Project Parent. A program in which parents of terminally ill children will be financially sponsored with a paid day(s) off of work to spend quality time with their child unburdened by the loss of income for the day.
Hello believers in possibility! I was recently inspired by an old friend to create a new project of possibility. While we are honoring some special people at our Annual Bowties and Butterflies event this year, I’d also like to introduce a new special Project of Possibility into our ever expanding focus of creating waves of kindness that ripple through humanity making this world a kinder place.
I walked into a familiar restaurant a couple months back and as I walked towards my table I could faintly hear someone calling my name. I took a quick glance and didn’t see anyone I recognized right off so I continued on, figuring if someone was calling out, they would come to my table. I got closer to my table and the sound of my name got louder, I looked and in the booth adjacent to mine sat an old friend, a friend who had shared some impactful experiences over time with our beautiful children and had followed my journey with Zachary. She expressed how she had me on her mind so much and as I looked at her I could tell there was something there, something different, something telling that wasn’t being told. We chatted for a few minutes and then she shared…her daughter had leukemia and was currently in the hospital. I offered my heart to her, I offered an ear, I offered company, I offered support in their healing journey.
I reached out to her several times over the next week or so and then suggested we meet for coffee. Her response triggered a reaction of thought and inspired me to create this new project of possibility. You see when I invited her for coffee, she replied that “believe it or not I am still working”. I looked back over my journey with Zachary and the gratitude that I held for being present with him through his entire journey came flooding back. We never left Zachary for a moment, he was connected with family his entire journey, every moment and every breath he was in the company of loving family. I only left his side so that his dad and siblings could have some personal time with him as well.
As I contemplated her situation, I had conversation with others and the reality started to sink in that children with terminal illnesses were separated from their families so parents could continue to work, so the bills could be paid, food be put on the table and the increased burden of medical/healing expenses could be covered all the while the most important aspect of life that was left, the gift of spending time with their child was passing by. An ever shrinking number of treasured moments available to spend with a child who would soon be passing, were disappearing never to be reclaimed.
Place of Possibility has created Project Parent. A program in which parents of terminally ill children will be financially sponsored with a paid day(s) off of work to spend quality time with their child unburdened by the loss of income for the day.
To sponsor a parent: Select Project Parent when following this link to our donation page.