Well, it's 2:30 am, and my head is pounding but of course I am not sleeping. Instead, I am doing what I do best in this kind of situtation, writing. Firstly, let me start by saying thank you to the many friends and family that volunteer so much of their time every year to make Georgia's Journey of Hope a reality. Thank you also to all of our friends that donated such amazing prizes. This year was no exception. So many of you stepped up to the plate again and I can't express what this means to us as a family.
The fundraiser allows us to celebrate our daughter's life but it also raises much needed awareness and funding for a cruel and devastating disease. For Calla and Maya, Georgia's Journey of Hope allows them to publicly acknowledge a sister that they continue to love with many friends that knew Georgia and other friends that have never met her. It also allows them to see that they continue to be loved and supported and that love really can transcend tragedy.
This afternoon started out with a pretty packed house but by 3:00 it had almost emptied. Keep in mind that we still hald 1.5 hours to go. Unlike the last two years there was no 'second wave'. We had hoped that by having Jets tickets more people would be drawn in. Indeed, there were many people who sent money or just popped in to purchase raffle tickets. The Jets tickets are definitely a hot commodity! Despite the approximate $8000 in prizes we did not draw in the crowds.
The truth is that many, many families chose to do something else this year. In some ways I understand. I have heard all of the reasons... I also know that this was probably the last Sunday of mid twenty temperatures until spring. When you put your heart and soul into something however, it's hard not to take personally and I have no qualms about telling you all that I do. I do take it personally.
Two and half years later, and Georgia's Journey of Hope is no longer a priority for many. People figure that we are happy and moved on. If you have looked at our beautiful family pictures on facebook I can understand how you would think that. We are happy. But, please, please please make no mistake. We have not 'moved on.' We live each and every day without one of our children.
I would love to scream at and shake some of you to make you understand how that feels but that would be futile and truthfully I hope that you will never truly understand. I wouldn't wish this kind of understanding on my worst enemy.
Love to you all,
8 Years an Angel
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