I’ve been looking for a way to give back to something I am passionate in. When I was presented the opportunity to fundraise $1,000 for Easter Seals (an organization dedicated to fully enhancing the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of Canadians with disabilities), I was intrigued. When I found out at the end of it, I get to rappel down a 20-stories building, I was sold. I signed up right away and that’s when I realized… how could I fundraise that much money?
While the event is still a few months away from today, I knew I had to get started right away. So I did. I started at the first place I could think of: Facebook.
Shortly after posting it, the donations started to come in and I felt overwhelmed by the amount of support my friends have. To date, I’ve reached 20% of my $1,000 goal. Twenty percent and this is just the beginning! I still have 3 months to fundraise. It’s a remarkable feeling and so humbling at the same time. Also, I didn’t realize how much of a big deal 20 stories was until everyone said it! I guess I’ve skydived before so I always feel pretty invincible. Or maybe I’m too #YOLO?
Anyways, so why this? Why this cause? Well I have a cousin that was born normal, slightly premature but normal. When she was just one or two months old, she rolled down the bed when she was with a babysitter. The babysitter didn’t tell my aunt right away, but my cousin kept crying and crying all night and her temperature went up significantly. So my aunt brought her to ER right away and next thing we know, she got really ill and doctors were giving up on her. My aunt and uncle were advised to let her go and prepare for her departure. They cried and cried and finally gave in and bought a coffin. By some miracle, my cousin never ended up in that coffin. She survived. But she became autistic and she still is until today. She can’t speak, can’t walk, can’t eat by herself but she can feel. We can see her eyes brightened up when she’s around people and when she has her favourite doll. Everyday her parents pushed her limit further by enrolling her in classes and taking her places. It breaks my heart every time I see her and I know there are many others that are like her, but not as fortunate as her.
I’m currently looking for ways to give thanks to the donators. I have two ideas in mind that would work, just need to put it together and let it fly. It’ll be fun!
If you are interested in donating, please head over to my personal Drop Zone page.