April 19, 2007
I never ask people to donate money for causes. Usually it is because there are so many good and worthy things to donate your money to, who am I to decide that one is better or more important or more worthy of your attention.
But this time I am asking. For someone I don’t even know.
When my sister in law was diagnosed with cancer ( a completely different kind of cancer, btw) and going through all of her treatments– chemo, radiation, and two bone marrow transplants– she said to me on the phone one day that she would never put herself through all of this except for her children. She was told that only 5% of people who make it through treatment survive past three years. And I had said that people play the lottery all the time with much worse odds.
Of course she would be in that 5%.
She died 16 months after her diagnosis.
Her funeral was the last time I went to church.
Over 5000 of you come here everyday. I type out nonsense, stories about my kids, annoying people at the grocery store, even bad poetry. And I know what I am going to ask will turn some of you off. Perhaps you won’t come back because of it. But that is fine.
Heather has just been diagnosed with a brain tumor. She is a young mother to three children, one of whom has chronic health problems. And her doctor just told her that twenty years is a long time to live.
I look at my children and think 20 years is a long time? I think that this doctor couldn’t possibly have children of his own or he would know that 20 years is a drop in the bucket.
Heather and her husband are getting second and third opinions. They are not rich people.
And I have been reading her blog the past few days and she is so confident in her faith. Her belief in a God who has plans for her. I am in awe of that sort of faith.
What do I believe?
I believe in the inherent goodness of people. I believe that people want to make a difference.
I want to believe in that God of Heather’s, I do.
And so I am asking you to click that link and donate some money.
What about $1. You can afford a dollar.
What about $5? Give up your Starbucks coffee for one day and think of Heather… pray if you do that, or send good thoughts her way.
What about $10? Give up lunch out one day and brown bag it.
Get your children involved.
Ask your kids to search around the house and car for loose change. You might think it won’t make a difference. But it will. Teach your children the spirit of giving. Show them how giving will make them feel good.
Just give something.
And if you donate come back and leave me a comment. You will be entered in a drawing for some neat prizes. But I will write about those in another post later on today.
Edited to add: If you already donated to Heather that is fine too. Leave a comment and you will be entered in the drawing. And for those of you who have said oh I don’t want a prize. Yes you do! The prizes are not transferable to cash. I am not spending my money buying prizes or anything. People are donating things.
(As of Friday, April 27, 2007 comments are closed. Raffle tomorrow!)
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