READING FOR RENN – One Kid Trying to Help Another Battle Epilepsy

7 Oct

I want you to meet my friend Renn.

rennRenn is 6 1/2 years old and has Epilepsy.

He is the son of Bethany Telles, author of “Waiting for James in a Sea of Pink,”. I have been following Renn’s battle with epilepsy on “The Brain of a Jedi” blog (Click HERE).

He gets seizures every day. They tried all kids of medications that didn’t work. Renn has had all kinds of tests and procedures done and they didn’t work.

 On October 28th the doctors are going to put some kind of grid in his brain to figure out what part of his brain is doing it and then they are going to take that part of his brain out. They may have to take a whole section out.

Renn Likes Star Wars. He’s A Jedi Master!

As if having part of your brain taken out at 6 1/2 years old isn’t enough, the Telles family has to deal with living pretty far away from the hospital that Renn gets the procedures done at and there are a lot of medical bills.

This is all really hard for me to think about (I can’t imagine what Renn’s brother, Eli is going though). Renn is so young and he is facing some scary stuff. His whole family is. I saw that the Telles family set up a donation page to help with Renn’s medical expenses (click HERE) and I wanted to help, but I am an 11-year-old kid and I felt pretty helpless. 

I thought about what I could do to help Renn and his family. I thought about what I can do, what I can do better than anyone I know. I came up with…



Super Reader and I are very good friends.

This gave me an idea. I am the fastest reader of anyone I know. 

I thought about how I could turn my super reader power into something helpful and I came up with “Reading for Renn.”

Read4RennPurple (1)

Designed by Julie Rowan~Zoch

I am asking people and businesses to sponsor me for the month of October. Sponsor me for every AR point I get. For those of you who don’t know AR is Accelerated Reader. AR is a program that some schools do. Kids read books, take tests and get points. The goal set for me by the school this year, as a sixth grader, is 60 points. My personal goal for this year is to get 1505 points (just enough to beat the district record I set last year 😉 ). For Reading For Renn,  my goal is to get 150 AR points for the month of October. You can follow my progress right here. I will keep track of the points I get and I’ll have a little widget on my side bar too.

FOR EXAMPLE – If someone sponsors me for 10 cents for every point and I get 150 points they donate $15.00 to Reading for Renn which goes to the Telles family to help cover Renn’s medical costs. On November 1st I will announce the total AR points I earned for the month of October. Please think about sponsoring me, spreading the word or just cheering me on!


Designed by Julie Rowan~Zoch

If you would like to sponsor me, please leave a comment in the comment section. You don’t have to leave your name if you don’t want to, just an email address I can contact you at the end of the month with instructions on how to make the donation to Reading for Renn. If you’d like to make a donation directly, you can click on the PayPal** button at the bottom of this post (you don’t have to have a PayPal account to make the donation).

Please share my fund-raiser with the people you know. I was really surprised at how serious Epilepsy can be. I didn’t know all of this until I met Renn. I think more people should know about it. 

All money I raise will go to helping the Telles family pay medical bills and stuff related to Renn’s care. If they have more than they need, I will ask them to donate the rest to The Epilepsy Foundation. A great organization dedicated to finding a cure for Epilepsy.

I want to give special thanks to Susanna Leonard Hill for giving me advice and suggestions on this Hare-Brained Scheme. 🙂 Thanks to Julie Rowan-Zoch for designing the awesome Reading for Renn button (that you are welcome to share and link back here) and the image for the point counter! 

Thank you for taking the time to read this! Now excuse me, I have to get back to reading!


UPDATE #1 – Want the code for the Reading for Renn Button?!?

Click HERE to hop on over to S&K’s blog post with the code they developed and copy it for you to use!

Thank you to Cool Mom of the S&K gang for writing this! Check out Stanley and Karina’s book and blog by clicking HERE!

UPDATE #2 – NY Media Works Just pledged to MATCH the money I raise! I am trying even HARDER to read as much as I can! My mom just got me their latest book – The Bubblegum Princess! Click HERE to order it! Click HERE to visit NY Media’s website!

bubblegumUPDATE #3 I got the Purple Lightsaber Award from Renn! Battle on Renn! So many people are behind you!

Purple Light Saber Award

My Reading for Renn Challenge is over. Thank you all very much! With your help I was able to raise over $3000.00 for the Telles family! May the force be with all of you!

154 Responses to “READING FOR RENN – One Kid Trying to Help Another Battle Epilepsy”

  1. julie rowan zoch October 7, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Looking good!


  2. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews October 7, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    YES!!!! Fantastic! Please do email me Erik as I’d love sponsor you. You are AWESOME!! xx


  3. Catherine Johnson October 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    Awesome idea! I’ll definitely sponsor you, Erik and spread the word. Good luck!


