This past week I remembered how excited Grace was to see our neighbor, Matt, walk down the street to get on the high school bus. She was awake and ready for kindergarten very early that first day and she saw him going to the bus stop. She was yelling from the window, "Matt is going to high school! Matt is going to high school!" This year, as I watched Colin walk to the high school bus stop for the first time, I couldn't fight the tears as I thought of how proud she would be to have a brother in high school. She would, undoubtedly, be yelling from the porch, "Colin is going to high school! Colin is going to high school!"
So, the buses came and went this week and it still hurts. She should be getting on, going to second grade with all of her peers. The black-eyed susans have bloomed and are now beginning to fade and she was not there to have her picture taken in front of them.
As we have learned in the past 18 months, we take deep breaths and try to turn our pain into action. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Saturday, September 12 has been named Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. We have planned a few activities to commemorate this with the Foundation. First of all, on Thursday, September 10, Max and Erma's in Monroeville will donate 20% of your total bill to Reflections Of Grace. All you need to do is present your server with our flyer, which can be downloaded from www.reflectionsofgrace.org. Once you have printed the flyer, feel free to share one with your friends and family or anyone you know who might be able to eat there anytime that day. The one thing we are not permitted to do is to distribute the flyers at the restaurant on the day of the benefit. So be sure to print your flyer, distribute one to a friend, and remember to take it with you to Max & Erma's on Thursday the 10th!
Secondly, on Monday, October 12, we are hosting our first annual golf outing at The Madison Club in Madison, PA. The event will be an 18 hole scramble and we can only take the first 144 golfers that register. For more information and a printable flyer, go to www.reflectionsofgrace.org. You will find the link to both the Max and Erma's flyer and the golf outing flyer at the top of the main page.
In addition, there are several other things you can do to help spread awareness about Childhood Cancer Month. You can simply wear a gold ribbon in September (gold has been chosen for childhood cancers as a whole) and tell anyone who asks why you are wearing it. You can sponsor a "Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve" dress down day at your place of work (visit reflectionsofgrace.org for details). You can visit www.icouldbeyourchild.org to read about the many children afflicted with DIPG and then pray for them and their families. You can tell someone who doesn't seem happy with their normal life how blessed they are to have healthy children and then share with them the story of a family that has lost a child to cancer...
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about any of the upcoming events...you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek him..."