Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Announcing Daddy's Dreams Youth Ambassador - Meet Samantha M.!!

Have you ever had an experience where you just KNEW that God had placed someone in your path for a reason? My story begins last month, on the day that we were blessing the first "Works of Heart" for the Daddy's Dreams project. A member of the congregation asked that we pray for a young lady who had been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and was undergoing treatment at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta (formerly known as Egleston).

The young girl, Samantha, was the daughter of a child psychologist in our local school system. I immediately knew that she would be the perfect person to receive the "fireworks quilt" (as it had been dubbed) and set out to locate Samantha. I met her mother and delivered the quilt to her and it was a beautiful emotional moment for me. I was thrilled when I received the photo below, taken just moments after Samantha's mother arrived home and delivered the quilt to her.

As I got to know Samantha and her mother better, I was touched by their strength, faith, and optimism. As I was sharing their story with my husband, he looked at me and said, "Katie, you should see if Samantha would like to deliver the quilts to the kids." I absolutely LOVED the idea and Samantha graciously agreed!

Samantha is just like any other 12-year-old. She loves animals and loves going to school, where she is a 7th grader. She loves to bake and bike riding and swimming are 2 of her favorite activities. She also loves doing crafts. Samantha aspires to be a child-care specialist when she grows up.

Samantha's duties as Daddy's Dreams Youth Ambassador will include helping to identify youth to be recipients of "Works of Heart" both in the community, as well as through Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. Samantha will be fulfilling the mission of Daddy's Dreams by hand delivering these "Works of Heart" to the recipients. I hope that it brings her the same joy that it has brought me!

Samantha, welcome to the Daddy's Dreams family!! May your quilt warm your body and your soul! I look forward to many years of working side-by-side with you fulfilling the Daddy's Dreams mission!

Samantha and her mother will be at the Daddy's Dreams September Fabric Cutting Session (DETAILS HERE) this Saturday to "pay it forward" to other deserving patients, even though she has just completed her last dose of chemotherapy (yesterday) and will be starting radiation treatment within days (I told you she was an amazing young lady!).

Hope everyone can join us!! If you are not able to be with us, please take a moment to look at our "needs list" (FOUND HERE) and see if there is anything that you might share with us to keep this project going strong. Thanks for your support!

Katie Burke
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
Pine Mountain / LaGrange, Georgia

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