Flashback to today last year when we held our Gala Dinner Fundraiser! Due to COVID-19, this fundraiser, as well as many others, have been cancelled this year. We have many ways you can help that won't even cost you anything!
A story of a chronic illness warrior! Sydney, like many others struggles with chronic illness daily.
"My name is Sydney and I am 15 years old from Central New Jersey. I was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) in January 2020. At the time, I wasn’t quite sure what that meant, but no one else around me felt the same way I did. I was passing out frequently and had severe head and stomach ache. Being a student athlete, it was difficult to get through most days. I was extremely fatigued most days and my teachers and peers didn’t really understand why, which was so frustrating for me. For the past couple months, I have found other teens who feel the same as me. The best advice I can give to someone who is struggling with POTS is know that you are not alone and your symptoms and pain are real and valid!"
Does volunteer work actually make you happy? "People who volunteer actually experience a boost in their mental health." Helping others is an easy way to help yourself too!
Vacations, parties, school, concerts... Just to name a few of the many engagements you may have had cancelled the past few months. Many have the hope that things will go back to normal soon, but this is what everyday looks like for a chronically ill child. Never take for granted the simple blessings in life!
Special package arrived! This loveable little girl has dreams to be the next Darci Lynne one day. She loves her new ventriloquist puppets and art supplies. River is such a strong girl with hopes and dreams for the future! She is a joy to be around and brings a smile to everyone's face. Stay strong and dream big River!