Join Effort by Sending a Birthday Card to Jasmine, Turning 14 with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

You can help this courageous EDS girl have “the best 14th Birthday ever” by sending her a Birthday card.  Include your encouragement, motivational songs, or positive story — to show her you understand the struggles of EDS.  Her Birthday is August 31st, so get your wishes in the mail!  Address provided below. 

Watch Jazzy’s story in the video below:

By: Jessica Gill

jasminebirdThere’s nothing quite like receiving a card on your birthday. A Council Bluffs woman is hoping her daughter gets a number of birthday cards.

Reading is one of the few things that bring 13-year-old Jasmine Bird a little joy these days. All her life, says mom Carrie Bird, “Jazzy” has been teased and picked on. “She would come home crying. This kid laughed at me because I threw up. This kid called me smelly because I threw up.”

“I would get actually, quite sad,” says Jasmine, who suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare condition. It’s a defect in the body’s connective tissue that causes her to lose control of her bodily functions at times and causes hyperflexibility in her joints. “I will go completely numb.”

It’s also genetic. Mom has it too, but not nearly as severe. “Knowing that I gave it to her is the worst,” says Carrie, who wants to do something special for her daughter’s upcoming 14th birthday on August 31st. She thought a card drive since her daughter likes reading so much. “I really think that her reading the cards would make her day. It basically will show her that people do care, whether they know her or not. This one is from San Antonio, Texas.”

Cards may be sent to Jazzy at P.O. Box 822, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51502.

Jazzy’s birthday is coming up on August 31.  You still have time to send her a birthday card!

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