The Divine Savior Lutheran Church is hosting its Seventh Annual Gift of Hope fundraiser Saturday, November 12.
Audrey Jane Capps, a precious, beautiful, brilliant four-and-a-half-year-old, has been given the Gift of Hope this year. Audrey has an incurable illness, and she suffers from A-T. The condition is a genetic disorder known as Ataxia Telangiectasia. A-T affects the nervous system and other body systems. Over time the affected children typically develop difficulty with walking, balance, hand coordination, involuntary jerking movements, muscle twitches, and disturbances in nerve function (neuropathy). Audrey is beginning to experience some of these symptoms. Children with A-T typically have average intelligence but slow motor and verbal response. This type of response is where lifelong therapy will be her forever journey.
There is no cure at this time for problems associated with A-T. Treatment is supportive but has to remain proactive. Physical Therapy, as well as verbal therapy, will remain a lifelong process for Audrey. She also goes to occupational therapy, and music therapy and participates in horse and water therapy. Besides those she is benefiting from massage therapy every two weeks, and melatonin therapy with Dr. Neel.
“We are doing everything we can to keep this sweet girl healthy and happy, but we are in a race against time to find a cure for Audrey Jane and we truly appreciate all of your support!” The Capps/Calame Families.
Audrey starts kindergarten next year and is very excited and can hardly wait.
“Audrey Jane Capps is four years old and a proud resident of Devine, Texas. Audrey Jane loves spending time with her family, friends, and animals. She loves to fish, ride her horse, play dress-up, have tea parties, swim, and dance! Audrey has a zeal for life like no other and sees the true beauty in everything around her!”, said her parents Josh and Brittany Capps.
“At age 3, Audrey was diagnosed with Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T). A-T is a rare neurodegenerative genetic disorder that impairs movement and coordination, weakens the immune system, and causes an increased risk for cancer. Kids with A-T typically start losing physical abilities step-by-step between ages 4 and 8. By the age of 10, most kids will be in a wheelchair.”
Audrey is the granddaughter of Ken and Debbie Capps and Tommy and KK Calame, all of Devine.
“Audrey Jane is so precious to our family. She is such a light and enjoys her life to the fullest with her very active imagination and spunky personality! There isn’t anything we wouldn’t do to help find a cute for her and all the A-T kiddos fighting this disease. Thank you so much for choosing to raise money for our girl. We are SO appreciative!” The Capps/Calame Families.
Brittany and Josh Capps are Audrey’s parents; they face their daughter’s challenges daily with faith, hope, and love. God created each one of us uniquely in his image. Disability might appear to mar that image like a reflection in a shattered mirror. Still, God is shining his light on the broken pieces to reveal more of Himself to us and the world. Parents, grandparents, and families with children with special needs go through a host of emotions every hour of every day. Divine Savior Lutheran Church prays that a “Gift of Hope” will shed a little light on Audrey’s forever journey.
The Seventh Annual’ Gift of Hope” Golf Tournament, Saturday
Divine Savior Lutheran Church’s Seventh Annual golf tournament will coincide with a Bar-Q-Que plate lunch. This year the tournament returns to the Devine Golf Club’s golf course. The entry fee for the golf tournament is $75.00 per player, including a golf cart, a free meal after tournament play, and green costs. There are to be four-person teams with a shotgun start, and handicaps for women are 24 and for men 18. A door prize drawing is for the golf participants, and cash prizes with an entire field. Other competitive activities include a chipping contest at $20.00 per participant and a Tiger Drive at $40.00 per team. Please call the Devine Golf Pro Shop to sign up early at 830-665-9943.Hole sponsors are $100.00 each. Hole sponsors for the chipping green are $50 each.
Live Music and Dance Entertainment, 11-1
Our live music and dance entertainment are hosted by “DJ Bobby G.” of San Antonio, Texas. DJ Bobby G brings recorded music from the Top 40, Tejano, Cumbia, Oldies Dance, Hip-Hop, and ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.
Once again, Randy Brown has graciously volunteered his country band to perform from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Hermann Sons Dance class of Devine, Texas, will also perform on the church grounds. Special thanks go to these folks; we could not do it without you.
Silent Auction, 11-1
A silent Auction is to take place on Saturday, November 12, in the Divine Savior Lutheran Fellowship Hall from 11am-1pm. All donations can be delivered to the Fellowship Hall between 10 am-5pm, Wed.-Fri. before the weekend of the event. The cutoff date will be THURSDAY, NOV, 9th. Please call the church before delivering these items (830-663-3735). Your gift is sincerely appreciated.
Our special thanks to the Devine News; you have always been there for our continuing seven-year journey. We would not be able to help others without them. Also, thank you to all who have contributed with challenging work contributions and faith in the “Gift of Hope.”
We love You, Audrey Jane!
“A gift of hope is truly a ray of sunshine after a day of gloom”. In memory of Jessie Esch, Joyce Haass, Claudia Carberry, and Bryleigh Shullanberger. Your precious lives will always be remembered.
Come join in the fun this Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 at the Divine Savior Lutheran Church from 11-2, or at the Devine Golf Course for the tourney. For more information, contact Robert Cappella at 210-771-7484 or Marla Cappella at 210-363-2718.