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Acts of Kindness: Santa Barbara Friends

July 26, 2009 by Victoria Strong

We have posted about the wonderful people we know in Santa Barbara before (1,2, 3...) but we are truly, truly fortunate and continually astounded by the kindness and support we receive.

Over the last nearly two years, a core group of Santa Barbara families have made a substantial difference in our lives. We met these remarkable families through the local parenting group PEP and after we were first hospitalized they have continually made concerted efforts to help and be there for us. They have sent emails of support and encouragement. They have consistently provided us delicious meals with so much thought and care. They have campaigned to see the SMA Treatment Acceleration Act passed, literally standing on the street collecting signatures for the petition, hosting booths at community events, and emailing every person they know. They have thought of avenues to explore, people to contact, media connections to pursue, and fundraising ideas to help with. They have generously supported our every effort. They have wholeheartedly welcomed us into their lives and invested their time and energy into our family...and our sweet Gwendolyn. And they have been simply amazing friends. (Oh, and as a topper -- they are smart, funny, interesting and always so much fun!)

Because of them and their generosity, Bill and I have been able to catch our breath and get to the place we are now. We feel supported and encouraged. We feel understood and embraced. And most importantly, we feel our little girl has a team of friends who are willing to do almost anything for her.

Today we experienced their latest endeavor. Just when we were feeling our bluest about our fun trip coming to an end, I received an email telling us about the Welcome Home party our wonderful Santa Barbara friends had in mind. It totally lifted our spirits and made us remember how great it is to be home. That party was today and we had so much fun seeing them, seeing their babies, and catching up on the summer fun. And Gwendolyn had a blast, too!

Thank you so, so much for such a wonderful welcome home and for making a difference in our lives.

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