Much of my time lately has been unfortunately occupied with the negative side of the scrapbooking industry. But today, I was reminded – in a heartbreaking way – of the positive side of the scrapbooking community.
The 12-year-old son, Joey, of Jen Gallacher was recently diagnosed with cancer. Jen is a wonderful woman and an active member of several online scrapbook communities. She is also a talented scrapbooker whose work has inspired many others in their creations.
Yesterday, Jen posted the following sad message on the Two Peas In A Bucket message board:
I wasn’t sure I should post this on such a great day for tooting and sharing all the great news, but since I have had so much love and support from the Peas I thought I’d better. Joey was released from the hospital last Tuesday. His cancer is considered terminal, and they believe they have done all they can for him. We are devastated. Parents should raise their children to live and have good lives not prepare them for what I’m going to have to do. He was heartbroken and is NOT ready to give up. That makes me happy, and we will do whatever we can to help him with that. He’s receiving radiation for his latest tumor in his rectum and has quite a bit of pain. He had lots of moments of delirium in the hospital. So scary! He hasn’t eaten food in a month but receives nutrition through his IV so that’s all right. He sleeps most of the time, which is probably both the cancer and the morphine. I miss talking to him and seeing him enjoying life, but I don’t want him to suffer. I’m just so grateful for the support and love of all of you. Thank you for your positive thoughts, e-mails, prayers, and gifts and cards. We have felt stronger than ever and I know why. I will let you know how things go in the future. They give him weeks to months to live. He might just hang on a little longer, cute boy! I’ll take whatever time I can get. —-Jen Gallacher
A caring person cannot help but feel helpless for a family staring such a horrible loss in the face. In an effort to do what little can be done to help, a benefit fund blog has been set up for the Gallacher family. Donations can be made via Paypal until May 1st, and contributors will be entered into drawings for donated products or the design services of talented scrappers to work with your pictures. If you would like to contribute to the benefit fund, or would like to donate your products or services, please visit the benefit fund blog for more details at http://www.benefitforjen.blogspot.com/ or by clicking on one of the links supplied above.
It is wonderful to be reminded of the scrapbooking community’s good heart. I just wish it weren’t for such a heartbreaking reason. Let’s all do what we can to help the Gallacher family at this dark time for them by contributing funds or reaching out to companies we work with for product donations.