Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of my granddaughter's transplant and I am thankful that I am able to say that she continues to do well. She is a very active and happy little girl who no longer even cries during her weekly blood draws. Instead, she just offers up her little arm as if to say . . . "I know it won't do me any good to cry. So, let's just get this over so we can move on to me being rewarded with a lollipop".
To celebrate the anniversary, my daughter wanted to provide a meal at the Ronald McDonald House at Riley. When she first told me of her plans and asked for my assistance, my reply was . . . "can't we just give a donation instead?". The thought of preparing all that food and transporting it from Fort Wayne to Indy seemed daunting to me.
While we were there, I spent much of my time visiting with the families who had come to dine and asking if they would like to share the story of their loved one who was a patient at Riley. There wasn't a single person who turned down my invitation.
To the contrary, most seemed eager to have a listening ear. Consequently, I heard stories ranging from the premature baby who was struggling to live to the 14-year old battling cancer. In return, I was able to give them a story of hope by introducing my granddaughter and sharing her story.
Fortunately, my daughter didn't listen to me when I asked about giving a donation instead because my day reminded me of what this thread is all about . . . giving support to others.
So, I want to express my gratitude to all of you who have given your support to me and others in this thread with your kind comments and, yes, even your "likes". While those "likes may not seem like much to those giving them, they are to the person receiving them because it means that you cared enough to read what was posted. Those "likes" take the form of a virtual hug.