Just as my good friend Barrett Kenny recently did, I am now asking for everyone’s help. As many of you know Landon was my baby brother. He meant and still means the absolute world to me. He was constantly there with his corny jokes to make me laugh on a bad day or to sing a little One Direction with me. He was my buddy and I miss him more than I can describe. When Landon was going through his treatments I cannot remember a single time that I heard him complain- even when things got terribly bad. That’s the thing about these kids who are suffering through cancer . . .they are fighters. No matter how bad things get, they keep pushing through, something that I do not think I could do no matter how hard I would try. These kids did not ask for this battle, yet they have to fight for their life each and every day. It is not fair and it shouldn’t happen to anyone, no matter how young or old.
As Landon and my family, well mostly Landon, were braving through this challenging time, I made a promise to myself that I will make an impact, no matter how big or small, on the lives of the children who are facing this illness. That is where you guys come in. As some of you may already know, the L3 Foundation is putting on a gift card drive December 18th at Three B’s Grill in Kingwood. We will be there from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Our goal is to collect bags and bags full of gift cards and parking tokens to donate to Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Having to spend day after day at the Medical Center is very expensive. I know that when Landon was going through treatment, my parents would occasionally receive free tokens and it was a huge blessing and stress relief. I hope to provide this same relief for other families.
Because the holiday season is approaching us, this is the perfect time to give back to others. Something as simple as a $20 gift card can create many smiles. The last place these families want to be during Christmas is in the hospital, but it is what they must do to save their child. With your help, we can make this difficult time a little brighter, even if it is for a moment. I am so beyond thankful for all of the people who donated their time and energy to the hospital when Landon was there, because they made him smile that smile that I so love.
Now it is my turn. We can make a difference. Landon was not only my brother, but one of my best friends and any way that I can honor him and help make the lives of these brave kids a little easier, I will.
Thank you so much for your support.
– Haley Ahrendt
Kids Helping Kids Fight Cancer