Hello Ten for Him’ers….
After we left last month’s meeting and I got the money, I prayed about finding the “right” opportunity and asked for a “sign” . I went to my son’s soccer game that night and sat next to a friend who started to tell me about the cancer returning on the Mother of two of our players. It was a sad story as the Cancer had been in remission and she had been experiencing recent headaches and were just informed the cancer had spread to the brain. They family was acting fast and had appointments with MD Anderson. The high school team was in a tournament and our school was the host. As a ticket taker volunteer, I noticed a red shoe box with a note asking for donations for the family. I didn’t know the family or sons and knew a lot of the players knew them and thought it was a nice gesture. Later, that day, my son came home to say how the son of the Mom with cancer really opened up to him in between games. It really tugged on his heartstrings.
The next game, the Senior son, scored! He is a defender and Defenders rarely score in soccer. I sat in the stands with TEARS in my eyes. I had only heard of this child and his family four days earlier. I sat there just praying that I wouldn’t cry with noise….this was really weird how emotional I became over a simple goal.
Then, that evening, a team Mom sent out a “begging” email with one final push for the RED shoe box donations. This family was facing all kinds of expenses with Mom in MD Anderson, meals, gas, etc… The goal was to ease their burden a bit. I had the “SIGN” I was looking for in this email. I thought I was looking for the cool story of someone so down on their luck but often times our friends right here in town need help. The woman collecting the money knew of Ten for Him and had a few friends in other groups. Our money was what she was looking for as they wanted to provide the family with an IPAD to sync the appointments with the kids Iphones so they could keep in touch with Mom at MD Anderson. The woman had bought a few gift cards to help with meals but was really hoping to help with this technology to help the kids feel connected. They also have a fourth grader that is having an especially hard time understanding why Mom is healthy and sick.
The family was so appreciative! I saw that she was in attendance at the Booster club meeting last night. I was amazed see her out. They want to try to stay involved with their boys as much as she is able. She thanked all of us at the meeting for our assistance and she got emotional. She said it is the little things that people think of that keeps her going.
We should feel proud to have helped out such a loving family.
Patty B, Texas