Yesterday was uplifting, difficult, moving, painful, spiritual and full of joy, all wrapped into one. As many of you know, I have been involved in the Rhode Island division of Crayons for Cancer along with a friend of mine until recently. We recently had to cease working on this non-profit because of my friends’ family health issues and lack of a committee (lots to be done!). However, I still hope to be able to garner enough people to help get the campaign going again soon.
There are many people who worked hard this year to raise money for the Tomorrow Fund at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and numbed their fingers sorting crayons then peeling and melting, then pouring wax etc. Before I go any further, read more about Crayons for Cancer and The Tomorrow Fund. During 2010, we raised $1,000 and were finally able to present the game show sized check yesterday.
My friend Kate and I went to the Hasbro Children’s Hospital and met the founders of Crayons for Cancer, Tim and Cheryl and their daughter Emily who actually conceived the idea. The $1,000 was then presented to Barbara who runs The Tomorrow Fund. As we were posing for photos a lovely young, brave teenager and his mom were just leaving the young man’s latest round of treatment.
They wondered what was going on and stopped to inquire. His mom was moved by the crayons for cancer donation and campaign and shared her story of having an ill child (uh, the pain) and how much The Tomorrow Fund has been able to help them. They have had help with meals, daily hygienic essentials, parking fees, travel etc. Some of us had tears running down our cheeks (moi) while we all listened and found ourselves looking at each other and knowing we have the same thought in our minds: we are lucky and fortunate. In addition, this occasion was another reminder of all we have and how one person can help and touch others.
See, we all touch other, hopefully in a positive way, every single day. Keep that in mind next time you make eye contact with someone and simply smile.