Today, I'm taking a break from my usual nonsense posts, to share a special request.
Haven't we all received forwarded e-mails that we believed were bogus, despite the fact that they tugged at our hearts?
Here's one I received this week, that's not bogus. It's for real; it's about a little girl in the Rochester, NY area. You can read about it in our local paper, here and here. This sweet little girl's birthday is August 2, 2006 -- one week from today, and her teacher is asking people to send cards. I sent her a birthday card and hope that some of my readers will do the same. And yes, this is OK with her mother!
Hi Friends, Family, Colleagues and Random People who got on my email list!
As many of you are aware, this past school year one of my kindergartners, Alyssa Bruno, was diagnosed with diffuse pontine glioma (stem cell brain tumor). She had a successful year of kindergarten, but took a dramatic turn for the worse at the end of the school year. As of now she has lost all movement in her left side and can't walk or talk. She has been on five different chemotherapy treatments and continues to be a little trooper! Everyone is praying that this upcoming week's dose of chemo will show some signs of improvement.
On August 2nd Alyssa will be celebrating her 6th birthday. I've been thinking for a long time about what to get for her, but she is very limited with what she can do right now. One thing Alyssa LOVES is to get mail. So I thought I'd email everyone on my list and ask for you all to please consider sending Alyssa a birthday card with a penny enclosed for good luck!. I am going to have Alyssa collect them in a jar as a reminder of all the people who are out there praying for her. How neat would that be for Alyssa to receive cards from all over the country and perhaps the world! I'd love it if you all could also forward this message to everyone on your list. (I'm not a fan of chain letters, but this would really make Alyssa's day and brighten her spirits!)
I know how busy everyone is these days, but sending a card to this little girl would give her a little something to look forward to each day when she gets the mail.
I've attached a few pictures so that you can put a face with the name! She's a cutie! Please, forward this along to anyone who you think might send a card.
Thank you so much,
Marcy Mooney - Alyssa's teacher
Alyssa Bruno Birthday Cards
Federation of Social Workers
167 Flanders Street (D-12)
Rochester, NY 14619