Spark of Hope #21 -In September 2010, I spoke to the Birmingham Social Work Oncology Group at their luncheon. After sharing my passion for writing and my vision for advocating, I invited questions and answers. I was struck by the story one social worker shared with me. She talked about losing her son to cancer, and her disappointment that there were so few books for him. I tried to encourage her by saying that I’d seen books, and I believed writers were filling that void. She said, “not like yours–not through their eyes. Please consider doing one for kids too.”
The idea went on hold as I worked on other pressing projects. Then, I met 8-year old Sebastian who’s battling Leukemia, and whose mother had just battled breast cancer. Listening and talking with Sebastian reminded me of what I’d heard in Birmingham. I realized that the book was still missing. Next month, I’ll begin sharing a book for kids to color their way through cancer: dedicated to the boy who never had one and to Sebastian, the boy who opened my eyes to the void. Through a child’s eyes, Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!
Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!