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A Hippopotamus for Christmas
     A true story about a hippo
  on Netlog, YouTube and Facebook
  Bruno Lowagie @ ZooCamp 2009
February 2008

I'm lost for words...
   Ik kan er niet over schrijven.
Yet words are all I have.
   Ik kan er niet niet over schrijven.
What else can I do to help him?
   Ik weet het niet, ik weet het echt niet...
Bad, bad news…
                 Your son has Cancer…
The protocol
A Helping Hippo
The operation
Brul gets surgery
A Hippo Song




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NCDtlSNm0k
Hippo Song 2
Hello,
Paincakes fanmail   I wanted to send you a little mail to thank you for recording quot;I
                       want a hippopotamus for Christmas.quot; My son (almost 12) has
                       Cancer (Osteosarcoma) and he has a little stuffed hippo that
                       has become very important during the long treatment.
                    We play your version of quot;I want a hippopotamus for Christmasquot;
                       every time we celebrate something. For instance: we've just
                       had the news that he can go home from the hospital for the
                       weekend. On such an occasion I play the song on my
                       portable computer and my son lets his stuffed hippo dance
                       to it. He can't use his left leg due to the Cancer, so he lets his
                       hippo do all the things he can't do anymore.
                    This is just a little mail from a father, a son and his hippo to tell
                       you that we are fans!
                    Thanks again,
                    Bruno, Inigo and Brul
Bruno,
                   Thank you so much for your message. Your email and blog entry
Paincakes answer       were very touching. It is very nice to know that something
                       we did for fun has now taken on so much meaning in your
                       lives.
                   One of the first thoughts that entered my mind after reading the
                       blog entry was that there may be a way to get Inigo a
                       hippopotamus for Christmas. I know many zoo's in the
                       United States have adoption or sponsorship programs to help
                       fund the care of animals. For a donation that goes towards
                       feeding and taking care of an animal, the zoo will send a
                       picture and information about the animals they are adopting
                       or sponsoring. I would imagine that it may be a possibility at
                       a zoo near you as well. If possible, myself and my friends in
                       the quot;bandquot; would like to find a way to make this happen.
                   Please let me know what you think of the idea. Again, thank you
                       for your email. My best wishes to you and your family. I hope
                       Inigo has a quick recovery.
                   Sincerely,
                   Erik J. Koppin
Netlog: Clan Brul
Hippe Hermien
Hippopotamusses
Brul is popular
Brul on YouTube




                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUPKUGT9yiA
Brul’s Newspaper
Key chains
Cool T-Shirts




                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLe3AxKKpxU
Free Flyers
Brul in De Tijd
       Oktober 2008
Brul on Facebook




                   http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48050780329
Brul & his T-shirts
T-Shirt mania
Christmas present
Closing event:
   dog walk
Extra money
Visiting Hermien
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ7H6-C22OQ
Inigo is happy
Thank you!
Questions are welcome

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A Hippopotamus for Christmas

  • 1. A Hippopotamus for Christmas A true story about a hippo on Netlog, YouTube and Facebook Bruno Lowagie @ ZooCamp 2009
  • 2. February 2008 I'm lost for words... Ik kan er niet over schrijven. Yet words are all I have. Ik kan er niet niet over schrijven. What else can I do to help him? Ik weet het niet, ik weet het echt niet...
  • 3. Bad, bad news… Your son has Cancer…
  • 10. Hello, Paincakes fanmail I wanted to send you a little mail to thank you for recording quot;I want a hippopotamus for Christmas.quot; My son (almost 12) has Cancer (Osteosarcoma) and he has a little stuffed hippo that has become very important during the long treatment. We play your version of quot;I want a hippopotamus for Christmasquot; every time we celebrate something. For instance: we've just had the news that he can go home from the hospital for the weekend. On such an occasion I play the song on my portable computer and my son lets his stuffed hippo dance to it. He can't use his left leg due to the Cancer, so he lets his hippo do all the things he can't do anymore. This is just a little mail from a father, a son and his hippo to tell you that we are fans! Thanks again, Bruno, Inigo and Brul
  • 11. Bruno, Thank you so much for your message. Your email and blog entry Paincakes answer were very touching. It is very nice to know that something we did for fun has now taken on so much meaning in your lives. One of the first thoughts that entered my mind after reading the blog entry was that there may be a way to get Inigo a hippopotamus for Christmas. I know many zoo's in the United States have adoption or sponsorship programs to help fund the care of animals. For a donation that goes towards feeding and taking care of an animal, the zoo will send a picture and information about the animals they are adopting or sponsoring. I would imagine that it may be a possibility at a zoo near you as well. If possible, myself and my friends in the quot;bandquot; would like to find a way to make this happen. Please let me know what you think of the idea. Again, thank you for your email. My best wishes to you and your family. I hope Inigo has a quick recovery. Sincerely, Erik J. Koppin
  • 16. Brul on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUPKUGT9yiA
  • 19. Cool T-Shirts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLe3AxKKpxU
  • 21. Brul in De Tijd Oktober 2008
  • 22. Brul on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48050780329
  • 23. Brul & his T-shirts
  • 26. Closing event: dog walk