Tuesday, September 20, 2011

on my heart

You may remember last year, when Team Bella was formed to walk for Bella Ringgold in the CHOC Walk. You may also remember that Bella passed away days before the walk, and we walked in her memory, raising about $4,000 together! This year, we again will walk together to celebrate Bella's life, and at the same time, raise money for CHOC.

However, something has come up.
I am still very much 110% Team Bella.
And I am 200% dedicated to walking next month.
But...now, I have another friend to walk for.
His name is Jamal. He started Kindergarten in my class on August 29th.
He turned 5 a week later.
And, a week after that, he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle.
And, last night, he was transferred to CHOC.
Right down the street from me.
While he is off all pain meds, and breathing tubes, and his bright brown eyes are wide open, Jamal is still unresponsive.
His family, including 4 other brothers, remains faithFUL.

I have always written that we have always felt so blessed
to have never "needed" CHOC for our own 2 kids. We have been so very lucky.
But, now, one of my "kids" is there...
and for that reason, I am encouraged to walk even more.
If you would like to support me in the walk,
you can join Team Bella...
or you can donate directly to my walk page.

I am so thankful for all have you that have donated in the past...
Thank you for helping me in this cause. It's very close to my heart.

I took this photo yesterday, as I left....
next time I visit him, he will be at CHOC.

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