When I call to raise funds for our wish children, I am met with all kinds of questions, responses and attitudes, all good, bad and/or indifferent. I hear it all. Some days are truly tough and discouraging; honestly, with the state of our economy and many people struggling to make ends meet, I can completely understand the reservations some people have about donating their money.
However, a call I recently made was different from all the rest. Jerry from the American Legion of Nebraska listened to my request and took the time to review Lane’s story. (Lane is one of our wish kids who lives in Jerry’s community and suffers from Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia.) After reading Lane’s story, Jerry made it his mission to engage the community in helping support one of their own. Through Jerry’s efforts and determination, he not only rallied his community but he also caused me to wholeheartedly reaffirm my belief that people still care; when you believe in something anything is possible.
Not only was Jerry able to help Lane, he was also able to raise additional funds to help grant the wish of another Nebraska wish child, named Grant.
The moral of the story is when you least expect someone or something to change your life, you are met with a “Guardian Angel.” Jerry was not only a “Guardian Angel” for two of our wish children, he was mine as well. Through Jerry, I realized that even in these tough times, we can always come together for a greater cause. You know what else I learned? That even the little things we think don’t matter at all actually make all the difference in the world.