His treatment plan included chemotherapy during a period of his life in which is was going through major physical and mental body developments. Thus, as an adult, he now has the challenge of a cognitive disability.
Through the most challenging part of this journey, we were blessed with the awesome support of family, friends, church family, and friends of friends. Even strangers volunteer their time and financial support to the hospital.
Given this life experience, it has become a passion of mine to do the same for others - Giving Back - Paying It Forward.
My son is an athlete in the Special Olympics of NC. In this program he is accepted as is. Nothing to be ashamed of, no funny looks, no being taken advantage of, lots of encouragement, lots of learning, and lots of friends. Not being laughed at, but laughing with. What a great program!
One way of giving back is to spread the word about the volunteer-based Special Olympics Scarf project.
There is a wonderful blogger who has dedicated much time coordinating this project year after year. You can find all of the details here:
2016 Special Olympics Scarf Project
Of course, I'll be making for North Carolina. But there are many states participating, and the list is growing. Check it out. Join me in Paying It Forward.