Thursday, December 10, 2009

Heart of gold

First with some housekeeping: I have bought my own domain name. I am moving from http://letshaveacocktail.blogspot.com to http://www.letshaveacocktail.com/Please update your bookmarks or readers. For those of my fine bloggy friends who have me listed on your blogrolls, I have been advised to ask you to update the link. The transition should be final in the next few days. Everyone who uses the blogspot address will be rerouted when the transition is final but it will not update your blogrolls. Sorry for the chore! 

Now, for the good stuff. I love to come across a laudable article that weighs against most of the austere components that make up your average daily news. Sometimes a spoonful of such sugar is exactly what we need.

I read an article from the Vail Daily News about a cancer survivor who opted to fund a support dog for another cancer victim. What makes this article even more compelling is the cancer survivor is only 9 years old. The second cancer patient is only 2 years old.

After two years of surgery, chemotherapy and treatment for a brain tumor, 9-year-old Allison Winn wanted other kids with cancer to have a companion dog like hers. So when she regained her strength,Allison initiated a fundraising campaign to pay for feeding and training of companion dogs for other kids diagnosed with cancer.

Allison's idea was to bake homemade dog biscuits and sell them by the thousands at a lemonade stand in front of her house or a store. At the same time Allison was baking dog biscuits, Shanell Mullen, began noticing odd behavior in her daughter. When they went in to have her eyesight checked, other signs led them to an oncologist. Diagnosis:  brain cancer. This tiny girl had a tumor the size of a golf ball removed this past summer.

And recently, Allison watched as 2-year-old cancer survivor Krysta caressed the nose of Lucky Bug, a gentle black Labrador, her new companion dog.

Allison earned about $1,000 over the summer, enough to buy Lucky Bug and two other dogs she can give to other cancer-stricken kids. She's also planning a new dog biscuit-making campaign.

I love that children can learn compassion, and kindness, and philanthropy at this young age. I can't imagine what a parent would experience hearing their child has cancer, and I hope I never do. Bravo to you Allison for demonstrating what it is like to be graceful and loving in spite of your own adverse circumstances. Love your giant heart.

66 comments:

My name is PJ. said...

It was more than a spoonful of sugar or me. Lately my friends and family have been clobbered by the wicked C, zapping the wind from my sails.

This morning,I'm treasuring this single moment when I've been once again able to sail along effortlessly.

Thanks, Allison; I don't know you, but I love you beyond words.

Thanks, JM!

the walking man said...

It is this story retold a hundred different ways played out in a thousand different communities that actually give this ranting old cynic some hope.

mo.stoneskin said...

Deeply moved.

And I'll update my blog list ;)

Slamdunk said...

What a wonderful way give to others--thanks for sharing.

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

It's wonderful to hear that stories like that are in the news! What an amazing little girl.

Joshua said...

JM,

This is fantastic. Combined with the one I put up yesterday and the one Travis put up earlier in the week, I have hope that the future won't be quite so dark.

-Joshua

BigSis said...

I love stories like this. It's a welcome break from the other insanity in the news! (Yes, I live near Woodbridge, VA)

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is a beautiful story. I just love how small children have a way of seeing through all the crap in life and can focus on the important stuff. It is when we get older and 'tainted' that this sometimes gets harder.
congrats on your domain. As Steve Martin (in 'The JERK') would say: "Now I am someone!!!)

Laura Trevey said...

congrats on your domain name!!

xoxo Laura

Candice said...

Children are amazing. Allison, you ROCK!

ShellSpann said...

That's a really awesome story :) Thank you for sharing it!!

The Peach Tart said...

Allison is obviously an angel on earth. Bless her heart.

Poindexter said...

Allison is an amazing source of inspiration! Thank you for sharing. I just had to tweet it.

Menopausal New Mom said...

What an inspiration! Wonderful old soul wrapped up in that darling little girl. Thanks for sharing.

Helena Halme said...

What a wonderful tale. there is hope after all.

Helena xx

PS. Can I ask you why you've moved away from blogspot? The renewal for my site name is up again and am thinking of doing the same but can't see the benefits. Or am I having another blonde moment?

Eva Gallant said...

what a lovely story!

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

Kids like this give you hope for the next generation.

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Thanks for posting a positive, uplifting story. It seems everyone around me lately is Debbie Downer and Cathy Complainer. We need to realize how good we have it!

Congrats on your own domain name! You're moving up in this world! I know we'll see your name on Hollywood soon enough! ;-)

M@ said...

you'll be so much happier on your own domain, but are you moving to your own host, or keeping it where it is?

Wordpress has been nothing but awesome for me. Just my .02$

Emily said...

Children are so compassionate. What a touching story.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

What a moving story.

And will update...

Intense Guy said...

Beautiful little girl - inside and out - and I hope she grows up to live a full, healthy and happy life.

Too Many Hats said...

What an amazing little girl! That's the kind of news I like to hear.

ellen abbott said...

children are amazing.

Badass Geek said...

Amazing what we can learn from children, isn't it?

