A unique and special idea for those children who are disabled, with illnesses and
cancer is to celebrate Christmas in July. There was a Hallmark movie, called,
“November Christmas” that also follows the concept that “Life is too short. . .”
From babies to a specific college freshman basketball player named Lauren, who
have dealt with cancer and deadly diseases and illnesses, we are sending out our
heartfelt wishes for healing and relief of pain. Wishes for families to keep up the
valiant work in making their lives comfortable and meaningful. This post is not
meant to depress readers, but to show how much others are willing to extend
themselves to make special ones ~ young people’s lives~ dreams come to fruition.
Brian Rutledge has property set up in Ohio, where he has “Santa’s Hideaway Hollow.”
His friend, from Mecca, Ohio, B. B. Simons arrived in July with his own rendition of
the Tow Mater, (the red truck which has a country accent), in the children’s animated
films from “Cars.” His Tow Mater had a large furry white beard that caught children’s
eyes. Their hearts and hopes to see Santa, fulfilled by Brian’s large-framed Santa,
dispensing not only “Ho Ho Ho’s” but a grand and festive meal, ice cream treats and
other wonderful holiday ‘treats,’ such as red tubular ‘balloon hats,’ with white tubular
‘beards,’ blown by one of the numerous volunteer elves. Children wore these, along
with visiting a ‘nails and beauty’ salon, where colorful nails with glitter were ones
that little girls and boys displayed.
The red clad volunteer ‘elves’ arrived on horseback, in golf carts and other means of
transportation for this event, where three large tour buses with over 300 hundred
people, families and children unloaded. Some were shy, some were outgoing and
dancing to the beat at the drum circle, where a parent of two special children who
include one with battling sickle cell anemia and hydrocephalus were there.
Toys and gifts given by donations from others, are specifically labeled, since Santa
Brian remembers the children who have come here a few times, along with messages
sent ahead from guests’ adult members, making sure the gifts fit the little ones’
requests. Santa’s Workshop is filled with wonder and excitement by all who enter.
The song, “It’s a Small World” (After All), reflects the true meaning of this place and
the holiday spirit.
There is a young college freshman basketball player, named Lauren Hill, who has been
battling a serious case of terminal cancer, found in an inoperable mass in her brain.
She came to Ohio’s Mt. St. Joseph University, fully intending to be a basketball ‘force
to reckon with,’ but her aggressive cancer has caused the NCAA to give permission
and there is a special game to watch, nationally played on Fox Sports today. It is held
at 2 p.m. so put Lauren and her team in your thoughts and prayers. The Cincinnati
location of Xavier College basketball courts, with Hiram University versus Lauren’s
team causes me to hold my breath and heart in a pinch. I just felt so much emotion,
reading this in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sunday November 2, 2014.
The part that grabbed me and would not let me stop from writing this post, was the
doctors and family did not even expect Lauren to be able to wait for the originally
scheduled November 15, 2014 game. Special arrangements between her Coach, Dan
Benjamin, and Hiram’s girls’ basketball Coach Emily Hays, plus the permission of
the NCAA meant this is like a ‘last wish granted’ to Lauren. Everyone working to
make this ‘happen’ deserve: “Thanks!”
Go Mt. St. Joseph University Girls’ Basketball!
For those who are professionals in hospitals and doctors’ offices, all those who teach
and touch these young peoples lives, through paid positions and volunteering, all
are ones who get a ‘Big Thank You’ for making a difference in these families’ lives.
The ones who leave money to Hospice and “Make A Wish” foundation, along with
cancer research programs, also are in our hearts and minds.
Life, death, Christmas and basketball…