Today's Thankful Thursday is a very personal one. Today I'm thankful for my job here at RMH! October 2nd marks 5 years since I was hired with this amazing organization and I cannot believe how fast the years have gone by.
I have seen some amazing things in the past 5 years - here are just some of the many stories I will carry with me:
- A family from Boston whose young son underwent a hemispherectomy (removing half of the brain), and was able to walk straight, speak clearly and communicate with his parents for the first time in his life - right in our House
- A family from Hartville, OH who was able to spend Christmastime together even though one of the children was receiving treatment in the hospital
- A young man named Tony who I was able to spend a few lovely days with once - and then Tony left this world far too soon
- An amazing, fearless, compassionate volunteer named Ellen who gave selflessly of herself to the House and our families and also left this world at too young of an age
- Interviewing one of the most amazing young men I've ever met - who at the tender age of 13 underwent a risky procedure in order to save his brother's life
- Meeting brilliant, inspiring staff members from all over the RMHC global community - a mentor in Austin, TX, a friend in Columbus, OH, and a motivator in Oak Brook, IL
- Encountering a young girl who even though faced with her own disabilities, inspired an entire community to donate what could only have been millions of pull tabs
- Experiencing the most fabulous events - from golf outings, to raffling off an entire House and everything in between - being able to raise funds for our organization in inventive and exciting ways
- Having an amazingly supportive network of co-workers who lift me up on my worst days, and fill me with encouragement
- The thank you card my husband and I just received from Travis, who utilized the baseball tickets we donated last week and was able to receive an autographed baseball at his first ever major league game
The poet e.e. cummings famously penned:
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
Wherever I go and whatever I do, I carry the stories, the people and memories I've encountered here at RMH. The past five years here have forever changed my life and on this Thankful Thursday, I am especially aware of it.
Enjoying two of my most favorite things: spending time with the families of RMH and Indians Baseball!
-Samantha, Marketing & Communications Manager
Thu, September 29, 2011
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