Friends of Treasure
April 4, 2011 [Updated January 3, 2012; Last update: June 2012. Please scroll down for updates.]
What is a vascular malformation?*
Vascular malformations are benign (non-cancerous) lesions that are present at birth, but which may not be visible for weeks or months after birth. Unlike hemangiomas, vascular malformations do not have a growth cycle and then regress - they continue to grow slowly throughout life. There are several types of vascular malformations:
If a vascular malformation is very large or affects the breathing system (airway or lungs) or another large organ system, it could be life-threatening.
The Starfish Story - Making a Difference
Friends of Treasure identifies with the starfish. There's an old story that has circulated the Web over the years, in many variations. The following is borrowed from the Friends of Treasure website:
The old man awoke just before sunrise, as he often did, to walk by the ocean's edge and greet the new day. As he moved through the morning dawn, he focused on a faint, far away motion.
He saw a youth, bending and reaching and flailing arms, dancing on the beach, no doubt in celebration of the perfect day soon to begin. As he approached, he realized that the youth was not dancing to the bay, but rather bending to sift through the debris left by the night's tide, stopping now and then to pick up starfish and then standing, to heave it back into the sea.
As the youth explained, the old man surveyed the vast expanse of beach, stretching in both directions beyond eyesight. Starfish littered the shore in numbers beyond calculation. The hopelessness of the youth's plan became clear and the old man countered, "But there are more starfish on this beach than you can ever save before the sun is up. Surely you cannot expect to make a difference.”
The youth paused briefly to consider the old man's words, bent to pick up a starfish and threw it as far as possible. Turning to the old man, he said,
"I made a difference to that one!”
The starfish story is said to be paraphrased from "The Star Thrower" by Loren Eiseley, 1907 - 1977.
Treasure and her family have been through a lot, financially, emotionally, and for Treasure, physically, during their 7-year battle. Thankful for the help, love and kindness Treasure has received and wanting to pay it forward, Treasure and her mom, Chelsa, are making a difference in the lives of others who suffer from vascular malformations, which occur in less than 1% of the population. Through their Friends of Treasure charity, a non-profit 501(3)(c) federally-recognized (USA) charitable organization, founded by Treasure's mom in 2010, they seek to help raise much-needed funds for individuals afflicted with these rare lesions. Treasure is very active in the charity.
The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait proudly supports Treasure’s and her mom’s mission through Friends of Treasure, and we’d like to encourage you to join us.
To donate directly to Friends of Treasure to help Michael, Maddy and others with vascular malformation get the life-saving medical attention they desperately need, go to
Main source for material obtained for this article: http://www.friendsoftreasure.com
Special thanks to Amber at We Love 3T (http://welove3t.weebly.com) for helping to make this possible!
Click here to find out more about our Michael's Angels initiative.
UPDATED January 3, 2012: We'd like to share this happy update from Treasure's mom:
"We are happy to report that we have given more than $21,000 to approved applicants to help with medical bills, healthcare and more.... We look forward to the New Year and all it will bring. We will be updating the website and move forward with the now named Miss Amazing/Mr. Wonderful Pageant as well as a Mary Kay and Tupperware Fundraiser so that we can continue to help and make a difference.
"I am honored to tell that Treasure our Starfish, the one that started all of this is doing wonderful. She is now 13 and has no signs of relapse. She is living and enjoying life for the first time since she was diagnosed at the age of 5.
"Thank you for all of your love, prayers and support!"
***UPDATE: June 2012 – Our current Michael’s Angels badges, the first of which has been active for more than 2 and a half years, will be retired at the end of this month (badges assigned to members will remain on their profiles). While the badges are being retired, the efforts to carry on Michael Jackson’s humanitarian legacy will not! We encourage you to continue to support the charities, programs and initiatives we’ve highlighted so far in our Michael’s Angels program. We encourage you to keep volunteering and supporting charities that speak to your heart. Keep helping others; keep protecting the planet; keep doing what you do to make the world a better place and being an example to others, encouraging them to help heal the world.
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