Who was Eli Aubin?
Eli Aubin was a four-year-old boy from New Jersey who loved kitties, race cars, fishing and adventures. He had a bright smile and a sweet personality that made him a natural encourager and a friend to everyone he met. He also had two younger brothers, Maverick and Caden, who were his greatest treasures.
Eli’s life was cut short by a rare and deadly virus called enterovirus D68, which causes respiratory illness and sometimes neurological complications. Eli was the first reported death from this virus in the United States in 2014. He died peacefully in his sleep on September 24, 2014, without showing any symptoms of the infection.
What is enterovirus D68?
Enterovirus D68 is a type of virus that belongs to the same family as poliovirus and rhinovirus (the common cold). It can cause mild to severe respiratory illness, especially in children and people with asthma. It can also affect the nervous system and cause muscle weakness, paralysis, or meningitis.
Enterovirus D68 is not a new virus, but it is uncommon and unpredictable. It was first identified in 1962, but only a few cases were reported until 2014, when a large outbreak occurred in the United States and Canada. More than 1,000 people were confirmed to have the virus, mostly children, and 14 of them died. The virus also spread to other countries, such as Japan, China, and Europe.
The exact cause of the 2014 outbreak is unknown, but some factors that may have contributed are changes in the virus, environmental conditions, and human immunity. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for enterovirus D68, so prevention is the best strategy. This includes washing hands, avoiding contact with sick people, and disinfecting surfaces.
What is Eli’s Treasure Foundation?
Eli’s Treasure Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded by Eli’s parents, Andy and Lauren Aubin, in memory of their son. The foundation’s mission is to inspire hope through biblical principles and help people find joy in life through fun and adventure. The foundation also aims to honor Eli’s legacy by creatively connecting to the community with Eli’s Treasure Coins, Acts of Kindness, and Impact events.
Eli’s Treasure Coins are special coins that have Eli’s picture and a message of hope on them. They are given to people who are going through a hard time, or who need a reminder of God’s love and plan for their lives. The coins are also used to spread kindness and generosity, as people are encouraged to pay it forward and share the coins with others.
Acts of Kindness are simple ways to show love and compassion to people in need. The foundation organizes and participates in various activities, such as delivering meals, donating toys, visiting nursing homes, and supporting local businesses. The foundation also partners with other organizations, such as Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse, and Compassion International, to reach more people around the world.
Impact events are fun and adventurous activities that bring joy and excitement to children and families. The foundation hosts and sponsors events, such as fishing tournaments, car shows, scavenger hunts, and movie nights. The foundation also provides scholarships and grants to help children pursue their dreams and passions.
How can you support Eli’s Treasure Foundation?
You can support Eli’s Treasure Foundation by donating, volunteering, or spreading the word. Your generous gift will help the foundation continue its work and make a difference in the lives of many people. You can also join the foundation’s team of volunteers and help with various tasks, such as coin distribution, event planning, fundraising, and social media. You can also share Eli’s story and the foundation’s mission with your friends, family, and community.
Eli’s Treasure Foundation is a testament to the power of hope, faith, and love. Eli’s life may have been short, but his impact was huge. He touched many hearts and inspired many souls. He left behind a treasure that will never fade away.