Posted in accomplishments, Amazing, baby, cancer, charitable organizations, charity, chemo, children, comfort, commitment, compassion, disease, family, finances, gifts, giving, health, Heart, Heart to heart, help, hospital, hospitals, illness, Impact, kids, making money, medical, medicine, mental and physical health, MONEY, responsibility, sickness, stress, support, Teamwork, trauma, well-being, tagged auction, baby bag, baby chickens, bid, camcer treatments, cancer, cancer support, charity, childhood cancer, childs wooden rocking chair, donations, fabric purse, Facebook, family, financial hardships, fundraising, handsewn purse, hardship, hospital, hospital gown, medical, non- profit organization, sock monkey, stress, swaddling blanket, Team Keegan, tote bag on March 7, 2012|
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It has come to my attention that people will often find themselves doing amazing things after finding themselves in challenging situations. Take for instance this family i know. Their son Keegan had cancer…and life got pretty challenging not only for Keegan but for his whole family. Keegan lives with his parents and he has a younger sibling and an older sibling. Living in a rural area means that when you have cancer treatments you often have to do a lot of traveling to and from bigger cities that have the facilities that you can not necessarily get in your own small town. This not only puts a financial hardship on families but it also creates many opportunities for separation of family members. It is difficult to be able to work a job or two, balance the physical and emotional needs of all the family members and still find the extra energy to take care of yourself. Those are issues this family understands, the stress of it all, as they have been through it themselves.
This particular family has gotten through all of that and they decided, as a family, to give back to others going through similar situations. They were blessed over and over again by friends, family members and even total strangers during all of the trials they faced while going through testing and treatments. They have decided to form a non profit to help others. To get the non profit status, they must raise funds to file all of the necessary paperwork with the state and federal government.
This week they are doing an online auction on their Facebook page Team Keegan If you believe in doing good things, in taking a challenge and using it to bless others…won’t you visit their page and bid on some of their donated items? I believe there are wonderful items such as: a child’s wooden rocking horse, a picture hand-created by Keegan, a sock monkey in a hospital robe, baby chickens, a hand-sewn American made fabric purse, a tote bag with a swaddling blanket and burp rag and a photo package from a local photographer. This is a fundraiser…and they are planning on doing good things to bless other children and their families facing medical challenges.
If you have ever known someone who has faced cancer then you know just how important support can be. Please help this family achieve their dream of becoming a non-profit organization who reaches out to others in need. Thanks for being willing to read this far. Now won’t you go visit their page at Team Keegan ?
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Posted in Amazing, anger, compassion, emotions, encouragement, excitement, friendship, Heart, life, loneliness, love, mental and physical health, observations, of connections, pain and misery, relationships, surprise, tagged acceptance, adulthood, compassion, embrace, emotions, excitement, Heart, hug, hurt, joy, lady, loneliness, love, pain, reassurance, relationships, sadness, teen, unconditional, worthy on March 26, 2009|
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Tonight was a lesson in making someone feel loved and cherished. A young lady who has been missing from our community for personal reasons returned for a brief reunion with the people who truly care about her; I think it surprised her. It was emotional; she was embraced and verbally told that she was loved; that she was missed, and that everyone hoped to see her again soon. This is a young woman who needs to understand how much she is loved…because she struggles with that. She has been in pain and because of that…she has put herself through more than she needed to in her journey to adulthood.
Some people struggle with understanding love and accepting love in their life. Whether they don’t feel worthy of being loved or they just dont feel love for themselves in the first place; it is a difficult position to be in. Everyone needs love in their lives. They need to give it and they need to receive it. It needs to be unconditional…without strings attached.
It was a moving moment to see this young female teen enter into a room full of people and be moved to tears by the response of those people. I actually felt as though she was a sponge and was able to the first time in her life realize how much others care for her and accept it! If only everyone who is sad, lonely, angry, or hurt could feel the same kind of reassurance in their life that they are deserving of love. Do you know someone who needs a compassionate hug or a reassuring word?
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Posted in Advocating for special needs, Amazing, attitude, baby, Beauty, birth, charity, children, comfort, compassion, death, emergency, emotions, Fame, family, Fear, finances, Frustration, future, giving, health, Heart, help, Impact, inspiration, kids, leadership, life, loss, love, media, mental and physical health, mom, MONEY, mother, news, observations, opinion, Opportunities, organizations for special needs, pain and misery, parenting, poverty, pregnancy, publicity, respect, sadness, service, Sisterhood, support, travel, water shortage, well-being, tagged abundance, African, American, attention, attitude, baby, blessings, bonding, breast milk, child, compassion, crew, criticism, desperate, Difference, fulfillment, Heart, help, humanitarian mission, love, milk, mother, necessity, need, newborn, news, Nightline, nursing, nutrition, Pampers, poverty, publicity, Salma Hayek, Sierra Leone, starvation, tetanus, Unicef, vaccines, world on February 12, 2009|
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If you were traveling through a poverty striken area and you had a baby of your own that you were still nursing…could you walk away from a hungry newborn baby that had nothing to eat? Actress Salma Hayek was in Sierra Leone on a humanitarian mission…she nursed an African newborn who was starving because his mother could not produce milk for her child. Salma was moved to feed that child. She talked about his eyes lighting up as he began to feel the nutrition flow into his body. She was moved in her heart to feed him; because i believe that a nursing mother can’t ignore a hungry baby that is crying out in his/her need; that is called basic human compassion. Still, you would think that we all had that in abundance; but, not always so, some would run the other way as quickly as they could go.
This moment was captured on film by the news crew of “Nightline” who were along on the trip for Unicef , to promote the importance of tetanus vaccines. Unicef and Pampers have a campaign called 1 Pack=1Vaccine; Salma is a spokeswoman for Pampers. www.unicefusa.org or www.pampers.com/unicef
I love the message of what Salma did; purely from the standpoint of, if you see a need fill it. Salma still is breastfeeding her own child who is approximately 1 year old. She understands the importance of, the nutritional value as well as the bonding value of, breastfeeding.
Surely there will be those individuals who will criticize her for what she did. There will be naysayers who will bring up the issue of aids and to the possible exposure to her health or that of her own child. They will say that she did this as a publicity stunt, or for the attention. Some will say in the larger scheme of things…did that one feeding make a difference; will it save the life of that child. I believe it made a difference. I believe an African woman saw an American woman with heart. I believe a baby felt fulfillment, comfort, and love. I pray that the mother and child received more help. A world saw a desperate moment and an act of love.
I say, she was in the moment. She saw a child in need; she felt the despair of a mother who could not provide for her child the most basic necessity in life at that time for her child; she did what she was able to do. I love that she didn’t think twice. Those who have been blessed in life and find themselves around others in need have a responsibility to share. I respect Salma for doing it so very naturally. There are so many in need around the world…what can you do to make a difference?
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