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Letter: Sick child is reminder of what truly matters

Sick child is reminder of what truly matters

On the eve of Thanksgiving, as I accompanied a family member to a local hospital, I saw a little girl who could not have been more than 5 years old being pushed on a hospital bed down a corridor by medical staff. The girl was surrounded by doctors and family members as she was being whisked away. I assume she has been undergoing some sort of treatment for cancer because her little head had not one strand of hair on it. The girl was sitting up straight and was screaming at the top of her lungs; I could not help but wonder what was going through the mind of that child the day before Thanksgiving. I’m quite confident she wasn’t thinking about door busting and ways to beat the lines for the best sales and deals on Black Friday.

I took a walk outside to the garden area of the hospital to reflect on what I had just seen. I thought about all I had to be thankful for and said a prayer for the health of my family and a swift recovery for the little girl and to all others with cancer; a disease that shows no prejudice to age, gender or any other thing. Upon leaving the hospital, I noticed a placard on the outside brick wall of the garden area, which read, “If I had my choice between a moon walk and the life of a single child with leukemia, I would never glance upward.” – James T. Grace Jr., M.D. A fitting passage at a time of year when we should put our wants aside and give to those in need.

Michael Mordino