For the sixth act in our 12 Acts of Kindness campaign, Random Acts development officer Jennifer gifted us with this touching guest blog about three kids whose Christmas holiday included some well-deserved comfort….
Megan is celebrating her 14th birthday with a new bed, and she’s very excited. However, her bed isn’t like those of most other 14-year-olds — her bed is a crib.
Megan and her two siblings Easton and Reagan all stuffer from Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata (RCDP), a disease which shortens the trunk of the body, and affects the eyesight. Often, children born with this disease don’t live past 10 years old. Megan had been sharing a bed with her mother Vicki for the last 10 years. Her siblings too have their own cribs, along with video stations to help entertain them.
Upon learning about the DeHaas family, Random Acts knew that it could step in to help make this a very special Christmas and birthday for Megan. “We were given such a short life span for her and she is miraculously still here and still very happy,” explained Vicki, after Random Acts reached out to her this month and introduced the idea of being involved with its 12 Acts of Kindness campaign. “I can’t think of a better person to really spoil than my sweet and cheerful teenage daughter! She loves her brother and sister and loves being able to see them happy as well.”
Using funds donated by our generous supporters, the Random Acts team was able to buy a crib, a video monitor and a memory foam mattress for Megan. We also purchased new memory foam mattresses for Easton and Reagan’s cribs.
“When [she found out she had] her own bed, Megan couldn’t contain her laughter — it was clear how happy she was,” said Vicki. “She was wide eyed in wonder as we put her in her new crib and sang along with the Frozen video we played for her on her new TV. Her brother and sister [sitting on their own new mattresses nearby] also gave huge smiles of approval.”
Megan’s smile was the only thanks Random Acts needed to know we had made a difference. It was wonderful to be able to provide a small bit of comfort to three amazing children.