Friday, May 9, 2008

We made it for Rene!

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!

Dear Friends

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!!!

Kind Regards

Yolande van Rooyen
CHOC Pretoria

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

We are so happy to hear that all the funds were raised for RENE, we'll pray that the outcomes of the treatment is positive as well!! It is so nice to have friends like you who won't hesitate to help those in need!! As for Deqlan, he truly is a little soldier and it's so nice to hear that he is doing so well and enjoying all the things he missed out on while being sick. We continue to pray for you guys that he remains NED free and trust that God will always keep a special eye on you guys!!

You guys must have a SPECTACULAR day and weekend!!

Love
Coreen and Grant

Claire Ferreira said...

To My Dear Friend Samm,

This message is purely dedicated to you, A Mother of a Courageous Warrior:

A Mother's Love

A Mother's love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendoured miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God's tender guiding hand.

Samm, I would like to wish you the best mothers day ever! May Sunday the 11th be a day of celebrations!! Celebrating YOU as a wonderful mother and a strong woman. We can really learn alot from you! Almost a Year ago you started on the most heartbreaking journey, i am sure there were very difficult times, but whenever you posted a blog or spoke to someone, this positive attitude just beamed from your words. You are truly amazing, my friend!!

Have a great MOTHERS DAY, may you be spoiled rotten and may you get lots of hugs and kisses from your Brave Little SOldier Deqlan. Your love for Deqlan beams from you for the whole world to see!!

All My Love
Claire