  4. jacquesartandbooks October 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Erik, you are an amazing kid. Good luck with your reading I will share your blog to my friends and networks… I will make my donation with your PayPal button – happy reading and good on you for being such a caring guy.


  5. Darshana October 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    So heart-warming. You have a lovely, generous soul. I would be happy to sponsor you.


  6. Darshana October 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    This is so heart-warming. You have a generous, loving soul. I would be happy to sponsor you.


  7. Michelle Isenhoff October 7, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    This is very cool, Erik. What a great way to help Renn. I’ll pledge ten cents a point. And now to spread the word…


    • Michelle Isenhoff October 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      I shared everywhere I could think of, including two author groups. You go, kid!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      Thank you Mrs. Isenhoff! I really am glad that you are spreading the word! 😀


  8. Amanda James October 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Erik you are my HERO! What an amazing idea from an amazing kid! I will be sponsoring you and sharing your page with all! Keep it up kiddo!


  9. rnewman504 October 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    Erik, How wonderful of you to do this! I’ll sponsor you at ten cents a point.


  10. Kirsten Larson October 7, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Erik, you have the biggest heart. And I love how you’ve roped Susanna and Julie into your hare-brained scheme. I am going to sponsor you, but please don’t leave me penniless. I know how much you read. 🙂


  11. Patricia Tilton October 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Erik, you’re all heart! I’ll sponsor you 20 cents a point.


  12. Angela Brown October 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Erik, I truly believe that if the world had more people with hearts as golden as yours, even more amazing things could happen. I’d be happy to sponsor you at 10 cents per point and will share this on my FB page.


  13. Joanne Fritz October 7, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    I had an aunt with epilepsy. I’d be honored to sponsor you for 10 cents a point, Erik. Go, you! What a wonderful thing you’re doing for Renn.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

      Thank you very much! I appreciate it! I never knew how bad epilepsy could be so bad until I learned from Renn. I think more people should know about it!


  14. Coleen Patrick October 7, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    This is super cool, Erik. I made a donation via Paypal. Happy reading and YAY you! 🙂


    • Pamela Courtney October 7, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

      Ya know what, Kid? I really like you. I’d be honored to sponsor you in this. I’m so proud to know you, Erik! Ten cents over here, Kid!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 8, 2013 at 7:13 am #

      Thank you Ms. Patrick! I appreciate your support! 😀


  15. Susanna Leonard Hill October 7, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Erik, you already know what I think of your hare-brained scheme 🙂 You are a wonderful person with a kind heart, and I think your read-athon is inspired! Of course I will sponsor you. Although I might reserve judgment on how much I commit to until I see how many thousand points you end up earning 🙂 Want to email me and we’ll negotiate? 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 8, 2013 at 7:18 am #

      Sure, I’ll email you and we can negotiate! So… did you know I have a degree from Udontrememba College in Hypnotising? A master’s degree? 😉


  16. Robyn Campbell October 7, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Erik, I’m definitely going to sponsor you. This is near and dear to my heart because of Christopher! YOU ARE JUST SO DOGGONE COOL! .10 cents a point and I’ll tweet and FB my heart out. And good on Julie’s art!


  17. Penny Parker Klostermann October 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    Erik, I’m in. I have been following Renn’s journey and my heart goes out to him and his family. I’ll sponsor at 20¢.
    You are very kind to do this.


  18. izatrapani1 October 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    You don’t cease to amaze! What a kind heart you have! I’m in as a sponsor too. Send me a note!


  19. aunt char char October 7, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    I’ll sponsor you


  20. Halli Gomez October 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    This is a fantastic idea. You are a great and caring kid! I will be happy to support you, Renn and his family, and the Epilepsy Foundation.


  21. Karen Moore October 8, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    This is a brilliant idea. Count me in.


  22. Darlene October 8, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    I would love to sponsor you Erik.I think you already have my email. What a very special thing you are doing. Renn is lucky to have a friend like you.


  23. Julie October 8, 2013 at 4:43 am #

    Erik, I am so touched and impressed that you are doing this to help Renn. I’m in for 20 cents a point!!


  24. stanleyandkatrina October 8, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    The S&K gang will sponsor you! If it is okay, we’ll give you our donation amount when we see you (we are so lucky) – so paypal won’t take any money. 🙂 We’ll also post about it on our blog in the very near future, too! Awesome, Erik! Our prayers are with Renn and his family.
    ~Cool Mom for the S&K gang


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

      Thank you very much S&K and gang! 😀 That is very generous of you!!! I can’t wait to meet you guys! Thank you to Cool Mom for getting the tickets! (for those of you who don’t know – WE ARE GOING TO A RICK RIORDAN BOOK SIGNING!!! and I am a little excited about it) 🙂


      • stanleyandkatrina October 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

