Shelly

I just wanted to share a short story with you about how your organization has effected our lives. My name is Shelly and my daughter is a patient at Texas Children's. I recently was asked to do a quick interview with Garrett at the annual Stuff the Sleigh event, where I thanked donors for their generosity. It was impromptu and had I really thought about what I was going to say it would of went more like this. Two years ago we were introduced to Stuff the Sleigh at their Christmas Party. Not knowing what to expect the moment we entered the event we were greeted with such warmth from the team and volunteers. What they were unaware of was this was the first outing inside in a public space since my daughters diagnosis that we had taken her to. Weakened immune systems and neutropenia become the new normal with a Cancer child. I remember saying a quick prayer at the clinic that her ANC would be high enough for us to attend. At the party she got to see Santa something I was not sure she would get to do that year and she also enjoyed the Christmas Carols and played a quick game of duck duck goose! To a parent it meant everything to see her smile and feel somewhat like a normal family if only for a moment. I can tell you when something like this disease rocks your world even the smallest accomplishments can bring you to tears of joy, thinking that your child may never have been at that point . As the event came to an end and our belly's full and our spirits high, we were given a gift which left us speechless at just how much generosity strangers can possess. At the time we did not know how much this single gift would impact our daughters life. We were blessed with an I pad and it has been the only thing that distracted our daughter through many painful procedures she had to endure, countless hospital stays, and a way to get her to eat when nothing tasted good from the chemo. It was indeed her happy place, her retreat when she was trying to block out all the unpleasant things going on. Her nurses were also able to communicate with her through it and gain their trust by being involved in what she was watching. The holiday's are supposed to be full of joy, warmth, and a general feeling of peace and good will toward men. On behalf of myself and countless other families you have touched thank you from the bottom of our hearts for displaying this and more.

Merry Christmas.

 

Shelly

2016-03-24T18:10:42+00:00

Shelly