-of-a-kind fund set up exclusively to help children who have undergone a Hemispherectomy brain surgery, and who have gone on to do amazing things under the circumstances.

The JHH Scholarship will be awarded each summer to a child who has been accepted to an accredited university and will begin college in the fall. Initially, the JHH Scholarship fund will be funded by Kristi Hall with a commitment of $1000 per year for 20 years, or $20,000. It is her dream that eventually, through private and corporate donations, that this fund become endowed and enough money is raised to send all hemispherectomy kids, who are capable, to the college or camp of their choice.

The first winner of the Jessie Hall Scholarship will be announced in July of 2008 and we pray that Jessie will be there to present the award.

If your organization, or another organization that you know of who would be interested in supporting such a cause, please contact Kristi at Kristi@Hallzoo.com or 817-312-2265.

30 comments:

kristi hef said...

Hello Halls, Hope you all are recovering after your long last week. Just wanted you to know that we, the Hefner family, will always be praying for you. Also, Sophie is in class with Jessie and Jessie ALWAYS talks about our horse. She is stabled here in Aledo and we go just about everyday to ride. Is there a day after school that she can maybe go with us and she can pet and or ride? Sophie would love it. We are the family with the twins, Lilly is in Mrs. Trammell's class, they have real blonde hair. I cannot imagine all the people you guys meet in a day. Congrats on the scholarship it is so wonderful. Please let me know about the horse thing, I would LOVE to do this. Kristi Hefner

gracie1956 said...

Jessie, my name is Rita and I too have a daughter who had to see a lot of doctors when she was a little girl. She is all grown up now and doing great just like we know you will too. We will keep up with you as you go on this great adventure to get healthy. God bless you and your family. You are in our prayers.

N. Knox said...

God Bless you Jessie and God Bless your parents. I will be praying for God's protection over you.

God Bless!

Susan said...

Dear Hall Family,

I linked over here from another blog, and oh my, I've spent quite some time reading about your precious daughter, your wonderful family, town and all that has been going on!

I want you to know I will be praying for your daughter's upcoming surgery.

My son was dx with a brain tumor at 16. While we were waiting for his surgery date, (we had time, thank you Jesus!). I watched some special on TV one night and it was the story of Dr. Ben Carson's first hemispherectomy!

Immediately I thought, if anyone is going in my child's brain, I want it to be this man!

We met with him only days later! We are in Louisiana and flew to Baltimore.

When it came time for my son's surgery,(Dr, Carson recommended we wait and watch for a period of time), he was scheduled for a vacation. Dr.Carson had just discovered he had cancer!

Needless to say I was very disappointed. However Dr. Weingart did a great job!

You are truly in the MOST GIFTED hands ever. I love knowing he is not only the BEST, but he loves the Lord and prays before and during surgery.

I will keep up with you now.

So nice to meet you!

Susan

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessie
I just wanted you to know that I am following your story and pray for you every day. I live in baltimore so your story makes our news every day thanks to Dr. Ben Carson. Mr & Mrs Hall you are putting your child in the best of hands. Keep the FAITH.
Love
Kim Long

Anonymous said...

DEAR JESSIE I WISH AND PRAY THE BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.YOU HAVE ONE OF THE WORLDS BEST DOCTORS ON YOUR SIDE MY CHILD AND GOD WILL SEE YOU THROUGH ALL OF YOU TROUBLES AND PAINS GOD WILL MAKE IT ALL BETTER!MY BROTHER WAS OPERATED ON BY DOCTOR BEN CARSON WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 5YRS OLD AND NOW HE IS ABOUT TO BE 27. HE HAD A TUMOR ON THE FRONT OF HIS BRAIN AND HE IS DOING GREAT! AND MY DEAR SO WILL YOU- WE PRAY FOR YOU EVERYNIGHT SO I KNOW WHEN THE SURGERY IS OVER AND YOU AWAKEN THE SUN WILL SHINE ON YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACE AND YOUR SMILE WILL BRIGHTEN THE REST OF THE ROOM AND OUR HEARTS-----OUR HEARTS,LOVE,AND PRAYERS WILL BE WITH YOU SO DONT BE SCARED LITTLE ONE WE ARE HERE FOR YOU AND WITH YOU- PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH

Anonymous said...

The Mt Vernon Tuesday night Bible study group has you in our prayers and pray to GOD that all goes well on Wednesday.

erica said...

