Hello HOPE xo family and friends! Welcome to the online journal!
First off, thank you so much for all your support and love on HOPE xo social media. Thanks for sharing the video, liking the page and following along with what's coming up. I am excited to share this part of me with everyone, along with helping kids with cancer find hope across the world.
I sometimes think to myself, "that was me....I was the sick, bald kid with cancer, the terminal patient.". It sometimes seems like a dream or I guess a nightmare... Today I sit back in awe of all that God has done for me and know that the time is now to move forward with what I believe can help bring hope to a lot of people. This disease, this wretched "c word" is not going away any time soon and continues to destroy families and crush hearts. Even by just launching out the video of starting HOPE xo I have received so many messages from people everywhere of their friends, family and even children that have been diagnosed here recently. There is much work to be done.
I wanted to give a little introduction to what this journal will look like and also a little update on when HOPE xo will launch. A lot of what you will see has a cool meaning behind it and is what I loved when I was in the hospital. For instance, writing. I have journals full of stories of when I was in the hospital. A little I heart Josh Rhye doodling along with other short stories and prayers. I wrote a story one time called, "WWJD" about a little sick girl. I remember laying in my hospital bed writing hours upon hours, besides I couldn't really go anywhere. This journal is going to be of stories of my journey along with others who will write on their story, whether they are a survivor like me, or maybe just beginning their fight with cancer. I can't wait to share with you, so be prepared to read some encouragement, funny stories and just a little bit of hope for your weeks to come.
We are well on our way to launch day! September is childhood cancer awareness month, so we will be rocking our gold and launching with with a passion to bring awareness and hope to all our cancer kids in a big way this month! The online shop will launch first with the online journal and so much more along the way. We will be dropping the first collection in the shop with items that you can purchase to help send a HOPE kit to kids with cancer. I already have an ongoing list of kids that I cannot wait to get a kit into their sweet little hands. We have some incredible little humans fighting daily and this month we are going to really make some noise and shine some light in the dark halls of the hospitals. I hope you will join me and spread the word once everything launches.
In the mean time, we're gonna dance even when it rains, we're gonna smile even when it hurts, we're gonna laugh, because if you don't you will cry. We are going to fight, fight for today, because we are not promised tomorrow. We hold our heads up high with confidence that no one can take away! No matter what you are going through, no matter where you are in this thing called life, know that there is HOPE. Even in the unknown days ahead, hope is what we will hold onto. No matter how loud the negative voices all around you are with just a little hope we can help make a difference.
Let hope be your happy place. Now and forever.