Just wanted to let everyone know that I've added the Paypal donation button for Haley and Baby Brayley to my sidebar. Many thanks to those who have already donated. I know that Haley will be touched by your generosity and concern.
Rather than link the button to the posts I've already written about Haley and her situation, I've decided to put all of the information here and link to this new post. Hopefully this will clarify any questions about why donations are being asked for at this time.
Haley is a young, recent convert to Catholicism. Her parents and other family members are not Catholic. When Haley learned that she had become pregnant out of wedlock, she faced the pressure to abort her child that so many young women of our time have succumbed to. Courageously, she chose life for her baby, and began to prepare to become a single mom with all of the challenges that involves.
But God had a different challenge in mind for Haley. As the pregnancy progressed, she learned that her precious unborn daughter has anencephaly, and will not live long after birth. You can read this article for more information on an anencephalic baby's life before and after birth.
If Haley faced pressure to abort before, this pressure now grew to a new level from both a medical and financial perspective. She works as a day care center attendant--a low-salary occupation. There will be bills owed to doctors and the hospital for her baby's birth and brief life, and there will be costs for Baby Brayley's funeral.
Despite all of these hardships, Haley continues to choose life. Her precious daughter, Brayley, is due on September 1. This bittersweet day is fast approaching, and first and foremost Haley needs to know that her Catholic brothers and sisters are praying for her to get through this Way of the Cross she is about to endure.
I also wanted to add something here at Haley's request... Please pray for Baby Brayley's father, Billy. He has been very supportive of Haley's decisions and is suffering with this difficult diagnosis along with her.
But there are real, tangible, physical needs as well, needs that will be very hard for Haley to meet alone.
So if you can, please click the "Donate" button in the sidebar and offer what you can. No donation is too small. And again, if you wish to donate but can't or don't use Paypal, please contact me via the email address in the sidebar.