I am beyond excited to announce my filing to have ‘A Rae of Hope Foundation’ incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of California!
“A Rae of Hope Foundation’ will create and deliver “superhero kits”, which include toys and activities, along with a superhero cape, designed to remind kids of the superheroes they are and encourage them during their battle.
When I was sick, people would always acknowledge the strength I had to fight, and even though I felt that I didn’t have any other choice, it empowered me to keep going.
It’s hard to be a kid when you’re sick, weak and stuck inside of a hospital bed with cords hooking you up to a machine. It’s hard to be a kid and miss out on quality family time, school and holiday festivities. Instead of enjoying the holiday of eating until you no longer can breathe and enjoying family company, I was having a NJ nasal feeding tube implanted through my nose into my small intestine, that hooked up to a pump to manually feed me for survival. That’s not how any child should spend their Thanksgiving, or let alone any day of the year, but that is the reality for millions of children across the world. But, one thing that make the days easier is play, because playing allows you to forget your illness and feel like a ‘kid’.
My goal is to hopefully, even for at least one minute, bring some extra joy into a child’s day and ensure that they know they are supported and that their strength is recognized and admired.
Of course, being 18, a full-time nursing student, pageant titleholder, self-proclaimed ‘movie critic’ (my boyfriend and I love watching movies and critiquing them, we probably watch about 4 or more a week…oops), AND now a President of my own nonprofit will be time consuming and exhausting. However, I am well aware of the challenges that this passion of mine imposes, and I recognize the dedication and diligence that is going to have to go into it, but I cannot sit back any longer with this desire in my heart to make a difference in the lives of others.
God blessed me with a difficult and arduous life, but a life that provides me pure satisfaction, joy, peace and gratitude. Through lots of prayer and reflection, I strongly believe He put me through my suffering for the benefit of other people. I have the opportunity to find strength in Him and follow His calling for me in allowing me to suffer in my health, for the joy of others. And strangely, I find peace and happiness in my pain and suffering because I am certain this is what He intended for my life.
My passion for helping children goes deeper than wanting a child to get better; to me, it is about bring even one more minute of happiness, one more smile, one more laugh or one more ‘Rae of Hope’ into these children’s lives.
Thank you for supporting me on my journey to live out my dreams and ambitions, absolutely none of what I have accomplished could have been done without your unwavering support.
If you would like to donate to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or view/purchase ‘A Rae of Hope’ customized and personally designed t-shirt, please click the links below!
Half Marathon Donations: https://www.gofundme.com/8pa32kvw
T-Shirt Purchases: https://www.booster.com/araeofhope?type=zoom&side=front