Shane’s Future Days is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation whose mission is to raise awareness, research funds and assist families currently battling alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma and other rare childhood cancers. EIN: 47-2556395 .
We received another amazing donation from the Philadelphia Phillies! Thank you!
A basket with:
-autographed Maikel Franco baseball
-Phillies wireless speaker
-paired with Hall of Fame firework game tickets
Thank you to Woodloch Resort for your generous donation of an All-Inclusive Overnight Stay for a Family of Four, valued up to $770!
Woodloch is a four-season family resort located in the Pocono Mountains. Their goal is to bring families together to make memories. The resort includes many four-star amenities including, golfing and a spa, which was ranked among the world’s best.
Strength of an Egg
“Parents of children with cancer, or any serious condition, are often referred to or viewed as having strength “like a rock”. Although flattering, it isn’t quite true. It is more like the strength of an egg. An egg, you ask? Yes!
If you’ll think about it, you’ll see my point. An egg has a polished, smooth outer appearance, with no cracks or weak spots visible. It seems almost inconceivable that the inside might not be so smooth or solid.
Most children, at some point, are shown the famous egg trick. An egg set at just the right angle can withstand enormous amounts of pressure and cannot be cracked or broken. Yet the same egg, tapped gently at an ever slightly different angle, will break. The contents, once so neatly concealed, will come spilling out. The no longer perfect shell will be crushed. It looks so fragile that it seems inconceivable that it ever held any strength.
A rock, on the other hand, is solid all the way through. To break it is almost impossible. If you succeed, you will find that there is nothing inside but more rock.
It takes a lot more than pure hardness to hold the hand of hope. Parents of children with cancer are not solid all the way through. We hurt, we fear, we cry, we hope. It takes a very careful balancing act to keep the shell from being shattered. “Balancing an egg” while running a household, going for chemotherapy appointments and hospital stays, keeping the family together, and holding on to the constantly unraveling ties of your sanity can be very tricky indeed. Occasionally, the angle will be off and the shell will break, shattering hope and all the neatly secured appearances of a truly fragile existence.
Unlike Humpty Dumpty though, parents of children with cancer will pick themselves up and put themselves back together again.”
by Juliet Freitag