early on in my life, the importance of “giving” was instilled in me.
it has always been something that has resided at the forefront of my mind.
everyone should give. i cannot say it enough times. there are just SO many ways for us to give to others.
and it doesn’t have to be money. it can be your time. your volunteerism. your blood.
every small piece of you that is given, helps someone else TENFOLD!!!
get involved in non-profit organizations. go read to the kids at the hospital. run a 5K and and have people sponsor you!
it takes little more than your desire. and your willingness to help others
My little brother, Connor, was diagnosed last year with a rare cancer. and since then, he has been undergoing treatment at a fast and steady pace.
I have watched this young man handle this situation with a grace and composure that both inspires me and leaves me in awe.
While undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, Connor found a way to volunteer at Camp Alphie to help and motivate other children who were/are diagnosed with cancer
He refused to let cancer consume him, and still made his way out to the soccer field to cheer on his team.
When he was three years old, he started playing soccer, and grew up with a soccer ball at his feet.
After his diagnosis, he was unable to play soccer. You can imagine that after 15 years of playing a sport you love, you are devastated when you aren’t physically able to anymore.
connor has ALWAYS wanted to be a professional soccer player.
and he has always dreamed of going to the World Cup
The local Make-a-Wish organization learned of Connor’s case and interviewed him last year.
This year, the Make a Wish National Chapter combined their efforts and made my little brother’s dream come to life!!!!
He is currently in South Africa for the FIFA 2010 World Cup!
As we speak, my parents and brother are in South Africa, on a trip of a lifetime!
They will be attending two World Cup Matches: England vs. Algeria and Portugal vs. North Korea!!!!
You can read more about his Wish Here: Amarillo Globe News
Make-A-Wish hosted a nice cookout for our family and friends to attend and send Connor off on his way to his wish! A lot of our family and friends came out to show their support in the walk-a-thon that morning and the soccer games that afternoon.
Connor and my parents with one of his doctorsand then, a really nice man volunteered his time and limo services to my family to pick them up from their house to take them to the airport for their flight to Africa! all out of the kindness of his heart.
i cannot adequately thank everyone that was involved and played a part in making my brother’s wish come true. everyone that provided a silver lining to the cloud. everyone that assisted and organized this very special moment in connor’s life.
thank you thank you thank you for sharing your heart with those in need. for helping people everywhere. for acknowledging a need, but more importantly for allowing your giving spirits to surface and motivate you to get involved in any way you can: big or small.
i am so thankful for the people in my brother’s life. for those of you who brought movies to him while he was in the hospital during a chemo round. for the nurses who personally and emotionally invested in him. for our friends who unceasingly made him a priority in your life. who came to the hospital to visit. chat. and laugh. for those of you who provided normalcy to our family. for those of you who spent countless hours in prayer. and shared his story with your friends around the world who joined you in praying for a recovery.
i’m thankful and appreciative for EVERY.SINGLE.SOUL that has come into my brother’s life. for the countless ways you have given him life. thank you for everything you do.
and for every single volunteer who plays a part in helping any organization, i applaud you and commend you for your good nature. your desire to help. your passion to give.
for those of you that raise funds for research and combine your love of running. for those of you who visit the blood centers and donate your time and blood. for those of you who help at the hospitals. for those of you who contribute to the Ronald McDonald House, Women’s Shelter, United Way, Bethesda Outreach Center. for those of you who give of your selves selflessly. to help someone else……
an endless amount of thanks and appreciation are directed to you!
and to my sweet friend Julie, one of my high school seniors from last year:
thank you SO much for helping in this event! i absolutely love your heart. and smile. and laugh. you will never fully understand the worth of your involvement!
a million times, thank you!