Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
1st place winner: Nicole of Ohio offers hands to children and families in need
1st place winner of the Do A Good Deed Contest
Prize: New laptop computer
I guess I wouldn’t really consider what I do a “good deed” but more of a personal fulfillment. My sister passed away on April 29, 2006 after battling a rare form of childhood cancer. She was only 12 at the time and also my best friend. I really didn’t know how to express my feelings during her illness and after her death so I started helping my mom out.
One of my sister’s dreams was to not only beat the cancer but to help other families that went through what we did so my mom started a non profit organization that same year to do just that. Even though I was still angry that she died, I found out that helping others made me feel better. We put on benefits each year to aid specific families, chosen by Akron Children’s Hospital, with their financial burdens. I attend the “Cassidy’s Hope Run” each year that does this. I work from 8:00 a.m. until the event is over, around 6-7 p.m. I work the raffle tables, sell the 50/50 tickets, help with the food and whatever else they need me to do. It’s a lot of work but we also have fun doing it. We then donate all the proceeds to the chosen family(s).
In the winter, the foundation has another benefit for the organization and I also work that as well. During the year, my mom buys or we make gifts for the kids being treated for cancer at Akron Children’s Hospital four times a year. Sometimes we shop together and I give her ideas of what to buy. We also make homemade items such as scarves in the winter.
Another thing we do to help families is each time we hear of a kid with cancer, we send the family a package of stuff like gas cards, grocery cards, and other gift cards for them to use. We also started paying utilities for families really needing it. I believe in some small way – we are making a difference and I’m a part of it. I hope as I get older, my responsiblities will grow. Though I started doing this work in memory of my sister – I’m also helping a lot more families and bringing smiles to a lot of other kids. My mom said that hopefully, when she gets too old – I will be the foundation’s president. I feel that whatever happens in my life, I’ll always be there to help someone else.