So Kool It's Hot, So Hot It's Kool
In February, I will celebrate 10 years of employment at Le Bonheur, and the longer I serve here, the more I’m convinced that Le Bonheur is truly a miraculous place. Each year, more than 250,000 children receive care through Le Bonheur, and I have the rare privilege of working closely with many of Le Bonheur’s caregivers, patients, and families.
In honor of my third year “running” (stumbling/waddling/surviving) the Pumpkin Run as Kool-Aid Man, I’ve set a goal to raise $3,333.33 for Le Bonheur. On Oct. 21, I will take to the streets for these reasons:
- Clinical excellence is what we do here. Le Bonheur is ranked as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals in eight out of nine specialties, and we have achieved the highest possible rankings in nursing excellence and trauma care. But it’s the heart of our hospital and the commitment to care for the whole child and the whole family that keeps me – and countless others – coming back day after day. I’m in it for the big red heart.
- I had the humbling privilege of completing my clinical practicum at Le Bonheur for my Master of Divinity. Working as a chaplain in the evenings gave me the opportunity to participate for the first time in many of our bereavement care efforts, bedside counseling, support groups, and other spiritual and social resources. I cried with families, rejoiced with them, prayed with them, held space with them, and gained even more insight into why Le Bonheur is such a rare and sacred place. I’m in it for the kids and families who never, ever stop fighting.
- Let’s face it…this Kool-Aid suit won’t wear itself! If (and when!) we raise $3,333.33, I’ll shimmy into my favorite racewear and do you all proud. OH, YEAH!
I am deeply grateful for any and all support – promotional, financial, moral or otherwise. Le Bonheur matters to Memphis, and your support matters to Le Bonheur. Thank you for your consideration and for the gift of your friendship!
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