Friday, April 17, 2009

Paying it Forward, For Maddie (updated)

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I didn't know Maddie or her parents, or even read their blogs until just this past week when Maddie suddenly passed away. As the Internets spilled over with dedications of love and condolences, calls to donate to the March of Dimes and a massive show of support for her family, I sat, read, processed, and remembered.

At one time in my life, I spent a week in Children's Hospital at the bedside of a child barely two years old, as he fought to live against impossible odds. I remember the crushing grief when the doctor told us that there was possibly no hope. Praying desperately with everything in my soul that he would live. The guilt of having my own child, alive and healthy to go home to. It was an experience that I will never, ever, forget.

Tonight as I've clicked through links and stories, I came upon this one which was so inspiring, and showed so clearly that when life seems cruel and hopeless, people can be absolutely amazing. I'm not sure what or how or when, but I want to pay it forward as well.

For Maddie.

Update: Last night after I wrote this, an idea of how I can pay it forward came to me. I know 5 people that are having a hard time right now, and I'm going to anonymously give them each a little something to brighten their day. I'll keep you posted!

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