with Serious Illnesses
Super Baskets of Hope Project
Stories of HopeThese individuals have been touched by the kindness and generosity of the community of Basket of Hope givers. In their times of struggle the encouraging contents of these baskets and the human touch of volunteers have helped them endure.
Dear Basket of Hope:I live in Tularosa New Mexico and have three children still living at home. One of my daughters was born with cerebral palsy and has always had a lot of medical problems which we have always dealt with and she lives a relatively normal life. My youngest son has always been healthy and is 11 years old. He played PeeWee football for two years and moved up to Youth League this past fall. He got hit in the leg one day by a helmet during practice and his leg hurt. I did all the mom things, ice, rest, and self diagnosed him with shin splints. He wanted to finish the season so I bought him a shin splint brace to wear for the rest of the season. Sure enough when the season was over his leg appeared to get better. However on Thanksgiving weekend he bumped it on the console of a truck and the symptoms were back and the pain a lot worse. I took him to the doctor and from there we have progressed to a diagnosis of Ewing Sarcoma. A rare childhood cancer of the bone. In his case the tumor is located in his tibia and the cancer cells are also in his bone marrow. He began cancer treatment at the UNM Children's hospital in Albuquerque, NM which is about 200 miles from here. These treatments will last about 40 weeks and there may be an aggressive surgery to take out his tibia bone and replace it with a donor bone or a metal rod.
I tell you that long story to tell you this.
During his last hospital stay, we were the recipients of a "Basket of Hope". We had never heard of the program. As I said we are from a small town in New Mexico. Inside we found lots of inspirational books and music, a prayer journal, and your book Quiet Strength. Having lots of time in the hospital and being a huge fan of God and his marvelous works, I immediately began reading your book. I am almost finished with it and I couldn't help but notice your basket of hope picture in the book.
I wanted you to know how much it meant to us that this program exists and to tell you how much I enjoyed Quiet Strength.
I think you and your family are an amazing example of why God put us here in the first place.
Thank you for all you do.
Dear Basket of Hope:
I would like to take this time to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart for the basket that my son has received from all of you. It means a lot to have someone out there care for people whom you don't even know. Everything that was in the basket was great. You are doing a great job and I pray that everything goes great for you. I may not know who all helped with the basket but I know for sure that God does. May God give you a hundred fold back for what you have done and are doing.
Delivered to Karson from Ft. Wayne, IN
Hobbies: Thomas the Tank Engine, Sports, Drawing, Books, Singing
Enjoys: Puzzles, Swimming, Playing with his little friends, cooking with Mommy, playing "fumble" with Daddy
Favorite Foods: Chicken and "roni" (macaroni)
Favorite Songs: This is the Day, Veggie Tales
Favorite Teams: Notre Dame Football, L.A. Dodgers, Indianapolis Colts
Best Buddies: Mommy and Daddy
Diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL) on February 9th, 2007
Dear Basket of Hope:We really appreciate the basket of hope you gave our son. May the Lord be with all the volunteers and individuals who would make this possible. Having my husband in Iraq and being far from home he’s glad to know there are still individuals who are caring and willing to help others in need. Thank you for the basket, it really puts hope in someone's life. Thank you once again.
Thank all of you for taking the time to pray for these children and their families it makes a difference.