Happy Halloween week! I’m so excited for Halloween this year because we have a great party to go to, and Clay, Melanie, and my Mom are coming up to join in on the festivities! I wish I could celebrate with all my friends and families but I’ll take what I can get. As all my students were leaving today I asked them what their Halloween plans and costumes were. The responses ran the gamete but my favorite was “Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz.” First of all, that’s my favorite movie so the “Wizard of Oz” part was not necessary. Second, I haveALWAYS wanted to be Dorothy for Halloween and have yet to do so. I’m just thankful someone else gets to click their heels three times and realize there’s no place like home.
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Thanks to the Great Ormand Street Hospital Charity you can see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece all for charity. GOSH opened on another very celebrated holiday back in 1852. On Valentine’s Day GOSH started it’s very first day with only ten beds to treat very sick children. They have been dedicated to children’s health care from day one, and have worked endlessly to find new and better ways to treat childhood diseases. GOSH is also focused on collaborating with other hospitals in order to be the best children’s hospital in the UK. GOSH also trains the most pediatric nurses of any UK hospital, and has more than 50 different clinical specialties. Their talented staff and world-class treatments are the reason that more than 175,000 children are seen at the hospital every year. You can also decorate cards and posters to brighten the day of children being treated at the hospital. These children aren’t just patients to GOSH, they are like family. Dorothy even has her own charity. Well maybe not the Dorothy from Kansas, but Dorothy’s Family is a charity that was created in memory of Dorothy Traver. Dorothy lost her battle with cancer 8 years ago, but DF honors her memory through serving local children who have been diagnosed with cancer. DF works to unite family and friends in order to alleviate the financial burden of hospital and family service program bills. Dorothy’s Family started in Orlando and has grown to include Denver, New York, and Chicago. Support, and care, and love, oh my!
Great Ormand Street Hospital Charity Donation
Dorothy’s Family Donation
So here’s to you Dorothy! I’m not dressing up as you this year, again, but one day I promise I will! You have been my favorite character for more years than I’d like to admit, but it’s because you are timeless. You cared about getting the Tinman a heart, the Scarecrow a brain, and the Lion some courage just as much as you cared about getting home. We may not be in Kansas anymore, but thanks to you, we know that following our hearts will take us exactly where we need to be.
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