The story of a promise...

On February 1st, I made a promise to 20 children who have been diagnosed with cancer. I sent 20 promise cards to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. I included an extra card for a staff member named Kelly.

The story of a promise...

Candlelighters organized a speaking event because they wanted me to tell the kids in person that they were going to Disneyland. On March 21st, I flew from Cleveland to Las Vegas to deliver the tickets and get my promise cards back.

The story of a promise...

I didn't raise enough money for 20 tickets… WE raised enough money for 100 tickets to Disneyland. On February 28th, a post about my promise to these children made it to the front page of Reddit.com. It is the generosity of the Reddit community that made this possible.

The story of a promise...

Most Redditors were very supportive of my efforts, but in the wonderful place we call “the internet” you can find a critic or two. This comment really got to me…

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But you know what, he has a point. I benefit from the love of the Reddit community and all my other supporters…but I WILL NOT have those children and their families believe for one second that my heart isn't behind Candlelighters and all that they do…

The story of a promise...

And that is why I made a personal cash donation of $2,500 from my own savings account. This final donation allowed us to meet and surpass the 100 ticket amount. I asked that the extra money beyond 100 tickets be used for ice cream, Mickey Mouse hats or whatever else the kids may want.

The story of a promise...

I wish you all could have met these kids. For everyone who donated, I wish you could have felt every hug they gave me. Their strength and love would bring you to tears. I watched my father suffer through chemotherapy. I held his hand as he passed away. No child should have to take that journey.

I hope this trip to Disneyland can bring some happiness into their lives. They seemed awfully excited 🙂

http://www.candlelightersnv.org/donate.asp
http://www.facebook.com/becauseisaidiwould
http://www.becauseisaidiwould.com/requestcards

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