I started volunteering with Fairy Godmother Project about five years ago. A friend started this organization after seeing and helping a mutual friend go through the life changing experience of having a child diagnosed with cancer. I had wanted to be involved when she first started with taking meals to families but as a mother of small children I just didn't have the time. Well, I am still a mother of small children and now I make the time to give my time to this amazing organization. Because let me tell you, I reCEIVE so much!
I lost my best friend to pediatric cancer in high school. I can honestly say it was life changing. She was an angel among us. Which is why I think she went home to heaven, she just didn't belong here on earth with all the hardships we face here. I miss her ever day. She has been gone from us for 25 years. I still can't wrap my head around that. She is why I give, as much as I can, to Fairy Godmother Project. When I am helping other families that are currently facing pediatric cancer I am helping her. As a teenager I felt so helpless watching my friend go through all that she went through. She lost her hair, her mobility, her chance to be a teenager! I visited her weekly while she was in the hospital or at home. But it never felt like enough and therefore now I think I make up for lost time, with her, by giving to other families facing the same thing she faced so bravely.
I can't tell you one time specifically that I have given that has been meaningful to me. Every time is meaningful. Every time I give support to this organization I am supporting Becky. It feels so good to feel her with me even after having to say goodbye 25 years ago. Sadly, children are still dying from the same cancer that she died from. This is not okay. In 25 years very little has changed as far as the treatment of pediatric cancer goes. I do not have the smarts to support the families in trying to find a cure. What I can do is take them meals, offer them support, help them celebrate their child when their battle is over. Is this easy, no, not at all. But it shouldn't be. I am so blessed in my life and it is my responsibility, my duty even, to continue supporting families like my friend Becky's as they battle this beast.
It is by giving that we receive. So. Very. True.
This picture is of my angel, rebecca Lynn Hadley.
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