Every Effort MattersJune 28, 2012 by Victoria
Children helping children is one of those things that never ceases to fill up our "gratitude" jar and always reminds us of the good in the world. This summer we've had quite a few little ones doing really awesome things.
This is sweet Colin. At only four-years-old he's already a philanthropist. Colin and Gwendolyn go way back... to the womb. As soon-to-be parents, Bill and I were in the same birthing class with Colin's parents, Shannon and Dave Miles. We all excitedly met weekly as our impending due dates grew nearer. Shannon and I sat (uncomfortably) on the floor with our enormous Buddha bellies, while our sweet husbands proudly prepared to play coach as we discussed breathing techniques, birth plans, breast feeding... Colin and Gwendolyn were born just days apart.
The Miles family has since moved to Idaho but we still keep up with each other and sweet, sweet Colin still asks to see photos of Gwendolyn. Recently, Colin asked more questions as Shannon clicked through photos of Gwendolyn and others with SMA on our Facebook fan page. They talked about Project Mariposa and how the iPad helps those with SMA communicate, learn and work. For weeks Colin had been asking his mom if he could hold a lemonade stand so he could buy a new toy. But all on is own he decided, "Hey mom, I have a GREAT idea! When I have my lemonade stand I can send all the money to Gwendolyn and her friends so someone can get an iPad!" And so he did!
Absolutely incredible. What a meaningful lesson Colin has just learned about giving. What a selfless act for someone so very young. And what awesome parents for fostering positive discussions about difference and how we can each help one another!
In Ohio, the Davidson family once again organized "Cans For A Cure." For months darling little Kendall (age 4), Taylor (age 9) and Logan (age 11) have been collecting cans to recycle so they could donate the earnings to help change SMA. They filled bags and bags full and were so proud to take their loot into the recycling center knowing they were helping the earth and the #1 genetic killer of babies -- a win/win! We absolutely love that this was all their own effort. They gave each person at the recycling center theGSF's SMA info card and bracelet and told them about what they were doing and why. One person at a time! The recycling center remembered them from last year -- who could forget such kind children!
It is no surprise Kendall, Taylor, and Logan are already so enthusiastic about philanthropy. Their awesome mom, owner of Beb-e-ssentials, has been an amazing role model in generosity and showing that one person can make a big difference. Penny and her store has donated thousands by selling darling crocheted hair clips and hats and by getting new people involved... literally telling everyone she comes into contact with about this brutal disease. And now Kendall, Taylor, and Logan have followed in her mindful footsteps -- even recruiting their neighborhood friends to join in on the can collecting for an additional collection this summer. And we are so very grateful!
Every single effort matters! The majority of our donations come from sweet families and individual efforts just like these. YOU can make a difference too. Host your own fundraiser this summer and help us grow theGSF programs so we can help even more people and continue to push research forward. Absolutely anything can become a fundraiser. Since our inception our supporters have planned everything from garage sales to pub crawls, golf tournaments to wine tasting events, bowl-a-thons to bake sales, running in races to shaving their heads – and they have had fun in the process because doing something good feels good!
Thank you Miles and Davidson families for creating change!