This kid? He's amazing. He was a 7th grade cancer survivor when I shot this video,
and he has recently become the owner of a brand new heart!
That's right; the drugs required to save Zack's life damaged his heart so much that he needed a new one. What a tough kid. Inspired by Zach (and my Different Makers students) I have allowed my arm to be twisted to the point of agreeing to captain our school's Relay for Life team, and at the risk of giving stalkers way too much information, I'd like to invite you to please visit my donation page. The Difference Makers and I would appreciate it very much!
In a world aflame in need, I liken leading my Difference Makers to handling a powerful, out-of-control fire hose; their enthusiasm is unquenchable, their depth of compassion measureless. Those kids are so stinking cute. They latched onto the Relay for Life idea and wouldn't take "maybe" for an answer.
Mrs.4444! We could all pitch in with the work!
Mrs.4444! We could have a karate chop fundraiser--people could pay me to break boards!
Mrs.4444! I'll bake a cake for the cake walk!
Mrs.4444! Can I start making the posters?
(Yes, I do hear my name called over and over during our meetings; they are always clamoring to contribute ideas.)
Upon signing up on-line, the second bit of information we were asked to offer was our fund raising goal.
How much do you think we can come up with?" I asked (thinking $1000 might be reachable)
"E" chirped, "$5000!" She was serious. (Very serious.)
$5000? Are you kidding me?
I laughed out loud, but E was adamant. Her eyes twinkled. Her smile was set. The enthusiasm in the room was overwhelming. Finally, I convinced the kids to compromise at $3000. They already have a penny war and "hat day" planned. The band director just told me he'll dedicate the profits of a 50-50 raffle to our team if we sell the tickets at an upcoming concert. My own personal goal is to raise $400 towards the $3000.
If anyone can do this, it's the Difference Makers--They've dampened numerous fires already.
Life is worth the fight!
To make a donation to The Difference Makers Relay team and see their cute selves (parents gave consent) click on our team page or my individual page.