Wednesday, 31 December 2014
12 Days of Giving Day 12: Daphne Jones chose Make A Wish Foundation
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"I chose Make A Wish Foundation as there is no better reason than to give the gift of joy and hope to people far less fortunate. As we know this is what CHRISTmas is about! I have a sincere soft spot for children and the elderly and love every aspect of this charity." Donate to Make A Wish Foundation

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Posted on 12/31/2014 9:08 AM by Daphne Jones
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Tuesday, 30 December 2014
12 Days of Giving Day 11: Keleigh Kilgore chose Monroe Carroll Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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"My daughter has been a patient at Monroe Carroll Children's Hospital since she was 7 days old and I credit them for getting her to where she is now. Sophie was born with a rare form of congenital hypothyroidism. The first of her type in the state that was known of according to her Dr. We were told it was so severe that she may never grow, and may always have the mind of a two year old. To make matters worse at 4 months old she had a tumor grow in her eye that covered her entire orbital socket . At one point we were at VCH once or twice a month. 

After several eye surgeries they were able to save her vision and at the age of 13 she is almost as tall as me and makes straight A's in Middle School honors classes. One of her best memories of having surgeries is, they let her "flat Sophie" project in the 3rd grade gown up and go in to surgery with her. The doctors took photos with flat Sophie and even let her stay through the whole procedure. No matter what comes up with the side effects of her condition they have found a way to fix it. Thanks to their proactive treatment she has defied the odds. 

Vanderbilt Children's Hospital is amazing in the way that they will never turn away a child due to the families inability to pay. They will even pay to bring children from out of state that need their help and healing as well as give their parents a place to stay while their child is being treated. They offer counselling services for both parents and children going in to surgery, all paid by donations to the hospital. I have never seen a sad or scared child there. The volunteers, doctors, and nurses go out of their way to treat, care, and entertain children who are there not only for  visits, but long term patients receiving treatments for a wide variety of illnesses. The bulk of donations go towards helping children whose families can not, on a normal basis afford the care or treatment they so desperately need. The donations give children in need of medical care an opportunity for a future." Donate to Monroe Carroll Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

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Posted on 12/30/2014 1:56 PM by Keleigh Kilgore
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Monday, 29 December 2014
12 Days of Giving Day 10: Brittany Dugas chose Children's Miracle Network
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"Throughout college I served as an Ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network. I was able to raise money and spend many hours volunteering in the cancer ward for a Children's Miracle Network hospital in New Orleans. I saw firsthand what this amazing organization does for sick children. Not only do they make it possible for these children to receive treatment, but they create an environment in these hospital's that allow sick children to feel like every other child out there. It was amazing to spend time watching these children paint, dance, sing, play chef, play doctor, dress up, sprinkle glitter all of the floor, celebrate all holidays and most importantly laugh. It is truly a testament to this organization and I am honored to donate to them this holiday season." Donate to Children's Miracle Network

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Posted on 12/29/2014 8:30 AM by Brittany Dugas
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Tuesday, 23 December 2014
12 Days of Giving Day 9: Todd Tressler chose SAFE (Soldiers And Families Embraced)
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I chose SAFE (Soldiers And Families Embraced) for their incredible work to support our veterans. The system in place for returning troops is seriously lacking and SAFE has stepped in to fill the gap. My grandfather was a veteran and I believe in supporting our military personnel as they come back from defending our freedoms. They currently get less than 48hrs of help from the very military they've served! SAFE works with these heroes who have been through extreme danger and hardships on our behalf, to help them readjust to life back home. SAFE is involved with the entire military community as they are all impacted in these difficult times. They offer these programs to our service men and women and no cost to them; as it should already be. To learn more about How SAFE helps our troops and their families click here.

"A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have."

- Teddy Roosevelt

If you would like to get involved or donate to SAFE (Soldiers And Families Embraced) Click Here

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Posted on 12/23/2014 11:13 AM by Todd Tressler
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Monday, 22 December 2014
12 Days of Giving Day 8: Jessica Brooks chose Monroe Carroll Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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" I chose Monroe Carroll Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt because my daughter was diagnosed with a heart murmur when she was 6 months old at her "well baby" check up. This was a murmur that had been undetected to that point. We were immediately referred to a pediatric cardiologist for further testing at which time it was determined that she had a hole in the wall between the left and right ventricles of her heart.  This is a problem because the right ventricle pumps deoxygenated blood to the lungs to become oxygenated while the left ventricle pumps the oxygenated blood through the rest of the body.

The hole would allow blood to slosh between to two and mix.  I was told that this was not uncommon in newborns who are born a few weeks early and would normally grow closed by their first birthday. It's a
part of the body that just isn't fully developed yet due to coming early, however, she was carried about 10 days past term.

We were sent for regular echocardiogram a for the next 12 months to measure the size of the hole in hopes that it would grow closed on its own. Given that the murmur (a noise detected while listen to the heart beat that indicates improper flow of blood) was undetected until she was 6 months old, the doctors were not sure if she was born with the hole or if it developed after birth. After 12 months of monitoring the hole, it was determined that it wasn't getting any smaller and we needed to consider surgery to correct the problem. We met with Dr. Drinkwater at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital to discuss the risks and benefits and quality of life.  The hole in her heart wasn't life threatening at the time, but it would definitely affect her quality of life.  She would likely live a life of fatigue and get easily winded if we didn't correct the problem.  Her heart would overwork itself on a regular basis trying to overcompensate for the improper blood flow, her body wouldn't get the oxygen it needs all the time because the hole would allow the blood that entered her heart through veins to the right ventricle (deoxygenated) to mix with the blood pumped into her arteries from the left ventricle (which should be oxygenated) to the rest of her body.  The older she got the more problems she would have.

The surgery would be Open Heart.  They would have to cut her sternum open just as you have seen on many adults.  They would stop her heart, open it up, and use a piece of graft skin to stitch the hole closed. Once this was done, they would have to start her heart back and close her sternum.  At 20 years old, never having dealt with any major surgery in my life, let alone on my almost 2 year old daughter, this was terrifying.  I didn't know what questions to ask or what to
expect.  I relied completely on the doctors and staff to tell me what I needed to know and prepare me for what to expect.  Then we had to discuss the costs.  At that stage of my life, I didn't have any savings.  I was barely making ends meet, and definitely couldn't afford my insurance "out of pocket" for a major surgery.  I didn't know what I would do.

By the time she was 2, we had elected to have the surgery.  Her local cardiologist and Dr. Drinkwater, who performed the surgery, agreed that the operation should be done before she started school so she wouldn't fall behind.  I was assured that children are much more resilient than adults, and that she would recover much quicker than I expected.  Since her chest muscles were not developed, she would not have nearly as much soreness and tenderness from cutting through them. She wouldn't have as much pain in the recovery.

On our final consultation before the surgery, I completed some paperwork for financial aide and discussed a new procedure they were just beginning to use on females to make the incision on the chest laterally along the "bra" line under the breast rather than vertically, to minimize the visible scar.  Dr. Drinkwater had not yet performed this incision, but asked my permission to do it this time in an effort to help with the covering of scars as my daughter grew up and wanted to wear bathing suites, V-neck blouses, etc.  He was very helpful and thoughtful.  He "held my hand" so to speak through the entire year long process leading up to the surgery and made sure I was comfortable with every decision before I made it.

She was in surgery for about 8 hours (8 terrifying hours), and no matter how prepared I was, there is nothing that could have prepared me for seeing my baby in the recovery room, waking up scared and in pain.  I fainted in the floor when she cried out, but the nurses assured me that was only scared and not in pain.  She was on enough pain medication that she shouldn't feel any pain, but waking up in a strange place most likely scared her.  I wasn't fully convinced that was true until the next day at lunch time when she was up out of the bed walking around her room.  As long as she wasn't pulling on anything, she seemed to be fine.  Within 3 days of surgery, she was outside on the playground designated for surgical recovery patients (I believe it was on the 9th floor) playing like there was nothing wrong! The doctors and nurses all told me to let her do whatever she felt
like doing.  If it hurt her, she would stop on her own.  If it didn't, it was good for her to stretch and use the muscles as they healed.  I was amazed!!

