Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Anything For A Friend Event
Not sure how to begin to describe the two young men who have touched my heart in such a profound way that I struggle to contain the emotion when their faces flit through my mind's eye.
Tyler, who came to the event, became ill, went home to take some medicine, and returned to be there. As I introduced him and acknowledged the goodness of his heart, he turned his head into my shoulder and began to cry. Tyler is 14 and cancer is ravaging his young body. The love I felt from such a young person battling such a deadly battle is now permanently etched in my heart. Follow Tyler's story at http://fight2thefinish.com/todays-tender-mercy/
Then there is my sweet Dylan who is the 9 yr old son of one of my 'other daughters' who is fighting a losing battle with brain cancer. His time here on this earth is short and he seems determined to fill it helping others in spite of his physical limitations and ailments. Dylan was there at the event, money in hand to contribute. Dylan won a raffle item...a large stuffed animal and when his name was read as the winner, I couldn't have been happier. That happiness quickly turned to tender awe as I watched him being pushed in his wheelchair to Samantha...a little 6 yr old also battling cancer. Without hesitation, he gave her his winnings and watched as she hugged it close. He returned home and spent the next week putting together a lemonade stand and bake sale to make money for his new friend Tyler. He was successful beyond measure. Love always prevails...even if it is for someone you just met. Dylan's life is the ultimate measure of that. http://www.dylandshaw.blogspot.com/