Just wanted to send out a reminder about the Extra Life Charity Game-athon I’ll be participating in October 20th. My goal is a paltry $200, but I’m still a couple donations away. Feel free to share this post on your Facebook wall, e-mail the link, tweet it or whatever! I received this e-mail recently and thought I’d pass it along to those of you who want to know more about what it’s really about.
“I just had the best week, and I wanted to share some of it with you.
Each year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals selects a Champion from each of the 50 states and all Canadian Provinces, and Delta Airlines flies them all to Washington D.C. to meet the president and then to Orlando for “Celebration”.
These are kids who have been through things that most of us cannot imagine, but have emerged on the other side of their medical challenges with a winning spirit and an infectious enthusiasm for life.
As part of that Celebration each of these amazing kids are presented with a medal at a ceremony attended by THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of people. We are talking standing room only!
This year’s event was hosted by Nick Cannon and Jordan Sparks. As a member of the CMN Hospitals staff, we all wear a lot of hats, and this year I somehow ended with the “Alphabetize all of the kids for their medals” hat.
I’d wear that hat again for sure.
As I was helping these kids who ranged in age from 3 to 16 years old get ready it occurred to me that by any measure, many of these kids shouldn’t be here with us any more.
But they are.
They are alive and they are healthy, and their moms and dads are getting to celebrate birthday after birthday with their precious kids…
They are getting to do that because of you.
Because you didn’t sit idly by and let other people fill the world up with good.
Because you decided to matter in the lives of kids who live right down the street, in your town.
Because you cared.
Thank you for Sydnie, and Sim, and Kayla, and all of the new friends that I got to meet last week.
I can’t turn on a TV anymore without seeing things with the words “Brought to you by” followed by the name of a yogurt or chemical company.
But as I played with the kids, and then watched through relentless tears as they ran (YES RAN!) on stage to receive their medals, I realized that this experience was “Brought to you by….”
Thanks for that.
We are just a few weeks removed from our 5th annual Extra Life event on October 20th. Please remember that each dollar you raise is another important raindrop in thunderstorm of hope that is brewing for sick and injured kids. Please don’t let the satisfaction of reaching your fundraising goal deter you from raising it, meeting it again, and raising it again
There isn’t one minute of one day to waste… not when the stakes are so high.
Talk to you in a few days…
Jeromy Adams (Doc) @docadams
Team Extra Life @ExtraLife4Kids
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals @cmnhospitals”