But I was equally as amazed when I received the bill in the mail.  I didn't even want to open it.  I let it lay on the counter for days before I opened it.  I just knew I would be in debt the rest of my life.  To my surprise, the bill was for $20, a doctor's visit co-pay. That's all I was ever asked to pay and I couldn't be more thankful. Vanderbilt Children's Hospital was more concerned about my daughter's care than the money they could make.  A year later, the doctor fully released my daughter, with no further care needed unless any problems arise.  To date (13 years), we have had absolutely no problems, thanks to God! " Donate to Monroe Carroll Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

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Posted on 12/22/2014 9:17 AM by Jessica Brooks
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Friday, 19 December 2014
12 Days of Giving Day 7: Matt King chose Our Kids Center in Nashville
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My choice would the Our Kids Center in Nashville. Our Kids provides medical evaluations and counseling to victims of child sexual abuse in Nashville/Davidson County, as well as other counties in Middle Tennessee. I worked closely with the nurses, counselors, and staff at Our Kids during my time in law enforcement, and saw firsthand the desire that each one of them has to helping the victims of child sexual abuse and their families. The Center not only provides both acute and follow-up evaluations, treatment, and counseling, but also works closely with law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse offenses. The unfortunate reality is that there is a need for such services, and as long as that need exists, I cannot think of a more worthy cause to support. Make a donation to Our Kids Center in Nashville.

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Posted on 12/19/2014 4:20 PM by Matt King
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Thursday, 18 December 2014
12 Days of Giving Day 6: Sharon Ramos chose Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee for several months, and I can't say enough about how profound and direct its impact on our community is.  My "little sister" and I were matched in September, and our friendship has likely brought as many positives into my own life as it has her's.  I look forward to our Saturday morning outings every week (this Saturday we are going ice skating!) and I love having the opportunity to connect with her about the things that are going on in each of our lives.  She is 14, very bright, and aspires to be either a lawyer or a neonatal nurse.  Growing up, I was fortunate to have many positive role models who instilled in me that I could do and be anything I wanted if I was willing to work hard for it.  My goal is to be just one such role model in her life, as well as someone she can confide in on any number of things she might encounter.  Spending time with her also puts the things in my own life into perspective, and I am so grateful for our friendship."

This organization is touching the lives of so people in our community, youths and adults alike.  Donations of both time and resources to these types of programs are fantastic investments in our future, and the benefits will be reaped for years to come!  Make a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee

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Posted on 12/18/2014 2:51 PM by Sharon Ramos
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014
12 Days of Giving Day 5: Brina Mathis chose Orphan's Lifeline International
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"My family is passionate about helping those less fortunate, especially orphan children in various parts of the world with basic needs like food, clothing and medical care. We love children. Since we can't adopt every child, contributing to Orphan's Lifeline International is one way we can at least provide for their physical needs. Most importantly, these children are touched by Christian men and women who show God's love in a very special way all year long." Donate To Orphan's Lifeline International" Brina Mathis

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Posted on 12/17/2014 4:14 PM by Brina Mathis
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014
12 Days of Giving Day 4: Mary Newbern chose Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital
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"I am blessed to have five healthy children, so my heart goes out to the families and children that St. Jude provides services for." Donate To St. Jude Children's Research Hospital" Mary Newbern

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Posted on 12/16/2014 9:43 AM by Mary Newbern
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Friday, 12 December 2014
12 Days of Giving Day 3: Jonathan Tinsley chose Westland Tutoring Ministry
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"Westland United Methodist, has an organization of maybe a dozen or so adults who volunteer their time to help local children. Some of these volunteers go to an elementary school near our church on a certain day of the week and pick up children who want to attend. The children walk back to the church with some of the adults. The children then eat snacks and do some physical activities before they are helped with learning fairly basic elementary school concepts. Many of these children are ones who may be behind in their learning for whatever reason and need outside support. In addition to tutoring, they are introduced to the church. The ministry is fairly new but has already grown to almost capacity. Many more volunteers and resources are needed. Children are so important and many times they are over looked for local ministries and this type of help." Donate To Westland Tutoring Ministry " Jonathan Tinsley

