“I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
These were the first gifts I sent out on behalf of Guitars 4 Good.
Jessica and Hayley are sisters. When Jessica was a baby she was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, she is now 7 years old and in remission. Her sister Hayley was also diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in the summer of 2015 when she was 4 years old.
I had seen a photo of the sisters when they hadn't seen each other for 3 weeks due to Hayley being in hospital, with their hands pressed together against the glass on a hospital door. So I designed personalised cushions which include a photo of them together, as I thought that with their 'sister cushions' (which I also call 'comfort cushions') they'll always be able to hug each other even if not in person.
I was excited to send these personalised gifts out and when I saw this photo, which the girls' mum took, it made me teary eyed (in a good way).
She also put the photo on Hayley's Facebook page, 'Help 4 Hayley', where it got 117 'likes' and lovely comments such as "What a lovely idea" and "These are gorgeous...so personal".
I paid for these myself until Guitars 4 Good had some funds.
I haven't hidden people's names as they are all public posts on Facebook, and so can be seen by anyone who looks on Facebook.
Social media feedback.
I have, thanks to a recent donation, been able to do a couple more 'comfort cushions'.
One was for 5 year old Mia Chambers of South Wales. She has been having treatment for neuroblastoma at the Rainbow Ward at the Noah's Arc Children's Hospital in Cardiff. I therefore chose a rainbow coloured design for Mia's cushion.
The second one was for Isabel's mother Vicky - Isabel's story is elsewhere on the website. The cushion arrived just in time for what should have been Isabel's 3rd birthday in August.
A close-up of the cushions.
The cushion on the right was sent to Phoebe Flo's mother in South Wales.
Phoebe was diagnosed with a very rare inoperable brain tumour at the age of just 4 years old. She lost her fight in November 2016 at the age of 5.
Phoebe Flo liked rainbows and so I put her name surrounded by 3 delicate rainbow hearts and 5 butterflies for each of her 5 years.
The cushions on the left and below were done for Rhiley's bereaved mother and sister.
Rhiley was diagnosed with an aggressive, deadly form of cancer called AT/RT at the age of 2 in June 2014.
Rhiley's full story is on the Guitars 4 Good website.
Lottie features on the Smile File elsewhere on the website. She likes rainbows and unicorns ... so that's what she got, as her wish was my command.
Lottie with her cushion.