I wasn't sure what to expect heading into the visit, but the families were glad for the toys and incredibly welcoming of me. I enjoyed helping them pass the time. At the end of our day, the sweet hospital worker told me I did a wonderful job and asked me to come back in the spring. I definitely will!
Get well, sweet children! You are in my prayers!
I've spent hundreds of days living in hospital rooms during my sister's cancer treatments. During the four years of treatments, countless visitors stopped by our little rooms to brighten our days. Recently, it was my first time to serve as the person on "the other side" - the one delivering the cheer and good wishes instead of receiving them and I loved it!
I was invited to visit Mercy Children's Hospital in Toledo as Miss Mansfield's Outstanding Teen. (CMN is the national charity of the Miss America Scholarship Program.) I felt like Santa Clause as I pushed a big cart exploding with a variety of stuffed animals. In each room, the children picked out a toy and we'd talk for a while before I headed to the next room. One little girl was so sweet, she presented me with a homemade bracelet; I immediately slipped it on my wrist.
Perspective student day also makes for an optimal lemonade stand day. Our stand was in the heart of the Union feed by traffic from perspective students and hungry BG kids. Our sales were umped by a little celebrity endorsement; Freda and Freddie Falcon! I had to laugh when they took my money bag and began pantomiming that they wanted donations. It's hard to turn down the mascot. Thank you to everyone in CMLA who volunteered to help me with the stand and for all the students who stopped by and picked up some lemonade! I'm happy we raised nearly $300!
Every day world-wide, 720 kids are diagnosed with cancer. Last year I worked with BGSU's CMLA to raise over $500 for Alex's Lemonade Stand, an organization devoted to funding a cure for childhood cancers. On Monday, Feb. 17th (President's Day) CMLA members and I will be in the BGSU union from 10am-1pm distributing cans of "Country Time" lemonade in exchange for a donation to Alex's Lemonade Stand. If you're around BGSU, please stop by. I'd love to talk to you!
If you will be unable to stop by, please visit this link to donate.http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1112898
Checks should be made payable to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
If you'd like to text in a $10.00 donation text: lemonade E1112898 to 85944. It will show up on your carrier. That's the word Lemonade (space) E1112898
Invitations have been distributed and my fundraising goal set! It's almost time for the Lemon Ball! If you're interested in helping me achieve my goal of raising $1,500 for Alex's Lemonade Stand at this event, please click here. It will take you to my "Lemon Ball" fundraising page where you can easily donate to this deserving cause. I'm most appreciative of those who have already donated and of those who are considering. Thank you for allowing researchers to find the cure that's needed for children and their families everywhere!
In case the hyperlink above isn't working, here is the link: http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1112514