Friday, September 19, 2008


24 hours. $500.

Think about how long it would have taken Etagenge to save up $500. It may never have happened. Yet we were able to pull it together in 24 hours.

The last 24 hours in my life went by in the blink of an eye. Somehow, I doubt the same was true for Etagenge.

In the last 24 hours, I wondered how to get my son to remember to take his homework to school and I wondered how to get my other son to eat something other than cereal. Two things I didn't have to think about were, Will I have enough money to pay for my children's education? and Will I have enough money to put three meals on the table tomorrow?

It took 24 hours to allow Etagenge's life to continue moving forward. To allow her to fulfill her dream. To allow her to continue to provide for her family.

If we can do this in 24 hours for one person, imagine what we can do in a week. In a month. In a year.

This is what it's all about. Breaking the cycle. Changing the "norm." Giving another human being the opportunity to be all that she can be. Giving her permission to Believe Impossible Things.

I'm going to speak to Julie on Monday and find out when Etagenge will be ready to take this test. I'll coordinate with Julie and Almaz regarding when it would be best to send the money based on this timing. I'm hoping to be able to get a picture of Etagenge with the donation, and ultimately with that license! I'll post all details of where the money is, where it's going, when it's spent, when that license is acquired, and, hopefully, at what medical facility Etagenge becomes gainfully employed!

Thank you all so much. You rock. I can't wait for Mission No. 2!


Anonymous said...

I am very impressed with your concept for changing lives in a positive and VERY direct way. Count on me to support your next project!

Dawn said...

That's awesome! Mission #1 complete!

Trendy Mindy said...

Unbelievable I just went on to donate and you are already there!!! WOW - amazing -

PS - I would love to assist/help in your next one if you need me in anyway please don't hesitate to call me!!!


The Hazels said...

Wow! I just read today..was ready to donate...and it was done! Let me know if I can donate toward any study materials or study classes for her boards. This is wonderful!

The Gresham Clan said...

This is absolutely AMAZING!!! I hadn't checked in time to donate, but I'm looking forward to mission #2 as well. Way to go Liz!!!