For those of us involved in childhood cancer charity work, our requests are many. We have so very many prayers, so many needs, so many pleas. We pray for steady hands and wisdom for surgeons and doctors. We hope for innovation and breakthroughs in medical science. We beg that scans be clear. We lift up names of little ones in hopes they will tolerate treatments with less side effects. We plead comfort and peace in decision making for parents. We ask for more time and less pain. In the midst of all this, we pray the biggest prayer of all: Please God, bring the miracle. Please, bring the cure.
And as I pray these big prayers, He points me to seek out His people. We, at Kyle's Kamp, ask a lot of these people. We reach out to friends and family members, to neighbors and business leaders. We can be persistent, relentless and perhaps a little annoying. We send letters, texts and emails. We post on Facebook and Twitter. We hold lunch strategy sessions and committee meetings.
We need help. We need volunteers. We need money. We need the people.
And frankly, sometimes all of us get caught up in the needs of the daunting circumstances we find in this work. But as we move closer to Thanksgiving we are called to give thanks in all circumstances. While certainly there is much we still want in our fight against childhood cancer, we are even more certain that the victories we have seen this year in our organization prove that there is much we have been given. While the circumstances of childhood cancer are brutal, we are able to recognize many blessings. These blessings are the ordinary men, women and children in our community who do extraordinary things by giving generously, abundantly, and graciously for children that are not their own.
Kyle's Kamp would like to thank the following people for their work to help answer the pleas and requests of our organization.
Dr. Zach Casagrande, Northern Virginia Orthodontics
Westfields Business Owners Association
The Lombardozzi Family
National Rifle Association
Southwestern Youth Association
Chantilly Youth Association
The Washington Nationals
Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League
Glory Days Grill - Stone Ridge
On behalf of all children fighting cancer and their families, Kyle's Kamp would like to wish all of our volunteers and sponsors a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are enormously grateful for your generous and selfless hearts.
Jenn Skinner is a Christian and a Texan(Texas Longhorn to be specific!) living in beautiful Virginia with her very patient and funny husband and her 3 very impatient and funny little boys/ball players, She joined the fight against Pediatric Cancer with Kyle's Kamp in 2013. She also writes about just about everything and nothing and the ridiculously abundant life God has gifted her at her blog, The View From Behind Home Plate