UNFORTUNATELY COULDNT PAST THE LETTERHEAD, BUT THIS ARRIVED FROM YOLANDE FROM CHOC ON AN OFFICIAL LETTERHEAD - THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS FOR HELPING RENE - YOU ARE AMAZING DEQLANS ARMY! GOD BLESS YOU RICHLY FOR ALL YOU DO FOR OTHERS!
When I send this e-mail, I did it as a last resort to try and be of assistance to Rene and her family. CHOC Pretoria bought groceries and helped with some transport funds for Rene to get to hospital and back, but I knew from past experience with my little boy who was treated for a brain tumor six years ago, that that was only a small part of the difficulties they are facing.
During this year so many children lost the battle with cancer and many relapsed (cancer came back). It is hard sometimes not to get discouraged and to remember that there is a bigger picture. One thing that occurred to me this week is that we all get the same length of time to live. It is only the part spent on earth that varies. It is not the length of the path that matters (even though it is saddens us when it ends so soon) but the steps taking you from the beginning to the end. Did you greet the people on your way with a smile? Did you stop and shared a laugh or a cry? Did you stop and smell the flowers and saw the sun rise with glory or set in a splendor array of colors. Did you stop and rolled away a rock to clear the path for someone? DID YOU ENJOY THE JOURNEY?
I have been touched by the wonderful response from friends, collogues, and strangers! I stand before you in awe as to what a simple e-mail (sent with a big prayer) achieved. You have created within me an excitement about my work with CHOC and our cancer children and made me realize that people care and want to make a difference. The opportunity just sometimes lacks. ! We have not only reached our goal of R6050.0 for Rene’s medical aid, but also have a bit extra to help the family with outstanding medical accounts and needs.
Thank you for helping us to give Rene another day/week/year! We at CHOC Pretoria thank you for helping us to keep more than hope alive!!!
Yolande van Rooyen