Those are the words the Make a Wish coordinator said to CJ when she came to meet with them this evening. Can you believe it worked out that they came tonight of all nights? It was scheduled for last week but got canceled when one of the wish coordinators got in a small car accident. So they rescheduled......for this Tuesday...tonight! CJ's 12th birthday. How cool is that?
They showed up with balloons and cupcakes for him in honor of his birthday. We sang to him for the first time today once they arrived. They sat with CJ and really helped him narrow down his wish. I won't announce here what it is yet because they still have to get it approved. But once we know for sure we will be sure to let everyone else know.
Many people ask us how we do this. Many people avoid us because it is (in their words) "too painful". We had many people tell us they don't read this blog because it made them cry.
"When Mackenzie first passed away I was in a lot of pain. I told my dad I did not want to go through this anymore. I did not want to get close to another child only to lose them. Then my dad asked me, 'Was it worth it? Was it worth knowing Mackenzie?' And the answer is YES! It was so worth knowing her even with the pain of losing her."
So there you have it! That is why we do it. It is worth it! Yes it is painful but it is worth every ounce of pain and effort to know these amazing kids. To know these amazing families. To know these amazing people that work with them. To know these amazing volunteers that spend time helping the families or coordinating events or granting wishes. To know the amazing donors who give of themselves, their talents and their treasures for the sake of others. It's worth it.
If I could Make a Wish right now it would be that each of you would know it too.
Thank you for all the lessons you have taught me.
Thank you for reminding me it is worth it!