Saturday, March 05, 2011

Giving Feels Good

Last month one of my posts  "The Exorbitant Cost of Cancer"  described the high costs that cancer brings to families.  Reading about these costs do not really hit home, until you or someone you personally know, is facing financial hardship - so much so that their cancer drugs are too costly or their recommended cancer treatment cannot be accessed because of affordability.  No cancer drugs or no cancer treatment will mean that a patient's life is in the balance even more.

Can that really happen in our societies of today?  Yes, it most definitely can and it does! 

I want to let you know of an individual who I have met via my blog whose husband is presently fighting colon cancer.  He is such a brave and courageous soul who is relentless along this cancer journey.  In life, we all need each other's support.  None of us can actually get through our lives without help, sometimes from family and friends, but sometimes from those whom we do not personally know but those who are quite willing to lend a hand.  In reality, it takes a community to make a difference.

In today's post, I would like you to read my friend's blog Ron's Road 2 RecoveryIf you then scroll down the right side of this blog you will see a "Ron's Road 2 Recovery Fund" gadget where the family is hoping to raise $5000 to aid in the cost of Ron's cancer treatment.  At the moment, they have presently raised just over $1100.00 and I congratulate all those who have contributed. By default, the amount to give of $76.00 appears, but once you access the program you can make a contribution of any amount - even $1.00 I'm sure would be welcomed - and you and your contribution can remain anonymous if you so choose to do this.

After I had initially written about the high costs that cancer brings to families, Ron's wife wrote the following post My Two-Cents Worth on the Cost of Cancer.  I trust you will take the time to read it, as then you will know and understand how this particular family has personally struggled with the financial burden that cancer brings.

Not too long ago, I was speaking with a friend and our topic was about giving to those in need.  He looked at me and said "I honestly don't know how you find people who are in financial need, if I could find someone, I would help them!".....my reply was, "All you really need to do is just take a look around".

So this morning I was thinking about Ron and about how I might be able to help him and his family.  My solution was to write about it in today's post.  Maybe you, like my friend, also find it difficult sometimes to find that particular someone who you can reach out to financially. 
I'm going to make a donation this morning to Ron.  I should have done it a long time ago, but like most everyone, I didn't, and then my initial intentions got pushed aside and forgotten about. 

My blog is not about soliciting money but it is about helping cancer patients and their families whether it be through information about cancer, by providing moral support when it's needed or for today, it's about providng financial support for someone who I know will be truly grateful for whatever amount you can contribute to Ron's Recovery Fund.

Each of us CAN make a difference - Today I will be humbled to know that I have helped another person along this cancer highway in my own small way.  Yes, Giving Unto Others Who Need It Most, Feels Good!!!

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35

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