Wednesday, September 1, 2010


If you know of a kindergartner this year, you know Kyrie.

Five is such a delightful age. Full of wonder and full of entertaining explanations and questions. Five teeters on the edge of home and world in this delirious new experience called "school," a place where baby brains become full with education, friendship, growth and development. Five is magical. Five is inspirational. Five loves being five.

And five years after her arrival on this earth, she is, to me, delightful, wonderful and inspirational. Kyrie, five years later, has grown to include all of you in her life, to include many other children in heaven waiting for their parents, friends, family.

I love that she shares a birthday with perhaps our number one fan, Susan, aka Easter Bunny. Kyrie also shares a birthday with my dear godson, who has volunteered at several of the foundation's events. Born on Labor Day five years ago, perhaps that was a sign, too, of the work that would be presented to all of us to fight this fight, to protect kindergartners' brains.

I believe that we received a birthday gift for Kyrie last night. It's something that I've alluded to in the past couple months, and in a few weeks, I hope to share some good, big news—a gift that could mean a lot to the foundation.

And in the spirit of appreciating the 5-year-olds in your life or remembering what 5 years old was like with one of your children, I hope you'll come September 18 to celebrate this journey with us.

Happy birthday, sweet Kyrie. We love you dearly and miss you terribly. Thank you so much for bringing incredible joy to your parents and for showing us a new reason to be generous with our time, talent and treasure. Please continue to stay with us as we keep working to save children just like you.

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