The worst day

Elife

Yesterday turned out to be not a good day for me. Last night I achieved perhaps 3 hours of actual sleep. I wake up at 4:20 in the morning to get ready for work and I was not happy to do so.

As I was getting ready to leave the house this morning, I heard the upstairs bathroom door close. A moment later, my youngest daughter wandered downstairs to give me a hug and say “I love you”.

I was reminded of lots of important things at that moment. One of them is that, without Boston Children’s Hospital and one particularly gifted surgeon, she literally would not have been able to speak those words to me.

That’s why I support Extra Life. 

In the abstract it’s a wonderful charity that does great things for kids through the Children’s Miracle Network. In a very concrete way, one of the hospitals this charity supports reconstructed my then 2.5 year old daughter’s face over a series of operations that repaired her cleft lip. 

She’s still got a long road ahead of her, with more surgery in the near future, and while no one is looking forward to it, we know we’ll be in superb hands. We _know_ that everyone at the hospital will do their best and that our daughter will have a richer life for it. 

So if you have a dollar, I’d ask you to please donate. 100% of every dollar you give goes to the hospitals to support important, life saving, life changing programs. 

We all have bad days, so let’s support those folks who’ll need it on what may be the worst day of their lives. The kids who will face illness, injury and corrective surgery and the families that face these things right along with them. 

Thanks.

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