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OT: The Incredible Brooks

  • I've thought about bringing this up a few times here, but I wanted to share with you someone I've been helping monetarily off and on for 5-6 months now.

    Brooks is a little boy from Hendersonville that is battling cancer. I was told about it via Facebook by an old middle school friend from Lenoir City. They were looking for donations to help with expenses. Those here that know me know my wife and I are more than happy to help those in need. We donated a couple of times to try and provide a blessing to the family.

    I have exchanged a few messages with his dad over the months. We've followed Brooks and his recovery with great interest. I don't know if I've hated cancer more in my life than I do now. Leave that little boy alone!

    Last month, his dad started a t-shirt company thing to help with expenses and to help other families as well. They've made two styles of shirts...we've bought two of each, not so much as we need shirts but to help support this project.

    A few days ago, someone on facebook asked him about possibly being interviewed. That article is available online and I'm including it here. Read it if you have the time.

    T-shirt biz helps cancer victims | The Tennes


    When Cody and Kari Russell found out in May of this year their four-year-old son Brooks had a brain tumor lodged in his spinal cord, their days quickly became a whirlwind of hospital visits for a surgery, and chemotherapy treatments.

    http://www.tennessean.com/viewart/20121221/HENDERSONVILLE01/312210144/T-shirt-biz-helps-cancer-victims
  • +1! That's awesome.

    I've realized this year around the holiday there are so many people need help. I spread my high school students so thin with giving. I asked them to give until it hurts. Hopefully they'll take that with them. But I'd encourage all you guys to give a little, If you can and haven't already. Lots of people need it.

  • No doubt.

    As a little boy in St Louis, my first memories were of getting anything I wanted. My dad had a great job and I merely had to say "I want that!!" to the television...and soon enough I would have it.

    My dad lost that job when I was 5, and we plunged to the opposite depth. We moved to a little town in northeast Arkansas while my dad scraped around for work. We went without power for a few months at one point, living by candlelight at night. The neighbor was nice enough to allow us to use their bathroom for hot water. We played charades and board games by day and hide and go seek at night. My first grade teacher, God bless her, sent me and my kindergarten brother home with new school clothes at one point. As bad as that was, I've seen worse. I knew a family living in an old school bus. Some incredibly great people, people that didn't know me at the time, helped us when we needed it. We wouldn't have had gifts for Christmas, haircuts for school, or many other things without the generosity of others.

    I didn't realize how crazy of a swing in my life that was until years later. I believe this is where my heart for giving has come from. My brother, who has much less than I do, has spent this past year giving what he can. It has really changed him.

    I've been blessed to be where I am now. I am lucky to have a wife who loves giving just as much as I do. It's flat out exciting to have that in my life.

    As long as I can, I will volunteer in the community and give of what I can to others. After all, there may be that little Poli Rules kid out there that needs my help and I could change his future and life for the good.

    This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by polirules 16 months ago

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