Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for all that we’ve accomplished together. July 2009 marks The Kyrie Foundation’s second anniversary. Just two short years ago, we decided to continue this blog, applied for our federal and state non-profit status, and printed our fab, cocoa-colored t-shirts featuring that gorgeous design from Rhonna Farrer. Two years ago, we were uniting with Kyrie’s Gift, linking with the PBTF and spending every free moment on weekends, over lunches and in between workdays strategizing how exactly we were going to fight this cancer. In just two years, we’ve connected, communicated, planned, called, begged, arranged, laughed, cried, produced and hosted. We’ve grieved yet carried on; we’ve doubted yet pushed through; we’ve sacrificed yet been overwhelmed by your continued support and response.

Again, when I say “we” and “us,” I mean you. You, yes, you reading this sentence. You are us. You who check into the blog. You who brought your family to the Twilight Walk. You who search with Goodsearch and shop with Goodshop. You who have become our friends on Facebook. You who wear the t-shirt. You who have told someone about this grassroots nonprofit. You who have dressed in costume to bring joy to children on our behalf. You who have donated art. You who have sponsored our events by donating cookies or gift certificates or soda or your gift of music. You who bought a bracelet. You who made the bracelets. You who have organized mini-fundraisers for us like office chili cook-offs or charity softball games or birthday party donations. You are making this happen.

I am thankful for every ounce of time, talent and treasure that has been offered. Once again, there are so many demands for our resources these days. Every time you choose to help The Kyrie Foundation, we are stunned and incredibly grateful, like helping us ask for gift donations or checking with a friend of a friend who might like to become a corporate sponsor. This endeavor has taken more time, energy and ideas than we could have possibly guessed, but this work—to cure this cancer and in the meantime put goodness into the world—is the work of people who value families and children and joy and friendship and that clichéd but oh-so-important ideal of “making the world a better place.”

Sounds pretty big, huh? Who knew that bigness really is just a lot of smalls put together? ;)

What are you thankful for today?

1 comment:

Chad said...

I could not agree more. We are especially thankful for everyone that chooses to comment on this blog and spread the word about it as well. You have no idea what energy it brings all of us to see those comments. We also cannot wait to see some familiar faces along with a bunch of new faces (fingers crossed) at the Twilight Walk in September.