I learned yesterday that the CSC needs volunteers for their Holiday Homes fundraiser in early December. This is their final hurrah for 2018 and if you’re local and in a position to help, please sign up at this link: you will feel good about giving your time, I guarantee it, but don’t do it like I did for the PTA when Madison was in elementary school... I will find you!
Jan RN sent me a text last night: She was thinking about Madison and took a picture of the bracelet still on her wrist that Madison gave her for Christmas last year. Jan RN was Madison’s nurse, was at the Color Run cheering Madison on with her doctor, and Jan committed to doing it this year with me and other Madi-fan’s. While the Color Run was a year ago yesterday, it actually didn’t pan out this year. The website still has “November 2018, date TBD”, they didn’t respond to my emails, so I’m shifting in to plan-B for 2019 to see what I can get away with... it'll take 8-12 months to get those ducks in a row.
Last Thanksgiving Madison and her mom were dishing out food to some homeless people. It’s difficult not to reminisce thinking back about milestones, but so many of the memories make me so proud of Madison and that being just one of them. So if you live locally and you can spare one half of one day to help the CSC this season, please call them! They have several dates and time-blocks available and they need our help and again, don’t be me 15 years ago. Madison’s mom and I separated when she was five and we actually got along better than ever. Angela admitted to studying our relationship because she wanted to understand what she was getting in to. The PTA was looking for volunteers during school days, but moms and I worked full time. I did get some hardcopy volunteer forms, and signed up for being a classroom helper, study buddy, driver for field trips, snack mom, basically checking off ever box for every gap they had. That said, I put Colleen’s name and phone number down. Over the years Colleen mentioned to me that the PTA seems relentless finding volunteers. “Every year I explain that I can’t help during the day but they just keep calling!” I finally clued her in years later, that I checked all of the boxes but may have inadvertently put her name down. Colleen laughed harder than I did : - )
While most people work and can’t step away during the week, please consider filling a gap for the CSC’s final fundraiser of 2018. Even getting a brief four hour glimpse in to what they do for so many of us impacted by cancer, you’ll be amazed, inspired, and will feel good!
I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving, embrace and enjoy your friends and families, and have a nice long weekend.