        ~Neighbor Girl


  25. Julie Gribble October 8, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Erik, Thank you for starting this fund – I’ll help spread the word. My little publishing company, NY Media Works, will match your total donations. So, if you’re at 13 points now, get crackin’! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

      Seriously?!? THAT IS SO AWESOME and SUPER GENEROUS!!! WOO! NY MEDIA WORKS ROCKS (I just tweeted that too 🙂 )! Check out my point total! I am now at 28! 😉 Thank you – Thank you!!!
      P.S. My mom just ordered me The Bubblegum Princess 😉


      • Julie Gribble October 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

        Yes, sir! We see those AR points going up – good job! You’ll also get a smile from all of us for each one!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks October 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

        THANK YOU!!! I REALLY REALLY REALLY am grateful to you, Ms. Gribble! 😆


    • bethanytelles October 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      The Telles family loves Julie G.!! Thank you, friend. What a gift you are to us!


  26. D. Robert Pease (@drobertpease) October 8, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Eric, I’m in. We need more people like you willing to stand up for others. Way to go. Put me down for $1.00 a point!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

      Thank you Mr. Pease! WOW! I really appreciate that! That is very generous of you! Thank you for the kind words too!


  27. elisestokes October 8, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    You never cease to amaze me, Erik. Thank you for doing this for your friend. Donated. Bless you, Renn. You’ll be in our prayers.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Thank you for your support Ms. Stokes! I appreciate it! Hey, when is the next Cassidy Jones book coming out?!? I want to read more Cassidy Jones! Maybe I’ll just re-read books 1-3 while I am waiting. 🙂


  28. Joanna October 8, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    This rocks big time, Erik. I am posting this all over my social media.


  29. readingwithrhythm October 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Way to go Erik!! I would like to send you some dog treats to keep up your strength, but the Mom Person says we’ll just make a paypal donation. You are a fine young man and I am rooting for you and Renn!!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

      Thank you Rhythm and Mom Person! That is very kind of you! (if you send dog treats – no liver flavored please) 😉


  30. Kelly KC October 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Please email me. I hope my kids have your heart and drive when they get to be your age!


  31. Beth Stilborn October 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    I’m sharing, I added the button to my blog, and I’ll be cheering you on until my cyber-voice is hoarse (after that, I’ll use hand signals, or semaphore, or Morse code or something.) This is a fantastic idea, Erik! Good for you!!!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

      Thank you very much Ms. Stilborn! Thank you for spreading the word! Maybe you can try smoke signals too! 😀


  32. William Q Singleton October 8, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Erik, you’re an amazing young man. Rock on, buddy! Put me down for .10 a point. 🙂


  33. Donna L. Sadd October 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Count me in, Erik. You truly are an inspiration and a totally good egg! Will certainly be sharing your mission to help Renn and his family every chance I get…and if I don’t get a chance, I’ll make sure to schedule it! ;0)


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Sadd! Thank you for spreading the word and for posting about it! I really appreciate it!
      P.S. Did you get my last email from you? I know sometimes my emails get spammed if I put an attachment on them…


      • Donna L. Sadd October 9, 2013 at 7:59 am #

        It’s a pleasure and a duty to help out with a great cause, Erik. :0)

        I haven’t received a recent email from you.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks October 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

        I’ll resend the email! 🙂


  34. Donna L. Sadd October 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Reblogged this on Donna L Sadd and commented:
    I want to share a very important post about one kid helping another and his family and ask for your help in sharing and supporting his mission. Big, huge thanks in advance! :0)


  35. Dave Eveleigh October 9, 2013 at 1:49 am #

    Now this is truly superheroic of you, Erik. Sign me up too and send me an email to sort out the details 🙂


  36. patientdreamer October 9, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    This is fantastic, Erik! Such a generous and loving heart, the world would be a better place with more like you. I just got in from my flight home and catching up with what is going on and had to let you know I want to pledge .20c a point and will post about your wonderful caring idea soon on my blog. (love Julie’s artwork button, isn’t this group super bestest of the best… :)) You go Bro! (as we say down here)


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 9, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      Hope your flight was great! Thanks for the pledge! It is much appreciated, Ms. Tulloch! 🙂


  37. sharonledwith October 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    Erik I’m in! You’re one awesome dude! I’ll spot you 10 cents a point. Here’s my email: seledwith at gmail dot com. Cheers and way-to-go! This world needs more people like you!


  38. KidLitReviews October 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Reblogged this on Kid Lit Reviews and commented:
    Check this out!


  39. KidLitReviews October 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Reblogging this tomorrow. Definitely sponsoring you. 😀


  40. ritamonette October 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    You are one cool kid, Erik. Put me down for 10 cents a point. I’ll spread the word for you too.


  41. Anonymous October 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Hi Erik. My name’s Omar. I’m Renn’s cousin. I like your idea a lot. I love reading too and I’m going to Read for Renn also. Thanks for the idea!


