Sometimes in life you have the opportunity to help someone and that opportunity comes unexpectedly. That happened to me yesterday when a past co-worker and wonderful friend sent me this information. It spoke to my heart. I walked the Komen 3-Day this past November because cancer is such a vicious disease. I have family and friends that have been affected and fought fiercely against cancer. This message is about a child and cancer – there could be nothing worse than a child fighting for his life. We’re here, we’re blessed and children are our future. Thank you Doug for sharing Carson’s story with me, and allowing me to share it with so many.
“I am not strong or courageous by myself. I just happened to be the kid that got cancer. And the way I look at it, I can either go around mad and sad, or go around living with the strength and courage that comes from God and from the people He puts around me.” ~ Carson Leslie
In those three sentences are a small sample of what Carson was all about. Carson packed a lot of life in 17 short years … there wasn’t an ounce of surrender in him. He captivated people’s hearts with his bold charming confidence and disarming smile that would warm a room!
So, from his tenacious spirit and the memory of his cocky, feisty, funny, competitive and absolutely courageous attitude, the Carson Leslie Foundation was born. The children and the families of the children diagnosed with cancer need help … they can’t do it alone … cancer is the #1 disease killer of American children. As Carson’s family and friends carry on, we hope you will join us in making Carson’s dream of eradicating pediatric cancer a reality.
Here’s how you might be able to help immediately:
Come to the 2nd Annual “A Sunny Place For Shady People” event that benefits the Carson Leslie Foundation (an IRS approved 501c3 organization). It takes place January 13th (next week) at the Fashion Industry Gallery (f.i.g.) in downtown Dallas and is a really fun time, very casual, and benefits a great charity. Michael Young and Ian Kinsler will be there the entire night (and very accessible). You might even be able to play Texas Hold’em with Michael and Ian! Roger Staubach is also a supporter of the event, but we are unsure if he will attend.
The event website can be found here.
Carson was truly an amazing kid. He lived with gusto and left this earth with an agenda to be carried out by family and friends. Can you help us to help fulfill the rest of Carson’s wishes? Thank you in advance for your support.
Doug & Staci Ferber