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.
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.
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.
Most Redditors were very supportive of my efforts, but in the wonderful place we call â€œthe internetâ€ you can find a critic or two. This comment really got to me…
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…
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.
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 🙂
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