The fact remains that, since her January 2014 leukemia diagnosis, Paige has missed out on things many young ladies her age take for granted. Hanging out with friends. Opening night of a favorite movie. Shopping at the mall. Children and young adults going through cancer treatments are many times too ill--or their immune systems are simply not strong enough--to participate in activities with their peers. Crowds--and the germs they contain--pose threats healthy people can't begin to understand. When the slightest temperature lands you in the hospital for at least 3 days, it becomes something you just don't want to chance. Movies are viewed at home--or in the theater at off-peak times. Same with shopping--I can't tell you how many times Paige and I scheduled our quick outings to make sure we were in and out before the crowds hit.
Even though entertainment and outing times found her joined at the hip with good old Mom, Paige always managed to see the best in the situation. Late morning movies sometimes meant we had the whole place to ourselves. Some days just getting out of the house was a blessing in and of itself. When you're cooped up for days on end, a simple ride to Sonic can be an adventure. And then--out of the blue one day--there's sunshine. The Sunshine Kids Foundation, to be exact.
|A joyful heart is good |
Acceptance. Friendship. Joyful hearts. Who doesn't need a little sunshine in their life? These amazing kids deserve nothing less.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing... Romans 15:13