This year’s Kicking for Miracles fundraiser was extra special. Every year Chase’s Tae Kwon Do studio raises money for Dell Children’s Hospital. They give out prizes for the top three fundraisers. The first place prize was an overnight stay and 2 days of play at Great Wolf Lodge, second place was a pack of Texas Stars hockey game tickets and a meet and greet with the players, and third place was Beats headphones. Chase really wanted to win first place to give our family a weekend of fun, so I hit up my wonderful friends and family on Facebook. They donated $400 to the cause! Both of the kids then contributed, we cashed in our bucket of coins, and I rounded it up to $500 from there. When we turned in our money we found out two other students donated over $1,000, so we thought we were out of the running.
The day of the event they started the announcement of winners. They started with, “In third place, with a donation of $500…” and I grabbed Chase’s arm. We just stared at each other, wide-eyed, and then they said his name. He was beaming. Sure, it wasn’t a trip to Great Wolf Lodge, but he really wanted those headphones. In fact, I had already put them in my Amazon shopping cart for Christmas, after hearing him talk about them so much. (And man am I glad I didn’t have to pay for them!)
It seems kind of silly but I cried watching him run up there to get his headphones. I hadn’t seen him beam like that in awhile and it was just nice to see pure joy come out of him. It was a ray of light through the clouds in his life these days. I am so thankful for all the friends and family who donated to the cause. All together the event raised over $16,000 (and both kids had fun breaking boards, too)!