Gee. I’m not sure how to start a letter to a celebrity. I haven’t written one since the love note I mailed to Jordan Knight of the New Kids on the Block in 1990. I was almost 10 years old, and he never wrote me back. So you can imagine how nervous I am that this letter will have the same fate as that one.
At any rate, Hi Ellen! (Imagine me sitting at my desk at work, waving furiously at you with a giant grin on my face. It kinda looks like this:)
I’m a big fan of your show. See, my whole mantra is to find the silver lining in life; I write a blog based solely on the idea that just about anything can be funny. While I’m not a comedienne extraordinaire, such as yourself, I have dubbed myself a goofball extraordinaire, and I love making people laugh.
That’s not what this letter is supposed to be about, though. That’s me getting off on a tangent and trying to get you to like me, because we have humor in common. Sorry about the detour. Back to the letter at hand.
Here’s why I’m sending you this note today: because my husband, Brian, and I are in the process of adopting a baby.
Click to visit our GoFundMe page!
For the sake of quick reading, here are some important bullet points that you would probably like to know:
♥ Brian and I have been married for 10 years, and we have a love that is unique and unflappable. (I know everybody says that, but in our case, it’s really true.)
♥ In 2010, Brian was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (Spindle Cell Carcinoma. That’s basically doctor speak for “We don’t really know what it is or what caused it but we have to name it something so let’s just call it Spindle Cell Carcinoma.”) It was discovered very late in the game, and the tumor that had formed on his colon was life-threatening. He had emergency surgery to remove it, and we had no idea what the outcome would be. Thankfully, it was a good one. Take it from us: when you are forced to face your own mortality at the age of 30, it changes you. Brian and I are that much stronger of a team after battling, and ultimately beating, cancer. (And the great news? There’s less than a 1% chance that it will ever reoccur. Yay, science!)
♥ We have been trying to start our family since the beginning of our marriage, and after a battery of tests, a plethora of sadness, and a feeble attempt with fertility drugs, we finally came to terms with the fact that we are Fertile-ly Challenged. (That’s like being vertically challenged, except with a lower sperm count.) We had always discussed adoption as an option for us, and so in February of this year, we started our journey towards bringing home Baby Chamberlain.
♥ We will be amazing parents. This isn’t an opinion; it is fact. We will be the sort of parents that will teach our kids all about the nerd culture we love. (We might even take them to Comic Con–our favorite vacation destination.) We will cuddle up on the couch with them and watch Saturday morning cartoons. We will take them to the beach and dig in the sand and play in the surf. We will laugh together, a lot. And we will love them, as big as the ocean is wide. (Times infinity, because the Pacific doesn’t seem big enough.)
♥ We come from a humble background. Brian is a Registered Nurse at one of our local hospitals, and I run a self-storage facility. We have this dream of becoming parents, and we have the means to support a child. But adoption is CRAZY expensive. Like, Kim Kardashian’s wedding expensive. And that’s where you come in.
Here’s the kicker: I’m not good at asking for help. I wish I had a money tree, or a 3-book deal with a major publishing company, or a rich uncle named Alfred who would write me a check with his fourteen karat gold pen. But the truth is, I have none of those things, and neither does Brian. We’ve got a wonderful group of friends who have donated what little of their hard-earned money that they can, but when you’re raising money for a private domestic adoption…well, $20,000 is a lotta cheddar. Even for someone who likes cheese.
BUT—my desire to be a mother far outweighs my pride. We have wanted this for so long, and to know that the only thing keeping us from parenthood is money…well, that thought propels me to do stuff like write you this letter. If you and your team can find it in your hearts to help us spread the word–even if it’s just a post on your Facebook page, or a Tweet on your feed–every red cent that we are able to raise will help us bring home the baby we both have dreamed of for so long. We have already managed to raise almost $3,000 dollars on our own…we only need $17,000 more! We would only need a fraction of your daily viewers to donate $1, and we’d make that moolah in NO time. (I’m speaking in generalizations because math isn’t my strong suit.)
So please, please, please, Ellen–help us make our dreams come true! Every couple should have the right to be pooped on, yelled at, and ignored throughout their child’s transition through puberty. We REALLY want that chance, and only you can help.
And just on the off chance that it will help, here is a video of me dancing to Pharrell’s song, “Happy.”
Thank you so much, Ellen–for your time and your consideration, but mostly for all the good things you put out into the world.
Abby and Brian Chamberlain
Alright, friends and family. You’ve all been asking me when I’m going to send Ellen my story. Well, here it is. She’ll probably never see it if I’m the only one who sends it to her, so now I’m enlisting your help! (Again!) Send her this blog! Tweet it, Facebook it, even send it to her website!! Maybe, if we inundate her staff with the Team Chamberlain adoption story, they’ll actually get so annoyed they’ll click the link just to shut us up. Here’s how you can help:
To send Ellen a Tweet, use @TheEllenShow. I’ve taken the liberty of shortening the blog’s url, so you’ll have more characters to use: (http://alturl.com/hqiji) Also, use the hashtag #AbbynEllen so I can follow all your tweets! Here’s a sample tweet you can copy and paste:
Hey, Ellen! My friends, Abby & Brian, are trying to adopt! We could really use your help!
To post on Ellen’s Facebook page, search for The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Facebook, or point your browser here: https://www.facebook.com/ellentv. Send her the link to this blog (either shortened, as above, or www.abbygabs.com/abbynellen.) Tell her why you’re sharing it, and make it personal! Or, use the message I’ve posted below for your convenience:
Hey, Ellen! My good friends, Abby and Brian Chamberlain, are trying to adopt a child of their very own. They are funny, wonderful, super-awesome people–and I’m not just saying that because Abby herself wrote this message for me to copy and paste onto your Facebook page. Hey–maybe you could read their story and help them out? Thanks, Ellen, you rock! www.abbygabs.com/abbynellen
To send to Ellen’s website, go to EllenTV.com, click on “Send to Ellen,” scroll down to “Dear Ellen,” and fill out the form required. Or, just click here to go straight to it. Copy and paste the words from the blog into the “Tell us your story” field. (If you do that, I would choose one photo from the blog, remove the rest, and link to the blog for “web address of photo,” so she can see the rest if she wishes.) Or, if you’d rather, tell Ellen in your own words why you think she should help us spread the word about our adoption. Be creative!
And to each of you who will take the time to do this–especially those who will do it all more than once–THANK YOU for continuing to support us throughout this process. I know, one way or another, that this adoption will happen. (Especially if Ellen gives us a $10,000 check from one of her sponsors. Just sayin.
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