Last year my sister Diane was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a unilateral mastectomy, and for over a year endured chemotherapy, and radiation. She remained very positive throughout her ordeal and had little side affects other than losing her hair. She is now in remission and is cancer free.
Two years ago, the women in my family decided we would plan a tropical vacation for this coming February. Diane, like the rest of us, were planning and praying to go on this once in a life time vacation with our 'girl family'. She has never been on a 'tropical' vacation in her life, and likely hasn't been outside of Canada. Unfortunately, this dream was shattered for her when she heard the dreadful words, "You have cancer!"
When it came time to booking our trip, Diane had not worked in over a year because of her treatments and has a very limited income. She knew she would not be able to afford to go.
My niece Kari, daughter of another sister, came up with the idea for us to pitch in and pay for Diane's trip. We knew what she had been through, and saw her courage and determination to beat the odds. We knew that she would likely never in her life be able to afford a trip of this nature and this would be a once in a life time opportunity for her.
With the financial help of my mom and a few of her sisters and Kari, my sister Diane gets a trip of a lifetime to celebrate her bravery and recovery from breast cancer. What better way to make a difference in someone's life!
When we told her what we were planning all she said was, "I am so grateful! I have the best family in the world! I am going to Mexico! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
It didn't take much from any of us to make this happen for her, but coming together and giving her this gift made her so happy and excited. This random act of kindness not only meant the world to her, but also meant the world to us being able to give it!
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