Monday, February 9, 2009
Plantation Key School has picked up the chant for Charlie! The third grade class from last year began collecting pop tops in an effort to see what 1 million was like. However, upon hearing that they could help Charlie's dad, Matt and the Ronald McDonald House in the fight against cancer, they decided to donate all their collected tops to Charlie! I can't imagine a more powerful message - kids helping kids! What a great lesson to learn so young and to carry forward as they grow and experience life. As the presentation was being made, one child initiated a chant for "Charlie" and soon the whole crowd was holding up their bags and chanting for Charlie! As the students help load the tabs in Ms. Gibson’s car that day, one student was overheard saying “this makes me feel so good to help Charlie”. The students were so excited about their community service and that it went to help a real child with a face. These children took the opportunity to take something of throwaway value, a pop top, and recycled it into a tool of giving! Thank you PKS! You have done more than help out a family fighting cancer with this act...you have enabled these children to realize the act of helping others! What a fantastic lesson for us all!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
We had the opportunity to see Charlie 2 days after christmas and celebrate the holiday with him and his father Matt. The kids were super hyped as they had not been able to hang with Charlie since just before his diagnosis. It was pretty hard on his cousins Joseph and Oliver, who spent most of the summer competing to be Charlie's "favorite"! The girls were just happy to have their "little buddy" back.
Charlie was just cute as a button and, though his blood counts were low, he was really just our normal happy nephew! Because of his counts we had bottles of Purel within reach at all times and we had the very real fear of having to abort the whole trip should any of the family come down with anything so much as a sniffle. Fortunately, those fears came to nought and it was a highlight of our holiday season! Charlie has been responding well to chemo and looks to be right on schedule as far as treatment goes. We continue to be blessed with an outpouring of support from so many in the community as we journey on this long arduous road. Thank you to all and I hope to get back up to speed with these updates! :)