Up until yesterday I had never participated in a challenge, such as the Ice Bucket Challenge, to raise awareness for illnesses. The father of a young child at our school has been diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. Vann Ly is 39 years old. He has a wonderful family with two young children. Little 3-year-old Evie goes to our school.
Devastating doesn’t even come close to describing what is happening with this family.
Yet, there is a wonderful backstory, and how happiness can make a difference:
Vann loves Captain America, and so does the family. Vann wears his Captain America T-shirt to every chemo treatment. In his words, “Captain America represents purity, goodness, and will never back down from a fight.” Friends and family now wear a Captain America T-shirt. Evie wears hers to school!
Van’s sister moved up her wedding date, and the wedding was held at the hospital in Boston, at Dana Farber Cancer Center, so Vann could be there. Everyone at the wedding wore Captain America T-shirts.
Friends have started doing a “Snow Swim Challenge” and posting it on Facebook and YouTube. This has given their family moments of joy and much happiness. It is the highlight of their lives right now. Laughter is the best medicine.
Yesterday my school participated in the challenge! It was one of the best things we have done. It took giving to another level. Not only did it lift their spirits, it lifted mine as well.
Here is the YouTube video below. Please share this, as March is Colon Cancer Awareness month. I want to be able to tell Vann that people all over the world (you) have seen this. I hope you are as lucky as I am, and get the opportunity to compete in a challenge and make a difference. Never underestimate the power of Giving and Happiness.