When you are facing a battle with cancer – you have two choices. You can either give up or give out. In giving up, things will never change for the better, only getting worse until the end comes, probably much sooner than later. But when you decide to give out – no matter how much time you have left on Earth – your situation no longer remains bleak and you change the lives of others for the better.
Giving out is exactly what Morgan Frazier chose to do while she was fighting a rare and aggressive cancer from 2006-2008. She completed treatment in 2007 and promptly organized a toy drive that brought several hundred toys on Christmas Eve to the families at the cancer clinic at Texas Children’s here in Houston. What is most remarkable is that Morgan did this with the knowledge that her cancer had returned. She entered treatment, for the second time, a few days later.
In 2008, the toy drive brought in over 1000 toys to the families at the clinic. Although unable to walk, Morgan still organized the drive. She was determined to serve the other kids fighting cancer with her. Morgan lost her battle with cancer and went to be with The Lord on December 28th, 2008 but left an undeniable mark on her family. They continue her efforts through the organization A Heart Like Hers Foundation, dedicated to bringing comfort and help to families with children in treatment for cancer.
Their mission is simple: to reduce the financial and emotional burdens placed on families living with a Pediatric Cancer Diagnosis by acting as a life-line for practical resources and faith-filled encouragement. They desire to create a haven for families living with a Pediatric Cancer diagnosis, so they can provide tangible resources and an opportunity to build inner strength for the journey they face.
This upcoming Saturday, December 3rd, marks their 5th annual toy drive and fundraiser for the foundation. In partnership with Walmart, local churches, and Spring Jeep Chrysler Dodge – they will provide information about pediatric cancer, ways to help families in treatment and bring hope through giving toys, gift cards and encouragement. The celebration takes place from 2 – 5 pm at Harvest Time Church (17770 Imperial Valley Dr., Houston, 77060).
This event is open to the public and includes crafts and activities for kids. You can purchase tickets online at: https://www.papercitymag.blacktie-houston.com/online_sales/rsvp_ticket_purchase.cfm?rsvpid=105.
You can support their efforts in other ways, such as general donations on their website, www.ahlh-foundation.org, or hosting a gift card drive for cards from national retailers such as: Walmart, Subway, Chick Fil’ A, Kroger, IHOP, Denny's, Target, Bestbuy, McDonalds and Starbucks. Families in treatment at Texas Children’s in Houston use all of these services. The funds raised go to provide parking and financial assistance, and AHLH is looking into support groups and direct outreach.
Please come out to support a family whose organization continues in the spirit of giving out, by delivering help and hope and following in their precious daughter footsteps.