Kyla McCullough

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Wanna Help? Become A K.I.D.

Sounds easy, right? actually is.

One of the advantages of working behind the scenes on The Kyla McCullough Gift Fund is that we get to see the good side of humanity. I am repeatedly amazed at people's response to our daughter's life...and then their willingness and desire to help out with building Kyla's fund. With everything that our family has been through, it can be very uplifting. Many times, though, it can be difficult to find a way that people can help.

In the last few days, we have come up with a program that anybody can implement, and that will surely make a big impact on the building of The Kyla McCullough Gift Fund. We are very excited to introduce the K.I.D. (Kyla's Inspired Delegate) Program. Here is how it works...if you (yes you), can get 8 people (not including yourself and a guest) that have not attended one of our dinner & auction events in the past to commit to a reservation at this year's Benefit Dinner & Auction, we will provide you with 2 free reservations for the event. In becoming a K.I.D. you will also be given the option to reserve a table for you and all of your guests to sit together at the event. In addition, each K.I.D. will receive special recognition during the evening's program.

One of the many factors in the success of the Kyla McCullough Gift Fund is our ability to get people to come to our events. One of the most difficult things to do is to draw people that don't know us to our event...but this is where you (yes, you again) come in. While we all share a common bond, we each have our own circles of relationships...friends at work, at church, family, neighbors, endless number of people. There may be no greater contribution that can be made to the Kyla McCullough Gift Fund than for you ( to bring a mere 8 people from within your circle of relationships to our Benefit Dinner & Auction.

Now, we know this may not be for everybody...but we do believe that it will be a good fit for some. If you feel like you want to be a K.I.D. (and at our age, who doesn't)...then print off the K.I.D. form, recruit 8 guests, fill out the form, and send it in with the reservation money. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our co-coordinator, Lisa Ramage (her information is on the form).

Lastly, there is just over two weeks to get your reservations you ( again) had better get on it! :)

We are very excited about this year's event and we hope that you will join us in our attempt to make an impact on the lives of children living with cancer.

Thanks for all of your support!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Seeking Normalcy

I stumbled across this article yesterday and I just felt compelled to share it with all of you.

Boy's Wish Granted On Big Yellow School Bus

I was touched by this young boy's wish....something that many of our children take for granted every day. Many times we think of the wishes that Make-A-Wish is able to fulfill for these kids as being extravagant trips, or meeting some incredibly famous person...but I think that some of the most touching wishes are those where these kids just look for some normalcy in their life. For these kids, just having moments in their life that are near normal again are a wish come true.

Hats off to Make-A-Wish again for peppering this young boy's life with a bit of normalcy.

If you come across an article about a wish being granted for children that touches your heart, please feel free to post it here in a comment and share it with all of us.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Make Your Reservation Today!

"Mom... can I have a big party and invite all my friends and listen to loud music? I want lots of pizza, and ice cream. And when I see all my friends having a good time I will be happy."

Those were the words Kyla said to me the morning she was coming home from the hospital for the first time. Kyla was able to come home much earlier then we had all expected, her recovery was going very well and she wasn't in as much pain as all the doctor's thought she would be in. I was sitting on her hospital bed near her feet and she was slightly sitting up with her white blanky holding her head up. Her smile had become "crooked" but just as beautiful when she smiled. I saw the look in her eyes when she was talking about having all her friends over to have a big party. But I think the words that struck me the most were the last ones, "...when I see all my friends having a good time...I will be happy." Kyla wasn't thinking of herself, she was thinking of all those who she loved and cared about.

I truly hope Kyla can see the party we are now planning in her name. We greatly encourage you to join is not something you want to miss! If you are interested in attending this year's Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction, please fill out the reservation form and send it in soon.

We hope to see you all there!