It's that time of year again - time to pause to appreciate all that we have, and to enjoy the company of family and special friends. That may sound cliche, but to me it's very real because I am privileged to witness how Bounce attracts the incredible people and brings out their best every day.
I met a teenager last night who has battled chronic illness her entire life and was struck by how committed she is to giving back and doing for others. Her passion is directly fueled by her own battle with pain, fear, uncertainty and not fitting in - and by the knowledge that despite her challenges, she still has much to be thankful for. As she outlined her plan for launching a seven year volunteer project for Bounce, her last comment was, "I wish there had been a Bounce when I was little. It would have really helped me and my family a lot!"
Thanks to each and every one of you, now there is. Whether you donate time and talent, give of your treasure, or support and inspire your fellow Bounce members, we could not build community and change lives for the better without your monumental generosity!
My very best to each of you, our friends/donors/members/volunteers for a blessed Thanksgiving. May you have as many reasons to be thankful as you've given to me!
Joan M. Steltmann
For Bounce families 'thankful' takes on new meaning as well. What many take for granted, school/work/holidays, saving/planning for special events, or grabbing a bite to eat without lugging bulky and 'stare-attracting' medical equipment is challenging at best for them. Bounce provides opportunities to let go and simply enjoy bonding together in a loving and accepting community. READ ON!