Weekly Thought: Thank You! You Helped Save a Life!

by Melissa on April 5, 2011

Baby Daniel.                                                                     

This was what this sweet baby looked like the last time most of you saw him. It was what he looked like the last time I saw him.

I know that so many of you were instrumental in raising money to save this baby’s life. I want to thank you for that, and I want you to celebrate you, because it worked. By the time enough funds were raised to transfer Daniel to Columbia, he was so weak that the doctors weren’t even sure if the transplant would work. Baby Daniel just went back to Columbia last week, for his first checkup since he went home to Belize. He’s doing even better than the doctors dreamed he would. I want to thank you again, for all of your support and work in making this happen.

I just got back from visiting the baby and his family in San Pedro. My deepest wish is that everyone who helped contribute to his recovery is able to, someday, see the miraculous recovery this baby has made in person. He’s happy, healthy, and so very loved. The love and support he felt from his parents and the community, we believe, was a major contributor to his amazing recovery.

It was like heaven. I experienced something I wasn’t sure would happen. And it did. He’s a healthy, happy baby now!

I’m feeling really proud, right now. Proud to be a part of the global society that supported this baby. And grateful that so many people we didn’t even know took him into their hearts and petitioned news stations to cover his story. Proud of the people who’d never met this amazing family that contributed and raised funds to support his treatment. I like being a part of this country. Even when our healthcare system fails, the people joined together to help a baby, a baby that’s not even “ours”, from a different country. You all realized that every baby is ours, no matter the color or creed or citizenship. Our global community joined together to help him get what he needed.

I was so surprised. I have to admit it. I had no idea so many people would care, and get so involved, and I’m so very grateful. I’m looking forward to the day that you  all can see this baby, and how happy and healthy and curious he is. It’s amazing.

I have to tell you that I work every day with kids that are living in poverty. Sometimes, since I’m so in it, I feel like people don’t care. Through this experience with Daniel, I’ve realized that people DO care, and want to help. I realized, through this process, that people just don’t know how.

I was going to insert a quote from Hillary Clinton’s book: It Takes a Village. Then, I realized that you know that it does. I don’t have to tell anyone that’s reading this any of that. You know. You all want to help. You all DID help. And that’s why this baby is doing so well.

Since you all seem to want to continue your mission to make the world a better place, I want to let you know some ways you can:

  • Baby Daniel: You can still contribute to his medical care by donating to his continuing medical care. The instructions on how to do this can be found at http://savebabydaniel.com/
  • Contribute to The Center for Assault Treatment Services Northridge Hospital Medical Center’s CATS program. It is the only 24-hour, 7 day-a-week program for victims of sexual abuse and assault of all ages in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys of Los Angeles County, California. Make a donation under Nicole’s Team in honor of an amazing child that my family was lucky enough to love. You can contribute here: http://www.active.com/donate/Victory4victims11/NicolesTeam

I appreciate your help in either one. And there are so many other causes you can donate your money or time to. These two organizations are just very close to my heart. But you all know that whatever you contribute to is important, and I’m so thankful you’re doing it.

I don’t usually end posts like this, but I’m sending so much love to all of you that care. Thank you. On behalf of myself, and on behalf of the people who receive your kindness. Thank you.