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Pearls of Wisdom and Rusty Gates

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“Make that change” ~ Michael Jackson

It makes me wonder. I wonder why humans spend enormous amounts of time focusing on what we are getting or not getting—instead of examining what we are giving or not giving.

I wonder where and when, “Me, me, me!” became the rule rather than the exception.

Would you like to know about the glaring exceptions to this dreaded state? I see exceptions everywhere I look in the world of childhood cancer. I see Mr. Tom Nunn ready to tattoo his head to raise money to fight childhood cancer and I see his wife, Jodie, prepared to shave her head. I see their sweet daughter, Lilly—at ten— willing to shave her head too. Not only do they do all of this, but they collect cans, have bake sales, hold continuous online auctions, and also collect gold items and old electronics. All of the money they raise goes straight to St. Baldrick’s. In all that they do, I feel their love for Max. I love how they have chosen to honor their love for him by diving head first into the water to help other children.

In addition to Lilly Nunn, there are more children who have received and processed “The Pearl of Wisdom” about giving. One of these kids is Nino Mireles. Nino’s sister fought cancer as a toddler, and she is now a survivor. Nino has created something delightful by combining his love for cancer children and his artistic talent. He paints lively, colorful murals to make children happy and at the same time he is raising money for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and Cottage Hospital.


Lilly and Nino are givers. Givers are the humans who “Make That Change.”

Thank you, Lilly and Nino. You are making this world a better place to live. Your Pearls of Wisdom are shining for other youth around you to notice. When they see what you are doing, they will feel the goodness of your heart and want to do something too.

Sometimes when we look inside ourselves, we discover that we hold the keys which unlock the old rusty gates imprisoning our potential to give all we have to give.

Here’s to unlocking a multitude of rusty gates.

“Make That Change.”  ~Thanks Michael… for your dancing:):):) and your love.

From Noah’s mom today:


I want to adopt the Nunn family!

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Who is Coming to the Rescue?

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When a disaster strikes, The Red Cross and other emergency services come to the aid of the victims of the disaster… regardless of where that disaster occurs in the world. This is the appropriate response when we see fellow humans suffering from unexpected catastrophes. How can we, as compassionate humans, stand on the sidelines and do nothing?

What would happen if our society truly understood the catastrophe of childhood cancer? What would happen if all of us could not turn away from the truth, the facts? What would happen if those with decision- making power in the media decided it was time to report about the Monster killing our children?

Awareness. That is what would happen. Awareness.

I am wondering if I need to get out that triple beam balance I spoke of a few days ago– you know– the one I was joking about whacking someone over the head with in Chemistry?

There are people who are “in the trenches” of the childhood cancer battlefield every single day. These people did not choose to be in the club they belong to. They didn’t have to get whacked over the head with a triple beam balance to leap into action. These are people who have lost their child to cancer, and they vow to make a difference so that other children do not have to suffer like their own child did.

These people amaze me. They inspire me. They blow my ever-loving mind. They open my heart.

How do they go on after losing their child to cancer? How do they turn all of that grief into HOPE for others? How is it that those who have suffered through the catastrophe are the ones who are showing up to help others at future disasters?

Can you imagine the world if the only people who showed up to help when a disaster strikes are people who have been through the same disaster?

It is time, right now, for each and every single one of us to join in the battle against childhood cancer. Don’t make our wounded warriors also be the lone rescuers. Please act.

Today, I give you two options. Bob Piniewski and Jodie Nunn are both shaving their heads to raise money for St. Baldrick’s. Please consider a donation to their efforts. Bob and Jodie are “Wounded Warriors” motivating me to do all I can.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”

James 1:22-25

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Jodie Nunn will shave her head to raise money for St. Baldrick's. Would you like to donate in memory of Max?

Please continue your prayers for Breanna and for Crista…

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