With the first day of school just around the corner, another tragic event has befallen one of my students. This Sunday in my city, there are a couple of families who need your prayers.
A few days ago, 11-year-old G touched a power line with a metal pole. He was flown to Milwaukee Children's Hospital and is in good hands, but he is facing an extremely painful, long recovery, due to significant burns across his entire body, but especially his chest. G's sister tried to pull her brother to safety and was also hurt. She, too, is in the burn unit, being treated for numerous exit burns to her extremities, and is expected to be released in a couple of weeks.
My student, Brennan, who was hit by a car while riding his bike on a country road July 29th has miraculously fought back from near-certain death but still has a long, long road to go.
I am also very worried about the cousin (and next-door neighbor) of J and his sister, who also happens to be Brennan's best friend. JW has had a horrific August, to say the least. He, too, is suffering and will need a great deal of support this school year.
These kids and their families are going to need an incredible amount of support and prayers. Thanks for all of your care and prayers so far. Please keep 'em coming...
PLEASE--Wear a bike helmet, and make sure your child does, too. I have lately been stopping my car to talk to kids wearing helmets while bike riding (and those who are not). I'm going to get a reputation for being "That crazy lady who obsesses about bike helmets," and I'm okay with that.
Teach your child about the dangers of power lines, too, especially if you do not have any near your home (because you never know when they will come upon one, at a friend's house or elsewhere). A single conversation could save your child's life one day.