Up at four this Saturday morning, by five Hannah and I head south on I-95 to Boston’s Logan Airport. Arriving without delay, we soon pass through the TSA pre-check point for our 815 flight to Atlanta. We are traveling in the Florence and Michael Hurricane-ravaged South to see family in North Carolina, play some rocking pickleball in Georgia, and visit the hometown of Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, in Alabama.
While waiting for our Delta flight, I walk the wide airport corridors to pass time and work out the stiffness in my legs. Walking toward the Dunkin Donuts, I notice a sea of green tee shirts. Moving smoothly, but discreetly to check out the shirts, I am blown away to see they say Give Kids The World!
Give Kids The World is the Florida-based wish organization that provides accommodations and free passes to the theme parks in the Orlando area for families with kids with life-threatening illnesses.
These volunteers from a Baptist Church in Melrose, Mass are off to the GKTW Village to support these families for the coming week. They will serve breakfasts and later dish ice cream at the on-campus Perkins Restaurant.
Instead of just concentrating on the kid with the serious illness, GKTW wisely attends to the entire family. They make brothers, sisters, mom, and dad feel like royalty, too. Families with a kid with a life-threatening illness can fracture if the needs of and attention to the other kids in the family are ignored.
How am I such an authority on Give Kids The World? Why in 1988, Hannah and I with our three children, Will (4), Robyn (6), and Molly (8), were gifted a trip to Orlando to be tenderly cared for by Give Kids The World since Robyn was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of four. Today she is a beautiful 37!