Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Day 46: Became A Pen Pal to a Sick Child

Last week, my daughter came down with her first cold. It really was nothing more than a cough and a stuffed nose, but seeing her snort like a pug freaked me out. Seeing my daughter sick scared me, but the fact that she kept laughing and smiling at me helped to ease my tension. Sadly, there are children out there who are MUCH sicker than Isla was last week, and my heart breaks when I think about that. My job requires me to be in doctor's offices and hospital buildings, so it isn't a rare sight for me to see children who have very serious diseases, some of which are life threatening. However, one thing that I have noticed more often than not with these children is that they are typically smiling. These kids are so tough that even in the face of terrible diseases, they very rarely lose their positivity and youthful joy. I wanted to do a random act of kindness that can hopefully help to keep that smile on their faces even in the toughest times. One of our blog followers mentioned a website to me called Post Pals. Post Pals allows you the opportunity to become a pen pal with children in the UK suffering from life-threatening diseases. You are able to email, send letters, care packages, etc. So for today's random act, I am sending an email and a handwritten letter to a child to hopefully brighten their day and help sustain their smile. If interested in spreading world wide kindness, visit Post Pals. If you want to do something locally, there are similar groups here in the US such as Love Letters: Random Cards of Kindness and Reachout America that I plan on utilizing very soon as well. There is nothing more uplifting than a child's smile, so let's try to make as many smile as we can!


  1. Congrats on Blog of Note! I hope your journey brings you much good ju ju!

  2. Omg this is an amazing idea, I had no idea it was out there, going to sign up right away. Gratz on becoming a blog of note :)

  3. What a GREAT idea! My daughter received a kidney transplant on February third (less than 2 weeks ago - I'm still reeling LOL), and the fact that her friends sent Ecards to her at CHOP (Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia) made her days infinitely brighter. I'll note the PostPals site for her to look at. She's got a few weeks of cabin fever ahead of her and it may help her to write to other kids!

    And congrats on being a Blog of Note. Reviewing you blog I can see you deserve it!


  4. What a wonderful idea. My daughter was sick with a life threatening disease. It was the incredible out reach of strangers that helped us most of all. I just posted a story on my blog today. It is titled, She has what?

  5. Hey Ryan!
    I'm a producer with CBS This Morning. I absolutely love what you are up to so wanted to see if we could chat about possibly doing a story with you if you're interested.
    My number is 212.975.6354 - give me a call whenever you are free.
    All the best,

  6. I just saw this on BlogsOfNote and decided to check it out and just scrolling through and reading what what you're doing made me smile.

    This is a beautiful thing. Keep being awesome.

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  8. Very beautiful reminds me that life is can be enjoyed in more ways than one. Thanks for reminding me and the rest of the cyber readers.

  9. This is such a wonderful idea indeed. This will surely bring back the smile to children who are suffering from detrimental diseases. Aside from the fact that we need to administer drugs to make them feel well, it is also important to give them an unconditional love that they will surely treasure throughout the course of their illnesses.

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