Tonight, I had to attend a funeral to a close family friend of ours. Her name was Jenniene. She was the lady who inspired me to break out of my shell, be myself, and sing my heart out. I cried for most of the service because I miss her so much, but to avoid my mother seeing me cry I tried to think of other things.
Ever since two years ago, I've wanted to start a charity of some sort. I have been through so much bullying that I really wanted to start something for that. I even went to my school and asked my Life Skills teacher if I could teach a class and tell my story. However, life got sort of busy and it went under the table.
I went to CHOP (which if you don't know, is a very famous and large Children's/Teen's Hospital) for my back and knees. I've had some minor back and knee problems. I am hunched over because I suffer from kyphosis, which I don't really know how to explain. It's hard for me to remind myself to stand up straight. My knees are also double jointed, so they pop and hurt a lot. Anyways, I went to see if I needed surgery or what I could do to fix the problems. I was referred to phyiscal therapy and was told I could get surgery, but that it might be better to just live with it. I thank God every single day that I am healthy. Maybe I could have a straight back or better knees, but I am healthy. Best of all, I am right next door to one of the #1 Children's Hospitals in the WORLD! Some fly in to go to it when I just can hop in the car and go.
Walking through that hospital gave me the shivers. I was never one for hospitals, but this hospital made me extra sad. I saw a bunch of kids without hair, in wheelchairs, breathing tubes on their faces. But every one of them had a smile on their face, which made me smile in return. From that experience, I was determined to pick up my charity thoughts again. My original thought was to raise money to decorate rooms for them. I could give Beliebers some posters and pillowcases and all. But sadly, starting high school got me off that idea.
I found you guys a couple weeks ago and I was just so stunned that you girls came up with that. How generous you were, and truly how great your mission was. During Jenienne's funeral while I was distracting myself, I got to thinking. What if I started an online organization like you guys? I live in New Jersey too, I'm around your age, and working online is one of my strongest suits. It would be easy for me to do. I may not have a lot of followers, but over the years I have become an avid fan of the show 'Gossip Girl' and have a little following. Maybe I could work with that.
I have a group that is fans of a couple, Chuck and Blair. So I thought love ----> HEART! I decided that since I have a big GG following, I could raise some money with that website you guys use for Children's Heart research, working into my time at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia! I think if I get the big accounts to help me in the Gossip Girl fandom, I could raise my goal of $300 and hopefully more :) I'm also hoping that Justin Bieber fans can help me too, since some of them follow.
I have decided my charity is going to be tentatively called "Chairity for Broken Butterflies" because it ties into the show with the name a bit. Chair is the couple name haha.
It is going to work for this organization, International Children's Heart Fund.
Their website: http://www.babyheart.org/
I might make a little video like you guys, i'm not sure yet. But I just wanted to say thank you guys so much for the inspiration and I will be making a donation to yours for my birthday :) I'm going to raise some funds for it at my Sweet 16 I've decided! So thanks and congrats on the $100 mark!
From outside of Philadelphia, PA :)