Do you know someone in your life who you’d like to help get rising? Christine did, and wrote to us about her dear friend Raquel. In her words: “Raquel has been in my life since I was in the 4th grade, when she became my mom’s hairdresser. Her laugh is infectious. She has been dealt some rough cards, but has never let that dampen her spirit…. Her youngest daughter has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and is wheelchair bound, and her prognosis is not a good one. Raquel is her champion. She puts her own health, sleep, happiness in the backseat for her children…She works tirelessly in her community for other children with illnesses too, and everyone who meets her is warmed by her light.” Christine asked for Together Rising’s help to show Raquel that she is SEEN by her tribe, and to give Raquel a precious, unforgettable time of respite that she so desperately deserved. Our team provided Raquel and her friends with amazing Orioles tickets behind home plate that were donated, a dinner at an Inner Harbor restaurant, and a weekend stay all together in a suite at a waterfront hotel. Christine reported back that they “laughed all […]
Sarah’s favorite shirt reads “Shine Bright” — which is a pretty accurate description of the way she shows up in the world. At the age of 26, Sarah had already accomplished more than most people dream of in a lifetime, including working in prison systems teaching convicted felons how to read, participating with Alternative Directions Americorps program, and volunteering for the CHIP mentoring program to engage the children of incarcerated parents. For all these amazing efforts, she received the Governor’s Volunteer Award in the State of Maryland for her volunteer work. Along with her community engagement, her friends describe her as having a “magical gift of knowing how to come alongside and support her friends who are moms in ways that we never even knew we needed.” Now, Sarah is getting her Masters in Social Work so she can continue to change the world. Her friend Lindsey reached out to us to nominate Sarah for our sHEROES Love Flash Mob and let her know that her exceptional work is seen. Our team partnered with Trader Joe’s to put on a surprise lovefest for Sarah, complete with a donated bag of groceries, a $300 Trader Joe’s gift card, and […]
Do for one, what you wish you could do for everyone. – Andy Stanley This past holiday season, Casey reached out to Together Rising. Casey was having a holiday party, and instead of exchanging gifts together with her friends, she wanted to connect with a family to shower with love. Through the Holiday Hands program, we met Lalania, an adoptive mom of two amazing children, Elijah and Sadie, who were both born with extreme drug exposure in utero. As a result, Elijah had extreme brain bleeding, and the doctors were unsure if he would ever walk or talk. Today, Elijah is on the autistic spectrum and Lalania describes him as an “amazing young man – strong and funny and so talkative.” Sadie is a sweet girl and loves taking care of her brother. After a period of unemployment, Lalania struggled to pay her family’s medical bills, leaving the budget scarce for holiday gifts. The family received shoes as part of our Holiday Hands program, but our team at Together Rising was thrilled to get Casey’s email offer. We connected the family with Casey, and as a result, her party was able to send $650 worth of gift cards […]
Not all superheroes wear capes. Fritz is a beautiful three-year old boy, who was diagnosed with leukemia (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in 2015, and has been progressing through treatment ever since. Known to those who love him as “Super Fritz” — Fritz has been an inspiration to many people in his community. He was named Sacramento Area Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2017 man of the year. This Spring, Fritz was selected to attend the Order of Malta, Western Association USA, Annual Spring Pilgrimage, to Lourdes, France – a once-in-a-lifetime trip for Fritz and his parents. While his costs were covered, his parents’ costs were not, so their friends and family began raising money to help send them on a potentially life-altering trip. Because of your generous donations, we were also able to contribute $1,000 still needed to make this dream a reality. One week later, Fritz and his parents were off on their amazing, healing voyage. Before they left, Fritz’s mom Anna wrote to us. She said, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for contributing to this once in a lifetime experience and the potential for our sweet Fritz to experience a miracle. I know this trip is happening for a reason […]
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