I'm sure you already made up your mind if you are going to even read or respond to my latest email being sent. You're probably already bracing yourself for another one of my heartfelt pleas to save some stranger, mom, child in Africa. I don't blame you, I really don't. The world is filled with people asking for help. You can't even drive down the street without having a person with a sign begging for money at your window. Every store you go to there are donation jars at the checkout and you are asked if you want to give, when in all honesty all want is to buy your milk and quietly slip away. The buckets are passed every Sunday at church, your children come home every few months with another cookie fundraiser, your mailbox is littered with free address labels in hope you will send money. Times are tough. We are all struggling economically and to be quite honest most of us just want to forget life's problems, ignore the latest world conflict. We don't want to hear about another starving child, a catastrophic event that killed 1000's, the latest unemployed stressed out mom or dad that killed their family....It's just all so much. Then to top it off I send out these emails asking for help for some cause or another usually involving some dire need.
I want to tell you my reason for this email is to just say, "HI"....but you all know me better than that (I hope:) The thing is I love you all too much to not share with you a chance to not only be part of a story that is beautiful and inspiring, but to help write it a few chapters in a young lady's life.
This is the story of The Beautiful Stranger.
Do you ever wonder why certain people are in your life?
I pass hundreds of people a day during my normal life of driving, shopping, schooling, work.
I look in cars as I drive by...wondering what are they thinking? How was their morning? Do they know they are loved? Do they know...really know that they are special? Has anyone told them, showed them that they are worthy.
That they are enough...
just as they are.
I meet people everyday.
I just know
I just feel..
are suppose to be a part of my life.
I can't help but to stop my life.
Look at them.
I met someone by chance a year and a half ago...
Normally she would just be a face...
another person that I pass by..
But not this time.
She was my waitress when I went to Phoenix to meet some blog friends.
Tattooed, outspoken, and intense.
I loved her immediately.
I have kept in touch through Facebook and visited her a few months ago.
When I was laying in my hospital bed last week...
so was she.
I had my husband and my church family around me...
She is 26 years old.
She had a 2 inch mass removed from her ovary,
an ovary removed
then the other one untwisted.
She needs probably a hysterectomy.
She is a student
and has no income.
She is waiting to see if she has cancer...
she was just a face...
of a hundred
that I pass by each day.
she has a name.
she has a cause.
Her name is Crystal.
(Since I first wrote that almost 3 years ago, I have had the privilege to get to know her even more. I think of her often, but haven’t spoken with her since last year)
Until I came across her blog.
Fast forward a year.....She now has stage 4 cancer. She is more beautiful than the day I met her. Her bald head from chemo gives her tattoos even more life. Each tattoo is a story in itself.
In January she was told she has 6-12 months to live.I found out yesterday. I cried and cried. 27 years old filled with more passion and life than anyone I have ever met. She started a blog to journal her life with cancer.
On her blog she created a list.
A bucket list of sorts.
As I sat down to read her list preparing to cry....It hit me.
I can't save her life.
I can't put out some heartfelt plea on my blog to raise money to save her or stop death.
I can however help her live the life she has to the fullest and cross the things off her list.1.Win something (contest)
2.Volunteer in a 3rd world country
3.Hold a newborn baby
4.Pet a lion
5.See an Elephant
7. Get a tattoo on my hand and neck
I have 48 hours to raise the money needed to cross 7 things off her list...and make some of her biggest and wildest dreams come true!
The only option is for her to come with me on my Because every Mother Matters mission trip to Ethiopia on Feb 27th! That is in two weeks. She just finished a chemo round and has her strength and at that time she will already be 2 months into her 182 days left! The October trip I have planned is too far out considering the circumstances.
* I do believe in miracles, I do believe she can live a long and full life and the Doctos can be wrong. I also do know that life is too short and all of our days are numbered...With that said...I will not pretend to be a fortune teller and I don’t know how many days any of us have...I do know from the depths of my soul that I believe we should all live as we only have 182 days left....and treat each other daily as it will be our last.*
This time I am not asking for help to save a life....I am begging you to help this girl who once was just a stranger in a restaurant..live the life she has left to the fullest! In order to mark these 7 things off her list though I need you!
The contest she won didn't even exist until the moment I saw her desire to win a contest on her bucket list just two hours ago. What is the contest she won?
The Beautiful Stranger contest.I, being the sole judge, chose her because she has a name, a cause, and a dying to live life wish....Her name is Crystal and doggoneit... she won her first contest and she will be awarded a volunteer trip to Africa to hold babies in an orphanage, be taught to knit by a bedridden 20 year old orphan that is working hard to knit her way to her own home, pet a lion, we will find an elephant and have our hands tattooed!
Now here is how you can win a contest too.
First :Read her blog. http://182days.com/
Second: Leave her a comment on her blog. She asked what you would do if you had 182 days left to live. I encourage you to think about that and leave your own list for her to read.
Third: I NEED TO RAISE $2000.00 IN 48 HOURS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE ANY OF THIS POSSIBLE! I FOUND AIRFARE FOR $1500 and we will need about $500 to cover her two weeks in Ethiopia.
So, what do you win? You get to help write the final chapters of a young ladies life and be part of a beautiful story of a young women who is dying, but refuses to spend her days waiting at death’s door. She is instead fully living more than most of us ever have.
I encourage you to
Give your heart
Write your own list
Donate to her wish list
get to know the beautiful stranger
You will be blessed.
Her name is Crystal
she is loved!
PLEASE DO NOT DONATE ON HER BLOG FOR THIS CONTEST! IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF HER STORY AND HELP US RAISE THE 2K NEEDED TO CROSS 7 DREAMS OFF HER LIST...THEN PLEASE DONATE TO MY PAYPAL ACCOUNT AND PUT CRYSTAL IN THE NOTES.
She has no idea I made up this contest to help her experience 7 of her biggest wishes.
P.S.- If you know James Franco her other wish is to kiss him;)
The link to donate can be found on my blog