FROM SY’S MOM: THE “NICE” LIST- 2019

FROM SY’S MOM: THE “NICE” LIST- 2019

Lorraine by the sea
  1. Our wonderful supporters – Your generosity is enough to make even the Grinch’s heart grow 5 sizes bigger and warms mine to no end. We have funded 24 young adults so far this year; thank you to everyone who gave of monetary donations, volunteered at our events, provided donations of gift certificates or other goodies for our events, and to those who hosted face book fundraisers for birthdays or other holidays (we have raised over $3,100 from these alone in 2019 as of today, which is so cool). 
  2. The young adults we are privileged to serve – Dealing with cancer is hard work physically, emotionally, and mentally; the ability to help through the gifts we give, to make a difference in people’s lives in such tangible ways, is invaluable on so many levels.  Some powerful words we have heard from our recipients: that the gift they received from Sy’s Fun:D helped them to feel more like who they were before cancer struck; that they found themselves smiling in way that they had not done in a while; and that it is very moving it is to know that people who don’t even know them personally care so much. 
  3. Our Board of Directors – truly it is a pleasure to work side by side (or in my case predominately via video chat) with everyone who represents Sy’s Fun:D on our Board of Directors.  While we discuss serious business and do the work needed to move forward, we also laugh together, rejoice at the good news in one another’s lives, and provide shoulders to lean on during the rough spots. And because they know me so well, when my ideas get too crazy, they reel me in.  
  4. Getting Sy’s Fun:D settled into a new office space – It’s been a little over a year since I made the big move from Massachusetts to the west coast. And I must admit, while New England will have my heart forever, Southern California is a gorgeous state with its majestic mountains and fresh ocean air all close by, not to mention the warm sunny weather that graces us a good part of the year, and the oranges and limes I can pick fresh from my front yard! I have been given the blessing of a loving sweetheart as well, something I wasn’t prepared to find at this time in my life. Of course, there have been moments – sometimes days even, where I felt overwhelmed with getting Sy’s Fun:D settled into a new place. Eventually the office was painted, curtains hung, boxes unpacked, and files put away.  The photo of Sy in his Red Sox hat now hangs proudly in the new office, his mischievous smile and that twinkle in his brilliant blues captured forever in time. 
  5. Making new friends amidst the “old” forever friends – When I was in Brownies, we used to sing a song that went, “make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.”  I didn’t quite grasp the meaning of that at the age of seven, when I was still trying to figure out how to bring my troll dolls to life so that I could boss them into cleaning my room, but I get it now.  Since moving to California, I have met many wonderful people, and I also got to spend time with many of my loved ones throughout the year, making new memories. Sy’s Fun:D is making new friends along the way as well, and we are as appreciative of each new supporter as we are of our older “golden” friends. Oh, and I had the honor of meeting up with Eric Galvez from MassKickers this year, truly a highlight for me. He’s brilliant, big hearted, and an incredible inspiration.  Check out his foundation at: https://www.masskickers.org/.  
I know that life is not always easy, and sometimes it’s more difficult than any of us could have imagined it to be.  I hope that you all have felt celebrated through your good times and supported and surrounded with love through your rough times in 2019.