And when thou art weary I’ll find thee a bed, Of mosses and flowers to pillow thy head. – John Keats
It all started with a pillow…
In the first week of many hospital stays, two women wearing yellow shirts walked into our room and kindly handed me the most amazing pillow. Little did I know that Cal’s Angels “yellow shirt crew” would become much like the comfort of a favorite pillow.
Our son Greyson was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in August 2017 – he was just 14 months old. I can recall every minute of those dreadful days – waiting for test results from the local ER, getting transferred by ambulance to Lurie Children’s Hospital, and being given the exact diagnosis 3 days later. Our lives were forever changed.
Like the comfort of a favorite pillow, Cal’s Angels has always been around during our frequent and lengthy stays at Lurie’s – whether to stop by with a greeting, bring lunch, hand out toys, or host an ice cream party. While isolated in a hospital room with a helpless child and wishing you could be anywhere else, they appear like a dream, bringing smiles, comfort, and concern not only for our wee warriors, but for the parents and siblings.
I remember seeing the faces of our kids light up when they looked out the window to see that Cal’s Angels decorated our house with Christmas lights. In Fall 2018, Cal’s Angels honored Greyson during a high school football game while the whole school rallied behind us to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer.
Every day we are grateful for Greyson’s current health with all that he endures. This journey we continue is not an easy one. However, the love and support from so many incredible people in our lives is immeasurable. – Nina, Greyson’s mom
Be the “pillow.” Provide comfort when needed most. Support Cal’s Angels with your gift today.
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. – Maya Angelou