Life is so hard for the boys and girls on or wait list. They’ve suffered more already in their young lives than most of us ever will. And yet they endure.
You help them through their pain. You really do. I’ve seen it time and time again. You must know that when you give, whether it’s $10 or $15, you have made a lifelong difference to a boy like PJ-Fox – no matter how long, or how short that lifetime is.
At 9 months old, PJ-Fox was diagnosed with sickle cell disease. He suffers from asthma, he was fitted for orthopedic leg braces at 2, and was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis, a food allergy-associated disease that causes severe pain and inflammation in the esophagus and prevents him from eating almost every food.
As a result of all his conditions, PJ-Fox makes regular visits to test his hemoglobin, requires hydroxyurea medication, continues with physical, speech, occupational and playtime therapy, and requires an extremely strict diet for all his nutritional needs. And on top of all of that, he gets itchy and painful flare-ups of the skin with blisters, bumps, lesions and swelling around his face and eyes.
Can you imagine the struggle, the anguish that PJ-Fox faces every single day? But this kid is not diminished or defined by what happened to him. His spirit, his heart, his soul are soaring, even with the blows that life has dealt him. Here’s what he tells his mom: “Mommy, I’m a fighter, I’ll be okay.”
And guess what fuels this kid? Jelly beans. He loves them. And it’s one of the few foods he is able to eat. Thanks to you, we sent PJ-Fox to a place that was pure heaven for him – The Jelly Belly Factory.
And the smile on his face in the photo you see tells you exactly what he was feeling during his time there. Sometimes a moment is so big that words aren’t necessary.
I don’t know that I’ll ever find the words to tell you how important you are to me and to each child who waits for a dream-come-true. I can only hope that you’ll give again right now.