When you first wake up in the morning, it’s quite possibly the very first thing you do, and yet, you don’t even have to think about it. You open your eyes, you yawn, and sit up.
Then, you stretch your legs and put your feet on the floor, and stand up. Simple as that. Simple, perhaps, but not for everyone. According to a survey conducted last April by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, one in every 50 Americans live with some form of paralysis. That’s 5.6 million people.
Actor Tommy Lee Jones doesn’t live with paralysis, and yet he is not emotionally immune to the plight of people who are paralyzed. The “No Country for Old Men” star is honorary chairman of the annual Destination Fashion event, a fundraiser for the Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis. (The Buoniconti Fund is the fundraising arm of The Miami Project, which Jones also supports). As reported on the Look to the Stars Web site, “More than 2,000 of Miami’s finest came out for the star-studded fundraiser” in March.
So, while walking is something that is considered a luxury by many, it is indeed something that nobody should take for granted. The Miami Project has been working on making that luxury a commonplace commodity for all for nearly 25 years. And, until they have accomplished that goal, it remains to be seen what I will do to further the cause. Well, I won’t sit idly by, that’s for sure.
Here’s a brief update on the situation in Haiti. This morning, the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, already ravaged by last week’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake, received another terrifying jolt. This time, it was a 6.1 aftershock that upset the devastated area around Port-au-Prince.
I cannot possibly put into words the shock and utter horror I felt when I read the news this morning, while on the bus to UCF. It left me livid. I want to say that my entire heart goes out to Haiti and its people, and I truly admire the efforts that are being made on the part of countries all around the globe to help this country get back on its feet. Let us all keep the people of Haiti, as well as those who have visited Haiti and are over there, in our prayers.
God Bless you all,
P.S. One more update for those of you in dire need of some happy news– I just opened a letter from UCF stating that I made the Dean’s List for the fall semester! (I seriously thought it was bad news before I opened it.)