To everyone who is helping us reach our fundraising goal,
To everyone who is sending messages of support,
To everyone who has given us ideas, information or help,
To everyone who has been keeping Esme in your thoughts and prayers,
I don't think we ever could have imagined the outpouring of support we have received these past few weeks. When I started fundraising for Esme's therapy, I was told not to get my hopes up. That people would not help. That raising that kind of money in a short time was impossible.
But I refused to even let it enter my mind. We would raise the money. Esme would have the therapy she needs. We would do it. I forced myself to trust 100% that the money would be there when we needed it.
At first there were drops. Little raindrops of help. 10 dollars here, 30 there, an idea here, a plan there...
Then a trickle. Then a downpour.
People we haven't spoken to in years, good friends and acquaintances, friends of friends, friends of friends of friends, all doing what they can. Someone is having a garage sale, someone is organizing a dinner party, a concert, someone throws a luncheon at work, someone is asking for donations in lieu of birthday gifts, someone is thinking of Esme on the other side of the country, on the other side of the world, on the other side of the street. And drop by drop we are reaching our goal.
It is far from impossible. It is possible. Because of people. Not because of government, or some big business, but because people have said 'I care, here's what I can do.' Because Esme and our family has been surrounded by love and support.
We are getting there.
Today we met with the therapist who will be leading the therapy team working with Esme. She will be starting therapy in the next two weeks or so.
The impossible is happening.
Because of You
And all we have is words, which are so inadequate,
For doing what you do not have to do, for remembering Esme, for believing in her, who she is and who she will become,