On September 26th, 2015 I invited some friends to join me in my first BowPosh for Smiles event in Fort Myers, FL at the Golisano Childrens Hospital located in the Lee Memorial Health System: HealthPark Medical Center.
It was a very rewarding visit as I had a good friend from our school days drive across the state to be present! Thank you so much, Sylvia Collazo for your travels, and for your wonderful contributions from Thirty One as a Thirty One Consultant, as well as your personal touches! You are truly an amazing person with a heart of gold.
Danielle Steele, I pray you and your entire family are feeling better, and just know that you are welcome to join me at any time on future projects! Your Younique mascara was a fabulous touch for these mommies, and I know they were tickled pink to receive such a gift!
This first event was quite a small one, but that was nothing to be down about. This was something that we could rejoice about because less kids in the hospital means that more kids met requirements that allowed them to stay home with their families in the comfort of their own homes rather than a hospital room!! The battle with cancer is up and down for these kids and there are no promises with numbers or with anything.
Sylvia and I found out (once we arrived to the oncology floor) that one of our old friends from high school had been admitted that same week with her daughter who has ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). They had already been in the hospital for almost a week due to low counts for platelets, ANC (immune system) numbers, and fevers. McKynsie is only four years old, but is such a strong little girl. McKynsie was sleeping during our visit, but we follow McKynsie Faiths journey and pray for her and her family constantly. We did have the privilege to speak with her mother, Jennifer who is one of the most inspiring people I have the honor to know. Her gracefulness during these times is astounding, and she says that it is McKynsie strength that keeps her going as well. Such warriors in this battle, and they are not alone. Please, follow McKynsies journey HERE. These kids and families could use all of the love, prayers, and support they can get!!!
Read more about "ALL" HERE.
Here are some photos that Jennifer was kind enough to share with us after McKysie woke! The smile on her face is exactly what this project is all about. Little surprises can make all the difference, and how awesome that she got to wake up to something so sweet!! The siblings, and parents were not left out either!!!
Thank you so much, Jennifer for allowing us to share these awesome photos and a bit about your amazing family. Prayers with you always!
We did leave gifts for another family that was in the unit but due to HIPAA laws and other hospital restrictions, we were unable to visit personally with the 7 year old little girl and the family. We do hope they enjoyed their gifts though, and hope they brought smiles!!!! Prayers to them all!!
If you would like to get involved, click the link below to donate so that this project can go on and grow! Our goal is to grow so that we can visit many more hospitals and kids, and one day do even more for these families. Thank you so much for your support!!