EVEN THOUGH I HAVE NEVER MET JESSIE HER BLOG IS VERY TOUCHING. I AM HOPING THAT SHE WILL GET THROUGH HER SURGERY OK AND IF SHE DOES I WOULD LOVE TO MEET HER I LOVE KIDS AND I HOPE THAT ONE DAY I WILL GET TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH HER. AND WILL SHE IS IN THE HOSPITAL I WOULD LOVE TO SEND HER SOME FLOWERS AND A CARD. JESSIE MAY MY PRAYERS BE WITH YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER.

Anonymous said...

We wish you all good luck on this day. Our prayers will be with your family.
This little girl has brought love in our lives with just a smile. The angles are all around her. no matter where she goes. The angles helps her bring out the best in each and every one of us. As she goes thourgh life she will always have that light in her eyes that she bright in to this world with her. She is like a flower that you just have to pick and take in for it stands out from all others.
We wish you all the best today!

Neurosurgery Billing Staff said...

Those of us that work for Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Billing staff would like to send our very best to you and your family. We have been following this story since it was brought to Hopkins months ago and we have been thinking nothing but the very best for Jessie. We know that Dr. Carson is the best and will do his best for your little girl. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today.

Sincerely,

The Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Billing Staff
Jennifer D
Jessica B
Barbara C
Deborah C
Nancy C

Libby said...

God Bless the Hall family. This must be an incredibly difficult time for you, but find comfort in the fact that so many people are praying for you. Dr Ben Carson is the best. He is an inspiration to us all. A heartfelt wish from Pasadena MD! Stay strong!
Libby W

Allen Walker&Family said...

Jessie and family,

I had the honor of meeting and getting to know your grandparents, Gary and Nancy, just last week. I spent all week at their house as they not only opened up their house to me, my friend, and countless others but they also opened up their hearts to us in more ways than one that we will never forget. One way was to share your story with us! Our prayers are with you, your family, and the doctors on his very important day!!May the love of God and all of us continue to be showered upon you for a very successful procedure and recovery!
LOVE, The Walkers

Anonymous said...

hello,
i am a 13 year old girl and i fell so bad inside. i hope the surjury goes well! i hope i could meet one of you guys on day and she what happens. god bless you. xoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Anonymous said...

I have been following your story on WJZ here in Baltimore and you have touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Tears of joy that Dr. Carson can help you and tears of pain that you and your family have to endure such a difficult and trying ordeal. You are a very precious and beautiful little girl and my heart and prayers go out to you and your family today and through your recovery. Remember, God won't give us anymore than what he knows we can handle which makes you and your family very strong people. I wish you all the very best and again, my heart and prayers go out to you!!
Brandi Hammond

Anonymous said...

To the Hall Familiy,

May God be you with you always.
I live in in the Baltimore area and have heard your story on WJZ TV. Denise has told your story beautifully. May all go well and I hope to hear more about Jessie and her recovery.

God Bless

lisa myatt said...

Hello Jessie and Family My name is Lisa and I am in Westminster Maryland. I have been listening to your story and have been praying for you. What a precious little girl you are Jessie and God is watching over you and he is going to heal you. My heart goes out to you Mr and Mrs Hall I can't imagine what you are going through. Remember God is with you and he will never let you go through something to bad that you can't handle. He is with Jessie right now and helping those doctors make her well again. God Bless all of you.

SPHSgirl2010 said...

Hi Hall Family,
my name is Morgan Taylor i'm from Edgmere,md. i just wanted to let you know our thoughts and prayers are for you and your family. when i first heard the story i started to cry. but after that i was ok cause i went though a diffical time like your daughter did i was born with i artical septed defect or asd. and was hospitalized for 30 days or 3 months. i've been fightign to stay strong and not let anything get in my way and i contuion with it. i also wahted to say that my school that i go to the sparrows point high school in edgmere,md. which is a small town in maryland/baltimore, send it's best wishes to you and your family as well as prayers too. good luck and god bless and take car i will be able to be contated at tornadomo2008@yahoo.com thanks for your time morgan

Janet said...

To the Halls: Please be reassured that you have the best doctor in the world, as well as a super team to help your precious little girl through this ordeal. Our little girl has had numerous surgeries performed by Dr. Carson and Dr. Weingart and if it is any constellation to you she is doing remarkably well now at 14. She had first surgery when she was 16 months old, another when she was 25months and another this past January 2008 and today, she is just an amazing and happy teenager. We pray everyday that she remains happy and healthy. Please know that our family will always remember your family for we know what you have been through and how this feels.