Heather@WHMB said...

Yes, BRAVO!!! I love that story, kids are so full of what we all need.

Becky the Sign Lady said...

Thanks for a warm start to such a chilly morning.

That One Mom said...

Seeing so many self-absorbed, ungrateful kids daily (yes, I mean mine...) it warms my heart to hear about a child doing for another. And in such a huge way!

confused homemaker said...

Sometimes kids show us adults how to be truly giving.

And congrats JennyMac on the move :D

Herding Cats said...

What an amazing story! Thanks for posting it....it gives me some hope for future generations

Michele R said...

In our world now of educating children all the same way, I absolutely love hearing stories like this of being an entrepreneur and a doer.

Barbaloot said...

My reader is officially updated:)

nifer said...

I am blessed to know a four-year-old boy who is currently battling stage 4 neuroblastoma (a severe form of child cancer). He is the same way. He is so upbeat, always smiling, rarely complaining, a fantastic big brother to his newborn sibling and an inspiration to all who know him. He is learning some very adult lessons way too early in life, but he is managing it with such grace and bravery.

For some reason, I think God strengthens children burdened with such pain; it's almost like they become little angels on earth. This little girl is the perfect example of that, and she is spreading it to all her know her, as well as that two-year-old and everyone who knows him.

Amazing.

~ Jen

Tom Bailey said...

I love to hear stories like this they are so inspiring they really open up my thinking to "what is possible". If a kid can _______ then what can I do? If somone with so little can do _____ and I have been so blessed what can I do?

If the campaign is done online by all means please let me know.

Kindest regards,
Tom Bailey

Kris said...

great great story!

Vodka Logic said...

what a truly uplifting story. Just what the world needs now.
thanks

Nonflammable said...

Every morning, before I turn on CNN or Bloomberg, I read JennyMac.

A great way to start my day.

Merci beaucoup!

Heartwarming post!

Erin said...

Such an amazing & inspiring story. Thank you for sharing it. I only hope I am instilling such generosity and thoughtfulness in my own children. What an incredible gift....

Congratulations on your move/new domain name! I will change your URL on my blogroll!

blueviolet said...

What a truly generous spirit she has! I love when Ellen has children like that on her show!

Jen said...

I come here to read stories just like this :) - and the one below. Good stuff.

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

That touches my heart and warms my soul! We could use a million more Allison's in this world!

Love and hugs,
Karyn

CRY said...

I wish as children grow into adults that they would take the heart they once had to forgive easy,love easy,make friends with anyone. As adults we tend to let all that go. As for me I try to still be that way and many think it so odd.Its a shame. I teach my daughter to do the same.

Heather said...

Love this story, amazing for a young child to give soo much.

Congrats on your website.

Janet said...

What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing. And congratulations on your new domain name!

Jen said...

What a great story!

JenJen said...

The purity of these children is overwhelming. Not poisoned yet by greed and stuff...

Geez Louise♥ said...

I love the unconditional kindness in a childs heart. This story just warms my heart. I am so happy to be reading your post again! I have missed you Jenny Mac! I will most def be updating you on my blog roll lady!!

XO

J.J. in L.A. said...

Aww, how sweet is she??? If only every kid could be like her!

Mrs Montoya said...

Extraordinary in every way.

Mommy Lisa said...

I love it - and oh yeah...clicking a few times and copying and pasting.

You owe me 45 seconds!!! ;)

Simply Mel said...

May goodness, peace and happiness forever shine upon this sweet angel!

Bird Shit and Baby Caca said...

That actually warmed my cold evil heart!

mbkatc230 said...

This is such a heartwarming story. I'm the practice manager for a veterinary clinic, and I know firsthand what a faithful, furry companion can mean to those going through rough times. Bless this child, she is truly an angel. Kathy

M-Cat said...

Best story of the DAY!

shortmama said...

That is so heart warming!

Tracey said...

Very sweet story. I'll be following you where ever you go, JennyMac!

Hugs!!
Green-Eyed Momster

Corrie Howe said...

This is a heart warming story. It is inspirational that someone so young can be so selfless.

Baloney said...

Stories like this melt your heart. Faith in humanity restored. If she ever gets a website, I want that address!
I will update the ol' blogroll.

kys said...

That beautiful story warms my Grinchy heart.

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman said...

And now I am crying. Darn you, JennyMac, darn you ... what a touching story. (must go get tissues now).

Laoch of Chicago said...

Nice post.

Kato said...

It is so humbling to read a story like this, especially at this time of year. So many people are consumed with the holidays and presents and buying, when there are people out there truly suffering yet their hearts are so big they cannot be contained.

That little girl opened up the hearts of many today through reading this post.

Thank you JennyMac, my day wouldn't be complete without a dose of your blog! I am a hooked and loyal follower :)

HalfAsstic.com said...

Bless her heart, indeed! What a wonderful example of what a child can do to make a difference.

Life with Kaishon said...

That is a beautiful story! Very beautiful!

the wild raspberry said...

what a touching story.

Tsquared417 said...

This is a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing!