While we rush around, doing our last-minute shopping, it’s easy to get lost in the rush. This time of year is about family and friends and being thankful for everything you’ve been blessed with. Regardless of what holiday you’re celebrating this season, take some time to think about what matters most to you.
As you finish your wrapping and cooking and cleaning, please also think about the people who aren’t as fortunate as you are today. There are families- right this very second- who are standing by a loved one and hoping that they won’t die tonight. A little girl in Pennsylvania is fighting a battle with leukemia- and losing. An infant girl in Washington is going to be taken off ECMO to see if her body can fight for itself. And some parents will be leaving the hospital to come home… without their child.
It’s hard to think about having to deal with any of these things. It would be really nice if everyone could be with their families and open presents and watch their kids light up with excitement- but that won’t happen for everyone.
Be thankful for your family, your health, and your friends- because you never know what tomorrow could bring. And when you hear about the families who feel like they have nothing to celebrate this holiday season, don’t stop listening to their stories- instead, DO something. Sign up to donate blood. Volunteer at a local shelter. Donate toys and crayons and coloring books to your local children’s hospital. Participate in a fundraising activity to raise awareness of that disease. Make a donation to research in that child’s honor. DO something!
While research has certainly given us countless medical advances over the last several decades, we still have a long way to go. Until everyone can be home for the holidays with their healthy, happy loved ones, we still have a long way to go.
Happy holidays- and I hope that you are able to find happiness, hope, and peace this holiday season.