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with your family in this trying time. Please rememeber God never gives us more than we can handle.

Alexis W.L. said...

Hello Halls, I saw your story on WJZ in Baltimore and have been deeply moved by it. Jessie's story has brought tears to my eyes, especially when I heard that her surgery was successful! I have a daughter near her age and she's been in and out of hospitals since she was a baby for Sickle Cell, so I have kind of a inkling as to how you guys as parents feel....My family's prayers will continuously be with you as Jessie recovers safely to go back to a normal life!

Brenda G said...

Dear Jessie,
May God continue to bless you and your family and wishing you a speedy recovery. You have touched so many hearts, our thoughts and prayers are with you. You have touched so many hearts here in Baltimore and at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Carson is a awesome surgeon and pediatric doctor. Sending a special prayer to your parents for the strength to get you through this process. We are cheering for you.

Sending a special prayer and blessing to you and your family.

lil mama said...

My Name is Grace,

Hello to the Halls Family, I just wanted to say how happy I am that you guys stood by this serious operation on your daughter Jessie. Im glad that the operation went great and that she is recovering. Hope she gets a lot of rest. My prayers are with Jessie and her family.

Debbie said...

God Bless You Jessie! You are precious.

Debbie in Severna Park

Anonymous said...

THANK GOD THAT SHE IS GOOD . AND THE DOCTORS ARE THE BEST . I AM HAPPY THAT SHE IS DOING WELL . I HADED TO TURN THE CONPOTHER ON TO SEE HOW SHE WAS DOING . DIANNE FROM BALTIMORE

Rose said...

Dear Jessie and family, I have been following your story and am so overwhelmed at the strength and courage that you a 6 year old child who otherwise would be out playing with friends or watching tv, you are undergoing probably the most difficult time any child could ever have to endure. But after watching you going off for your surgery with that beautiful smile and up beat attitude I know you will be so brave and strong during this recovery period. I can say from experience that there is no one else I would rather do such a surgery like that other then Dr. Ben Carson. I was lucky enough to meet and have him do surgery on my granddaughter at 4 months old and he is an inspiration and a legend in his field. So God has blessed you with the finest man to take your future into his hands and do what he does best! To see you and him together before surgery I could see that a bond had already been established and Dr. Carson will watch over you and fall in love with you as many of us have. You are an inspiration for many others who have debilitating illnessses and your beautiful little face and your braveness will inspire alot more people then you will ever know. Mr. and Mrs. Hall you have a very special and exceptional little girl and as a parent I know that that had to come from your love and caring for her. And God will reward you for that in the healing process for Jessie and the years ahead you will have with your wonderful daughter. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you always as Jessie is now a part of all of us and as is your family. I will look forward to the day of her wedding being posted at WJZ TV! Congrats and good luck with your future Jessie,as you are an angel sent from above. Rose-Maryland

Anonymous said...

We have been touched by Jessie's story and wanted you to know that we are praying for God's protection and healing for all of you. You are in the best possible hands with Dr. Carson and the entire team at Johns Hopkins.
Many blessings,
Sally and Bob

Patty Kilker said...

Hello
Just letting you know your whole family is in mine and my daughters prayers. My daughter was a patient at John's Hopkins at 8 days old and received excellent care. Stay strong and know there are alot of people praying for you Jessie.
God bless. Patty and Sereana

Anonymous said...

To Jessie and The Hall family:
Our prayers and thoughts are always with you and your family. God has His hands upon Lil Jessie and she is already healed! Dr. Carson is truly a Godsend! May God continue to bless and keep you and we look forward to seeing you grow up to be a beautiful and healthy young lady! The Thompson Family
Baltimore,MD

Anonymous said...

Jessie, know that you are an amazing little girl for so many reasons and in so many ways. You are an inspiration to everyone around you, including those who do not know you except for through your story in the news. You stay strong, kiddo. You are in so many prayers and thoughts. To your parents, know that there are so many people supporting you in every way possible. You are absolutely phenomenal people. Stay as strong as you can. May your lives be filled with joy and love, and may God bless you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessie,
We loved meeting you and your Mom and Dad. We pray you just get better and better. Have a great school year. Kaci and Regina