2016 Gift Drive Delivered

We want to thank everyone that participated in this year's Gift of Giving charity drive.  Your generous donations were gifted to Shriner's Hospital for Children, an institution that took good care of Mitchell when he was with us.

Each blanket, book and toy were tagged with a Mitchell's Journey card that shared how your gift was given in memory of little Mitch and in hope of their recovery.

Here is a small sampling of the gift delivery.  Jonathan Gardner, Luke Ray, [Aunt] Sonya, Natalie and myself delivered the gifts this afternoon and helped stock toy boxes, shelves and rooms with toys for children who often encounter scary medical procedures.  

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These gifts and blankets give children something to look forward to and help ease their worried hearts.    We saw first-hand what it did for Mitch and we wanted to return that gift of comfort to other children.

 

As we left the hospital, Natalie and her sister Sonya hugged each other, missing little Mitch but glad to do something good in his memory.

The moment I stepped out of the hospital doors I remembered this very view 12 years ago when little Mitch was diagnosed at the age of 3.  I was overwhelmed with tender thoughts and I did all that I could to hold back my tears.

This was the bench I sat on while I wept over tiny Mitchell's diagnosis that fateful summer day.

But my tears soon turned to smiles as I saw the good people in my life.  Jonathan Gardner [left] made a significant life change because of Mitchell's life and death and he has become a dear friend and volunteer of Mitchell's Journey.  Then there's Natalie, my sweet wife and best friend who has long served as my rock and compass.  Then Luke Ray [right] who was deeply moved over the life of Mitch and has been a faithful friend and volunteer of Mitchell's Journey ever since his passing.  Whenever I call to ask Luke for help, his attitude is "whatever you want help with, the answer is yes."  The world needs more Jonathan's and Luke's.  

Today was a good day.  A day of service and love and a day of remembering.  Thanks to your generous contributions, we were able to spread more love and kindness. 

 

2016 Year In Review

This is a short video we played at our Movie event today. It summarizes some highlights of the year and points to some things that are up-and-coming. We are so grateful for an opportunity to serve families in a variety of ways and we look forward to the years ahead.

Life is hard - but it is made easier when we try to lift each other's burdens.

 

 

Here are some photos from our event today.  It was so great to meet so many new DMD families.  This year we had 21 DMD boys attend!

 

A Generous Family, A Light to Many

Natalie and I had an opportunity to visit with the Buehner Family today and we were humbled by their incredible generosity.  Their son, Kaden, has DMD and they are a family deserving of service, yet they choose time-and-again to set aside their needs to serve others.  We were so inspired by their kindness.

They then posted this quote with the image on social Media.

"The happiest people in life are givers, not getters." The last few months we have made blankets and bought many toys. The smiles on the kids face as they would tell cashiers the toys are for kids at Primary's was priceless. I love teaching my kids about giving. We are lucky that Kaden has amazing healthcare here in Utah. Some kids have long hospital stays and hopefully we will bring them some cheer. We donated 100 toys, 50 blankets and 50 books to Mitchell's gift of giving. @mitchells_journey You can still donate too! Check out www.mitchellsjourney.org for info.

 

 #makingmemories #mitchellsjourney #giftofgiving#dmdsucks #proudofmykids #donatetoday — with Brett Buehner.

2016 Year In Review - Silver Rush | Riverton High School

Today we returned to Riverton High School to report on our activities in 2016.  We are forever grateful for this remakable school and student body who helped Mitchell's Journey take its message and program to the next level.

Here is a short video we made summarzing some of our efforts and thanking Riverton high Students.