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A Little Love Makes a Big Difference

This is a true story about Joy, a school teacher, and Brian, an accountant, and their two children, Andrew (11) and Leah (9). They lead a normal, happy life, except that Andrew has Juvenile Diabetes. Insulin shots and blood sugar checks are part of the family’s daily routine, something that everyone handles with grace and equanimity.

Late one night during this past tax season, Joy asked a tired Brian what he’d like for his forthcoming 40th birthday. Without hesitating, Brian replied, “I don’t want anything for myself. All I’d like is for 400 people to send me a birthday card with one dollar enclosed to be used for research to help fight Juvenile Diabetes.”

Unbeknown to Brian, Joy decided to send an email to their friends and relatives. She asked each to please help her to surprise Brian by sending him a birthday card along with a check or a dollar bill to her at their home address. Because Brian was working late in the days leading up to his birthday, she could intercept the mail without him knowing.

Joy had hoped for a modest response and a few dollar bills. She never expected to give Brian a large box with hundreds of birthday cards and letters containing checks and cash on his birthday. Brian promised Andrew and Leah that they would open the envelopes together over the following few weeks.

Now, several months later, the original batch of envelopes has been opened and approximately $8,000 has been donated – 20 times Brian‚Äö√Ñ√¥s wish. And, Joy’s idea continues to spread and checks continue to arrive. If you’d like to help fulfill Brian’s birthday wish, you can send a donation directly to the:
<p style=”text-align: center;”>Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”>11 S. La Salle Street – Suite 1800</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”>Chicago, IL 60603-1344</p>
And, don’t forget to put a note on your check that it’s in honor of Brian’s 40th birthday. If you wish, you can also send me a message, which I’ll forward to Brian and Joy, so that they‚Äö√Ñ√¥ll know what you’ve done and, more importantly, so that they can tell Andrew and Leah.

Sometimes, all it takes to make a difference in the world is a good idea and a great love.