Giving Back ~February

Meet the McLaughlin Family...

Michael and Ryan Elizabeth McLaughlin are the proud parents of four children – Conner (9), Ellie Kate(7), Henry (4), and Lucy (1). Both Ellie Kate and Lucy were born with a terminal genetic disease called NKH. Sadly, Ellie Kate passed away from complications of the disorder on December 23, 2012.

Having two special-needs children has changed the McLaughlin Family for the better. Through their daughters, they have been given a heart for families of special-needs children and for families who have children who have passed away. When you have a sick or disabledchild, you can feel isolated and the world seems to shut you out. Mike and Ryan want to stop that pattern in the Community and want to open people’s eyes to the special needs world and to things people can do to help those who are hurting mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. With that in mind, they were led to start the Hope Link Foundation and Support Group in the Oklahoma City area, working to support families whose children suffer from rare, serious and undiagnosed disorders.

God has blessed the McLaughlins in so many ways. They feel honored to have been chosen to parent all four of their children, and consider their journeys with Ellie Kate and Lucy as a priceless gift. God loves ALL people and created ALL in His image and for His glory!


We are so incredibly blessed by this amazing family...they have encouraged us so very much.  Their heart for the Lord, each other, and those who have special needs is such a sweet gift to our family.  Thank you, Ryan and Michael for being you!  

Please visit www.hopelink.org to find out more about the Hope Link Foundation and www.carepages.com -"EllieKate", for updates on Lucy and Ellie Kate.

Common threads chooses a family, organization, or ministry to donate 10% of our profit from our t-shirt sales to every month.  If you know a family, organization, or ministry who share our mission, please contact us as we will be on the lookout for those we can serve. 

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