Thursday, November 29, 2018

"As small as it may seem, a good deed is always worth the doing." Spark Matsunaga

Sometimes, a story just hits me right between the eyes.  That happened today.

A 14 year old boy who lives in Reynoldsville, PA *(the center of the state) is dying.  He has neuroblastoma and only a few weeks to live.  His Christmas wish?  Christmas cards from far and near.  His angelic face belies his pain and fear.  Such a cruel sentence to impose on one so young.

When I saw this story, I went straight downstairs to look through my Christmas paraphernalia to find a card for Maddox.  I cried while writing him a Christmas message of hope.  (I also enclosed a few stickers, because every child likes stickers.)

The words Children and Cancer should never be used in the same sentence, and to see this young man's plight at this season of Advent makes it even more heartbreaking.

If you are feeling the need to do a good deed, please send young Maddox a card. 

His address: 

Maddox Hyde
333 Ohio Street
Reynoldsville, PA 15851
Here is the link to his story.

This small deed will mean so much to this child. 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. 
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