“I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.”
I became involved in the Cavett Kids Foundation a little over 2 years ago when I attended the Cavett Kids Got Talent Fundraiser. I instantly fell in love with this foundation and could not wait to get involved and find out more! Here I am two years later, an active volunteer and a member of the Cavett Advocacy Board. Cavett Kids has transformed not only my perspective but my life since I became involved. Danny Cavett, the founder of Cavett Kids, is one of the most genuine, upstanding people I have ever had the opportunity to know. When I am with my Cavett Family, I am surrounded by the most incredible kids, phenomenal staff, and wonderful volunteers and donors that I have ever met! I never leave an event with my heart untouched. On January 30, 2016 I will turn 25 years old. A few months ago I began thinking about my birthday and what I wanted to do to make birthday number 25 a memorable one. After quite a bit of praying, God laid the $2,500 for 25 in 25 campaign idea on my heart. What does that mean exactly? Well, from January 5, 2016 until January 30, 2016 (25 days) I want to push to raise $2,500 for the Cavett Kids Foundation. The $2,500 I hope to raise would help children with chronic and life threatening illnesses go to summer camp and have THE MOST FUN, EVER! Trust me, I know, I have been and it’s a BLAST! The camps and programs offered by the Cavett Kids Foundation are at no cost to the camper or their family, so we rely on AWESOME donors like YOU to help send our kids to a place where illness does not define the child. I am asking my family and friends that in lieu of a birthday present, to make a donation to this campaign. Even if you don’t know me, I am asking you to make a donation to this campaign. Before I go, I want to share one of my very favorite Cavett Kids memories.
One of the first Cavett Kids I had the opportunity to meet was Melanie. In 2005, at 12 years old, Melanie was diagnosed with medulloblastoma brain cancer. For nearly 10 years, Melanie fought a hard, but good fight with cancer. Unfortunately, in December 2014, Melanie lost her battle with cancer but she won the war as she was welcomed into the arms of Jesus. I met Melanie in the spring of 2014 at a golf tournament. She swooned over the professional long driver who was working one of the holes at the tournament and I began to get to know Melanie. I saw Melanie again in August at Kamp Courage, my first camp experience. The entire time I knew Melanie, her mobility was limited to a wheelchair; however, that did not keep a smile off of her face. I will never forget walking down to the horse stables to watch the kids ride horses. Melanie wanted to ride a horse so badly but wasn’t sure if she would be capable because of the wheelchair. So, what did we do? We got Melanie on that horse. She was lifted by volunteers onto the horse and guided around the riding area. I can still hear her laugh and see her smile. For the 5-10 minutes she was on that horse; Melanie forgot about her cancer and she forgot about the wheelchair. She was just a girl having the time of her life on a horse. That’s what Cavett Kids is all about, giving these kids a chance to do things they normally wouldn’t be able to do. Cavett Kids helps these kids cope with their illnesses, connect with their fellow campers through their illnesses, and to build character despite their illnesses. Cavett Kids aren’t survivors, we are thrivers. It is my birthday wish that you will make a donation that will go toward enhancing a child’s life. Thank you, so much in advance and God bless.
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unaware.” Hebrews 13:2