You know, I really have to admit something. Before Carter was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, we were clueless. We were not only clueless about CF, but clueless about any of the health struggles that other families face. I guess we had the "it'll never happen to us" mentality that just totally blocks out the heart wrenching desire to help. We just went about our busy life feeling bad for those with problems, donating to charities here and there of course, but without much compassion. My husband, Dave, and I have talked about this several times since our journey with CF began. It actually fills us with shame. Things have changed so much since then! If we hear of any health issues with children especially...it is tough to keep the tears from flowing for them. We now feel desire to be involved and make a difference. When we donate to causes now, we do it because we really feel that it is important and want to help, not because we feel obligated. Yes, our focus, is on CF. But our hearts are now with every child who has battles to face, that keep them from having the simple life that a child should. It is just so sad that it took us so long to open our hearts.
Now, with all of that said, I really want to tell you about a wonderful person who blessed us this past weekend. Last May, we participated in our third annual Great Strides walk for CF. It was an amazing success, with our team doing an outstanding job raising about $24,000! We were fortunate enough to be able to offer a great prize of a helicopter ride from Delta Helicopters to the two team members who raised the most money. The two that raised the most, were one of Carter's little friends, Kailey (and her family), as well as a friend from our church, Colleen. The helicopter ride was scheduled for this past Sunday. However, when I was trying to arrange the time with Colleen....she turned the tables on us. She was adament that our son, Carter, should go in her place! We've come to see what a super special person that Colleen is. She is constantly helping, constantly giving, and she truely cares from her heart. Thank you so much Colleen for donating this ride back to our son. You can see in his face in the pictures below, the joy that it gave him, and for that we are extremely grateful.
Some people really know how to give! We are so grateful to our team and for everyone who supports CF, and for everyone who has gone out of their way to give us support. Thank you once again to Colleen, to the Metlin's, and a huge thank you for the wonderful ride to Delta Helicopters. You are all the best!