July 16, 2012
Jennifer was one of the first friends I made after moving to Georgia. I met her at my morning boot camp workout. She was spunky, friendly and seemed happy. Her quips to our instructor always gave voice to how painful the circuit was: "you're only cheating yourself," she'd joke when we were wanting to quit after our 100th burpee. About two months into our friendship I come to find out that Jen has a 10 year old daughter battling cancer. Her daughter Lilly has Neuroblastomo and to say it's rough is an understatement. You may already know Lily as the sweet little girl who sang the national anthem at an Atlanta Braves game a few years back. Her head wrapped in a bandana, her voice, piercingly sweet. Jen's beautiful family includes her husband and another younger daughter. Photos of all of them at a fun event for kids with cancer grace her Facebook page. Sometimes Jen will have Lily text me when I'm on the air. Talk about a reminder of who could be listening. Besides my CCR format, Jen punches around the dial in search of that right song or message to fit her mood. So as you prep your way towards this supposed mom with 2.5 kids in a mini van going to a soccer game, know on the flip side that it could be a mom in a white BMW X5 driving her kid to a chemo treatment too. By the way, if you pray, Lily has an immediate need. www.prayingforlily.com
She Buzz Words
Right Now She Could be
Driving to a doctors appointment
Thinking of someone she misses
She Could be a
Pie Shop Owner
"Why does grass need to be cut so often"
A "No Spend Day"
Once a week she spends no extra cash, just to get a handle on her finances and budget. She uses this day to brew her coffee at home and to throw out all the tempting catalogues that sit in her mailbox.
"Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I'm with you, kid. Let's go." – Maya Angelo
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