  42. K.L. Pickett October 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    You are one compassionate kid. I’ll give a nickel a point.


  43. Rick Crawford October 9, 2013 at 10:24 pm #



  44. clarbojahn October 10, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    I shared this on my Facebook page and I would be honored to sponsor you in this. Let me know at the end of the month how much, OK?

    thanks for doing this, Erik! I think you are one cool kid. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

      Thank YOU Ms. Bowan-Jahn – I really appreciate the reblog! 😀


      • clarbojahn October 13, 2013 at 9:59 am #

        It’s an important occasion and sponsoring you and supporting you is the smallest of things I can do. 🙂


  45. clarbojahn October 10, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Reblogged this on Clarbojahn's Blog and commented:
    Erik, this kid reviews books is one COOL kid.


  46. clarbojahn October 10, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Enter me with ten cents a point. Thanks so much!
    Just reblogged this, too. I am sharing it as much as I know. And all my Facebook updates goes on my twitter feed so it’s on twitter, too.
    Can you think of anything else? 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

      Thanks for the pledge! And spreading the word! You’re awesome! 😀


      • clarbojahn October 13, 2013 at 10:01 am #

        My Pleasure! IF you continue to rack up points like you are I may have to negotiate a pledge with you. And just make a donation. I fear for our budget!! 🙂


  47. Kim Pfennigwerth October 11, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Hi Erik – I don’t know how I didn’t see this sooner. Put me in for .10 and I also went to Betheny’s site and left a donation there as well. Thanks for reading, for your reveiws, and for putting the word out on this great cause!


  48. lauraboffa October 11, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    What an amazing idea! Renn is lucky to have such a great friend. I’ll sponsor you 20 cents a point – let me know how many points at the end of the month, and I’ll give through PayPal.
    Good luck and enjoy all those books!


  49. Michelle Isenhoff October 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Awesome news about the money match!! Yeah for NY Media Works!


  50. jama October 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    I’m way late to this party but of course I have to support this awesome effort. Please put me down for ten cents a point. You never cease to amaze. Erik the Great Eater, Erik the Great Heart. 🙂


  51. viviankirkfield October 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    I will definitely sponsor you, Erik! And I’ve already shared this with all of my Linkedin groups, as well as Google), FB and Twitter. And I will reblog it also. 🙂 You touch my heart…this is what humanity is all about. 🙂


  52. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog October 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    Erik- This is so wonderful that you have come up with a way to help! I know what a fabulous reader you are and believe you will make your goal. I will definitely sponsor you! As a 5th grade teacher, I think it is so great whenever kids come up with a way to help other kids. Hoping all goes well with Renn’s surgery!


  53. Emergency Room Productions October 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Inspirational idea! count me in at $0.10/point!
    Everett Robert
    Emergency Room Productions


  54. Emergency Room Productions October 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Reblogged this on Emergency Room Productions and commented:
    I want to encourage you to support this cause! As a young man in my tweens and early teens, I suffered from seizures (though not caused by epilepsy) know the fear and frustration that is caused by it. For almost 5 years, I had to take medication every day and had to have blood drawn monthly. I’m also a big supporter of the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. So having the opportunity to combine these two into one awesome giving opportunity counts me in. I am donating $0.10/AR point earned in the month of October, will you join me?


  55. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog October 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Erik- You are an inspiration! Happy reading!!!


  56. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews October 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Great job Erik!! You have generated an incredible amount of support – YOU ROCK!!!


  57. msyingling October 24, 2013 at 4:43 am #

    I put an announcement about this up on my blog. Good luck! I have 48 AR points for this grading period. Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series is really popular with my 6th graders, and I think my son read them when he was your age. (Well, the first one– the others came out later!)


  58. F.T. Bradley October 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Hey Erik,

    I’ll sponsor you! You’re one cool dude. Twenty cents a point–good luck!!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

      WOW! Thank you so much Ms. Bradley! I am just getting ready to announce the winner of the FABULOUS book – Double Vision: Code Name 711 from my blog giveaway! 🙂 Thank you again for supporting Reading for Renn! 😀


  59. Julie Gribble October 31, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS Erik!! If we had fireworks, they’d be lighting up the sky for you! We’re so proud of you and so pleased we could help!


  60. Myra GB November 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    I think it’s amazing Erik that you’re doing this. I love how you throw yourself into advocacies such as this that are meaningful to you. I am praying for Renn and for you, young man with the kind heart. 🙂


  61. Andrea (Rocco's House) November 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    I’m really impressed with you. Good job!


  62. Karen Lange November 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Thanks for the info about Renn. You are so kind to spread the word. Will be praying for Renn and his family.

    Thanks also for stopping by and commenting on some of my blog tour posts. Your support is appreciated! Wishing you and your family all the best wherever your educational journey leads! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment on my blog! I really appreciate it!



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