Thursday, June 08, 2006


"Not one to break down in tears, I did just that when I read Hope's response to being granted a wish."
When representatives of the Make-A-Wish Foundation visited Hope and asked her what her wish was, she looked around her hospital room--at her ever-present family and her abundance of flowers and cards-- and asked, "how many children are waiting for wishes to be granted?"

The answer was 155, in her section of North Carolina. "Then, my wish is to raise money to grant all of their wishes."
That's an excerpt from a Mary Katherine Ham article entitled Two Girls, One Strength that I highly recommend you read in its entirety. For those not manly and tough, keep a hanky nearby. Also check out an earlier article by Mrs Ham "Because I'm a Girl."

Town Hall has a section where readers can comment on what they see, and while I haven't dipped into this resource yet, I wanted to for this article, even if it's a little old, because I wanted to give it some exposure to the public in my little forum. For this article commenters had this to say:

MKH, welcome back to Townhall!

Poignant story. It reminds me how flexible children are. They handle adversity with the greatest of ease. Something which would devastate an older adult is brushed off as just another hurdle to be overcome, even when it cannot be overcome.

Many times I hear people complain about how our society idolizes youth too much, but there are some things about youth which can teach us all a lesson. Your story provides one of those lessons.
-by EdMcGon

This story hit me like a fastball between the eyes. Having coached my son's first baseball practice last night, the words tough, serene, uplifting, and cheerful can't begin to describe his attitude in fighting with Leukemia. His just being there was a small miracle. His team mates never once asked him about his missing hair. Aidan is a very determined little boy. None of the wonderful staff at Lutheran General have ever heard him cry or complain during any procedure. It is nothing short of amazing to see the power of his determination. Make A Wish sent our family to Disney World. They are a fantastic organization. We were so inspired that my wife Patti started a non profit organization that gives fleece blankets to children with life threatening illness. She and her sister Maureen have gone about raising funds, making blankets, and delivering them to hospitals. Having met many parents of children with life threatening illnesses, all agree that Make A Wish does a masterful job. is a small organization that just does chemo blankets. However, it is the small things that sometimes make a big difference.
-by StarkRavingDad


hope you don't mind, passed on your story & link to

my daughter is only 6 but when she gets a haircut she's decided that the length cut off (at least 9 inches, I think) is going to a child that has lost his/her hair from chemo treatments. it's amazing how compassionate children can be...and willing to do something rather than simply express sympathy.

an inspiring column and set of posts!!!
-by konagirl

Well I finally created an account on Townhall after several years of reading columns here. After reading this column I created the account.


Not one to break down in tears, I did just that when I read Hope's response to being granted a wish.

I then went and read up on Amber and Hope. What a pair.

Why is must the media deluge us daily with misery and "sensational" gossip stories when they could simply put up a picture of these two young ladies, tell their stories, and make a difference?
-by Montana

Surely as we look at our lives of comfort and abundance - even the less fortunate among those of us living in the west can claim this blessing - we can think of better things to do with our time and money than one more trip, one more video game, more minutes on our cell phones, and such. There's more to life than what we own and enjoy and can measure with science, and we have a duty to deal with the less tangible aspects of life as well as the more solid. This child understood that, and faced her future with a love of those around her and a trust in God. Surely we can do the same.

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