Saturday, March 13, 2010
“You made the little princess feel like a queen.”
That is the message I got today from the grandmother of a little girl undergoing a bone marrow transplant at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
She went on to say, “I just wanted to….no I really need to thank you for the birthday party you gave my grand daughter. It tears my heart out that we were not able to give her a party like she so deserves and wanted. Thank you for all that you did for her that day. I admire how your love for a perfect little boy has turned into the courage that he has taught you. You have my utmost respect for the ability to move forward in life with two boys by your side and one carried in your heart. I have heard you can tell a lot about a person by the kind of light that surrounds them. I envision you surrounded by bright white angel wings. Touching lives without judgment. Understanding the needs of a family without a word spoken. Holding the hand of someone crying tears of joy, tears of fear, or the tears of goodbye. Not doing anything or looking for the right word to say. Instead you demonstrate your gift of understanding by simply being there.”
Instead of spending her birthday in a cheerless hospital room, Emma has an over-the-top Disney Princess party with decorations, party hats, blowers, goody bags, balloons, gifts and so much more. Bringing smiles and laughter to faces of kids like Emma is exactly why we started Hope for Henry. And I’m so glad we did. If you want more information about Hope for Henry, please visit www.hopeforhenry.org.