It's a Good Thing, Donna's Good Thing!

Suck it, Scoliosis took a twisted route to Chicago now.com.  It was after being a loyal follower of Moms Who Drink and Swear that I started reading another Chicago Now blog religiously.  Nikki, Moms Who Drink and Swear, introduced Mary Tyler Mom's, Donna's Cancer Story .  I found myself entranced by a little girl with amazing strength.  Through the month of September I was stalking her facebook page looking for my daily update, my daily dose of Donna.  This little angel who faced so much and still showed immense toddler feist had implanted her memory on my soul.  Her Mother enriched my world with each powerful word that hit the screen.  I fell in love with the Mary Tyler Family in one fell swoop. Somewhere in the middle of September I decided the Lucky Cast Club has found a home and by the end of the month Suck it, Scoliosis was born.

Some of you read my initial love letter to Mary Tyler Mom and sweet Donna when my twisted sister and I introduced our local pre-school to Donna in the form of pumpkins carved with hearts on Halloween.  The Remembery Day project will now coincide with the pre-schools annual St. Jude Trike-a-thon.  Here is the link to the original story I wrote for Remembery Day. http://www.chicagonow.com/suck-it-scoliosis/2011/10/remembery-day/

Well we want to continue to show our love for the family who reminded us each day was special, each moment precious & no emotion when dealing with your child's health is trivial.  I would like to think I hug a little longer each day, play a little more, pay attention to the moments as well as memories we are making because of this family.  The Mary Tyler Family took their daughters tragedy and turned it into a Good Thing Legacy for their sweet Donna. It is truly the little foundation that could.  With their good things & your good things they have created a legacy of giving back in the form of Donna's Good Things!

Donna's Good Things at Candlelight has created an amazing opportunity to show our love for so many children fighting pediatric cancer.  March 24, 2012 @ 2 p.m. at the Candlelight,7452 N. Western Ave Chicago, IL 60645 some of my favorite Chicago Now bloggers, including the Mary Tyler Family,  will be present for the Donna's Good Things, St. Baldrick's event.  My mentor in the world of parenting with humor, Nikki Knepper,Moms Who Drink and Swear, will be armed with sheers ready to shave some fabulous volunteers to raise funds to the St. Baldrick's Organization in Donna's memory!

Message from Donna's Good Things St. Baldrick's Page: Please join Donna’s Good Things as we gather to do good things in memory of Donna Quirke Hornik! We're having a St. Baldrick's event to raise money to fund research in hopes that one day no child will have to fight cancer.  The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. You can be involved by donating, signing up to be a participant, fundraising, volunteering, and attending. Join us on the event day to celebrate Donna’s spirit, meet Mary Tyler Mom and family, and gather with others who have been truly touched by Donna’s Cancer Story.

If you were as touched by Donna's story & are able to show your support, this is an amazing opportunity to do so. Between now and 2/18/2012, which is incidentally a life changing day for my family, every dollar (up to $2000.00) will be matched.  That will make a $5 donation $10 in Donna's memory.

I am only one, but still I am one. I
cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do
everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.

Edward Everett Hale
American Author, Clergyman

Thousands of candles
can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be
shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Buddha
The Enlightened One

If you are a frequent flyer with Suck it Scoliosis, you will know I love a good lyric.  A song is constantly playing in the soundtrack of my life.  While writing a little gem from the Broadway hit "Wicked" was on a loop.  I will leave you with Glenda and Elphaba.  Because of so many of you we have been changed for good. 

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