Hello my friends! It's Friday night as I write this...it's been a wonderful day visiting a good friend whom I have a 'soul-bond' with. You know the kind of friend that no matter how long it's been, you always pick up as if you just saw her yesterday. That kind of friendship is real and deep and matters greatly. I am very blessed to have a few friends I can say that about. Life is truly short, and we've got to make the relationships we've been given a priority! I love you ♥
Well, I don't have a project for ya today...instead I'm feeling lead to share this CaringBridge entry from Holly McRae. Are you looking for someone to bless this Christmas? Although her own daughter, Kate, is battling cancer herself, Holly writes today about others in need:
"There are so many families I could tell you about. Some we knew well, others time was short, but the connection was deep. Most of the children's stories I have followed, mostly with various forms of brain cancer, their sites are only updated yearly now. A memorial to a precious child who fought a very terrible disease. I guess 3 years in the pediatric cancer world is enough time to see its effects.
Then every once in a while you meet one little one who not only captures your compassions, but inspires you deeply. We met this little guy through the Christmas drive you all generously made happen. He was the one who passionately loved country music. He is blind from his brain surgery, but sees life more clearly than most. Currently he is undergoing the same treatment plan Kate just finished.
I received a call the other day and his unmistakable voice poured through. My smile was instantaneous. He has that effect on most. He shared about his recent MRI, and made sure to tell me about his birthday. And without fail, almost always reminds me to thank those who gave to the Christmas drive 2 years ago. So thank you...from one of the most delightful boys you could imagine.
And so here we go... into another Christmas season. We are so grateful to the many of you who have supported this effort to bless families suffering through childhood cancer.
Another glimpse into the lives of a few of our brave fighters this year...
Little Russ man. Little Rusty was diagnosed with brain cancer (Pineoblastoma) at the tender age of 4. Spread throughout his spine, the prognosis was painful, 20% chance to see the next Christmas. Well that next Christmas is here and so is our brave man! After multiple rounds of chemo and high dost chemo with a stem cell transplant, Rusty just finished his radiation. Scans will be after the holidays.
Rusty loves all things football. He knows every NFL team, their mascot, colors, and many of their players. When he isn't calling plays and practicing his touchdown dance, he can be found playing with his lightsabers defending their home from the Darth Vader and the dark side. His smile is contagious. Despite all he has faced this past year, he remains joyful bringing happiness to everyone he spends time with.
Tyler. After a common childhood fall at the age of 2, it was discovered that Tyler had rhabdomyosarcoma of the mandible (jaw). He underwent surgery resulting in various complications, chemo and radiation, with 54 surgeries to date. Tyler gets to enjoy this Christmas in remission, but continues to face many setbacks from his battle, with the potential for more surgeries. His grandmother boasts you will never meet a little boy that cares more for others than Tyler.
Any donations can be sent to Kate's Crazy Cool Christmas c/o Holly McRae @ 5354 Haven Ave Alta Loma, CA 91737. Thank you for your generous support. For any more information regarding the drive please see the previous journal entry.
Again, thank you."
See you soon, my wonderful friends!!!
May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~