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Posted on 12/12/2014 5:37 PM by Jonathan Tinsley
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Thursday, 11 December 2014
12 Days of Giving Day 2: Erika Piland chose Room In The Inn
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"Room in the Inn is an incredible organization that focuses on helping those who are homeless. They provide a place for people to sleep on cold nights. But beyond providing the necessities for people, they provide invaluable training. They give people the training and resources to obtain jobs and be self-sufficient. They provide spiritual and emotional help, as well. After meeting several men who are in the programs offered by Room in the Inn, it is obvious that they are immensely grateful for the way the program has helped them. Room in the Inn is changing lives." Donate To Room In The Inn" Erika Piland

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Posted on 12/11/2014 2:57 PM by Erika Piland
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014
12 Days of Giving Day 1: Lisa Chaney chose the Ronald McDonald House.
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"Ronald McDonald House was our home away from home while our youngest daughter was in the neonatal intensive care unit the first six weeks of her life. Not only did they provide an inexpensive place to sleep - but, they also provided caring support, compassion, and information regarding our daughter's illness. They were a true blessing during a very difficult time." Donate To The Ronal McDonald House" Lisa Chaney

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Posted on 12/10/2014 1:45 PM by Lisa Chaney
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014
12 Days of Giving with Tressler & Associates
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The holiday countdown has begun and the season of giving is upon us!

It has been a wonderful year for the Tressler & Associates team. We feel blessed beyond measure and we are extremely grateful for our friends, families, and clients who have made our success possible. As a token of our gratitude, the Tressler & Associates team is excited to celebrate "12 Days of Giving" by donating to several organizations that our team members hold near and dear to their hearts. Each day a member of our team will share the organization they have selected as a recipient of our "12 Days of Giving" along with their reason why. It is our hope, that along with these donations, we can bring more awareness to these organizations that help make our communities merry and bright throughout the year.

If you would like to join us in donating to any of these worthy causes there will be links on each post. Please feel free to share these posts with your friends, family, and colleagues to help spread the word.

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Posted on 12/10/2014 10:45 AM by Todd Tressler
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Thursday, 4 December 2014
Our 5 Year Anniversary Bash!
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We want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate with us for our 5 year Anniversary bash! We also want to thank each and every one of you who have supported us along the way, worked with us and been a part of our success. We look forward to serving you for many more years to come. We had a great evening surrounded by friends, family and business partners. We were honored to hear from Jodi McCullah of SAFE (Soldiers And Families Embraced), JT Cooper and Opal Justice for sharing their message with us and the stories of those servicemen who fought for our nation. We were entertained by Charles "Wigg" Walker and the Wigg Band. We had fun at the photo booth provided by Out of the Box and refreshments from Acme Feed & Seed. It was a fun evening of conversation, celebration and a lawyer or two showing off some dance moves.

Our theme for the evening was "Thankfulness" and we enjoyed reading the notes you left on our wall. We were inspired to read all that you were appreciative of this past year. It was great to hear such positive messages and to focus on our many blessings. It is easy to get caught up in the small stresses of our busy lives and it is always a positive thing to step back and realize all we have to be thankful for.

We have a lot of things coming up in the New Year. We just released our new website and our blog. Keep any eye on this as we hope to bring you all a wealth of helpful information that we hope will be truly useful to you. We are also in process of building out our second location in Mt. Juliet and hope to announce its official opening early in 2015. We have great aspirations for next year and once again thank you for your continued support; we couldn't do it without you!

Here are a few photos from the night. To see the full gallery of pictures Click Here.

(Special thanks and photo credit to Melodie Purcell with Angel Wings Photography)

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Posted on 12/04/2014 10:54 AM by Todd Tressler
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