December 10, 2009

By Jeannie Mazzuocco

In September my family was offered four tickets from the Sick Kids Foundation (SKF), to go to the first Toronto Maple Leafs game at the ACC Centre. My sons, Victor and Michael did go but I offered the other two tickets to another transplant recipient boy and his parent. They could not go however and our tickets were re-directed to a boy with Cerebral Palsy who was about to start treatments to battle a recurring cancer, and to his grandmother. This boy loves the Leafs!

The Manager of SKF’s Ambassador Program sent me an e-mail saying that “the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.” The Lord timed this, not me.   It may seem like just a sporting event to you, but to a young boy whose whole life is battling disease…well it’s BIGGER than just a game.

I was blessed to know that a boy and his grandmother had an evening together to forget, for just a short while, what was ahead of them. Instead of my husband and me enjoying the game with our sons, this boy’s parents got a brief respite from care-giving. As a parent/caregiver myself, I truly know how appreciated that was.

“Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart.”  Proverbs 3:3 NIV

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