Solving Kids’ Cancer’s Junior Ambassadors are a group of 6-16 year olds whose philanthropic efforts help create new and more effective treatments for children with the most challenging childhood cancers. They deserve to be in the spotlight for their commitments and passions to bring change to the childhood cancer community. Throughout the month of April, we are proud to introduce you all to this inspirational group of future leaders.
Meet Jr. Ambassador, Finn Kennedy. (My niece, who never had the chance to meet her brother/my nephew, Hazen, who passed away from pediatric cancer before she was born.)
What do you want to do when you grow up?
” I want to be a lawyer because the world needs good lawyers.”
Why did you decide to become a Jr. Ambassador for Solving Kids’ Cancer?
“Because I feel like everyone should have a chance to be a kid, have fun and change the world and I want to help sick kids to have that.”
What do you want your efforts to do?
” I want this money to go to researchers who try to invent medicines using expensive technology.”
What do you think we can all do for children that are fighting cancer?
” We can encourage them to stay happy. We should work hard and do our best to let people know that there are children who really need help.”
“the measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”
-corrie ten boom
today our kinders
learned a beautiful lesson
about a lovely tradition
honoring those who we have loved and lost
and now continue to remember
on this very special holiday each year
“the core belief of the Day of the Dead is so poetic and simple: as long as we remember those who have passed away, as long as we tell their stories, sing their songs, tell their jokes, cook their favorite meals, then they are with us, around us, and in our hearts.
-jorge r. guiterrez
The Art of the Book of Life, Introduction
(Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead)
this post is dedicated to little hazen
who left us on this day
lost much too soon
and always remembered.
‘bad things do happen in the world,
like war, natural disasters, disease.
but out of those situations always arise
stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.’
for all who suffer as a result of the disasters
for all who arise to do extraordinary things to help.
image credit: REUTERS/Adrees Latif- East Texas
what a lovely coincidence
that on this day
as i continue on my city parks journey
and drive through a neighborhood
i am lost
i come to the intersection of
pamela and patricia
the names of
my two sisters
one still with us
one gone forever
and today –
i look ahead to find
they’ve led me
to the beautiful park right in front of me.
“don’t forget to leave your handprints on the ones you love
and your footprints around the neighborhood.”
― lisa c. miller
for irish katie who loved the world
left way too early
for her daughter rachel
the happy nods of her mother’s head
who carries on
under the beautiful light
of her mother’s smile.
“death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
-from an irish headstone
– and for all of those who have loved and lost someone dear to them
county donegal, ireland
watched an episode
of this iconic show
in honor of my late father’s birthday.
he told me a secret
about this agency
when i was young.
he showed me his special
man from u.n.c.l.e. card.
told me not to tell anyone.
i was always fascinated by the world of spies.
made perfect sense to me
i thought advertising was his cover
why he traveled so much.
told everyone i knew immediately
told them not to tell anyone.
they told everyone they knew immediately
with the same request.
when i got married
i asked him about it.
he told me
that he thought
i had figured it out long ago.
we laughed for a long time.
the most incredible imagination
he always made me laugh.
i still laugh
even when i think about him now.
as suddenly as
nacho the cat not the food
stepped into our lives
and became family
he has exited once more.
last night he slept
calm and close
purring and cuddling
warm fur soft and gentle.
tonight it will be quiet.
we are made better
for having known him
his sense of humor
his friendly ways
his love of life.
we will all miss him dearly.
until we meet again.
“there is no death. only a change of worlds.”
– chief seattle