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Pay It Forward ~ Family in Need

IF YOU READ THIS STORY & ARE TOUCHED BY COMPASSION, even if you cannot donate, please repost, retweet, or share this story through your social network. This is a great family and their need is immediate!

All,

First off, for those who have followed me and interacted with me on social media over the years, you know that the most I ask of followers are responses to questions or opinions about what I write.  This post hopefully will help a family stay in their home, keep the kids in school, and help a mother get her child in need get through surgery and recovery.

When I retired and moved back to Nebraska in 2005, we attended church with a great family, the Alabis.  The Alabis are from Togo Africa.  Mr. Alabi was a doctor in Africa.  Because of political turmoil, they fled the country and found their home in Omaha, Nebraska.

Their children sang in the church choir with our daughters.  My wife often picked up their children on the way to church.  The children’s choir director Ms. Karen Johnson, is the piano teacher for our daughter Megan, and a couple of the Alabi children.  Ms. Johnson just conveyed to me this afternoon that Ms. Alabi’s daughter, Kween, has a tumor in her spine and must undergo surgery this coming Friday.

Here’s the verbiage she sent to me:

Kween Alabi is a 5th Grader at  Prairie Wind School in Omaha, NE.   She likes reading, dancing, playing the piano, and hanging out with her sister and two brothers.

Kween has been diagnosed with a 5-inch tumor inside her spinal cord.  She is scheduled for surgery Sept. 7.  Her prognosis will be unknown until after surgery.

Kween’s father is in Togo, Africa, attempting to re-establish the medical practice he left in 1999, and he is not yet able to support his family.

Kween’s mother will have to quit working for at least 3 months to care for Kween, and the family will have no regular income.  Although Kween’s medical expenses will be covered by Medicaid, and the family will qualify for assistance, it will be inadequate to meet their expenses.

The Alabis are in danger of losing their home.

Kween and her family need your help.  Fundraising activities are being planned, but much more will be needed in the months ahead.

Donations can be made to:
The Kween Alabi Donation Account at any
US Bank (e.g. 222 S. 72nd St., Omaha, NE 68114) or you can donate at Fundly http://fundly.com/the-kween-alabi-fund

for more information email: kjpiano@cox.net or phone Karen Johnson (402) 558-3027

Thank you for reading and sharing this story to help this family!

Cheers,
Ed

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Posted in Writing

National Poetry Month

This is my attempt at honoring National Poetry Month!  One goal this year is to acquaint myself with all the National Holidays and special days recognized and celebrated by all the peoples of the United States of America.  So, I did a little research and came up with over seventy reasons to celebrate throughout the year!

At first, I wrote my poem and decided because of the content it should be titled “Spring, Sprang, Sprung!”…but I did a quick check on Google to see if I would be stepping on previous author’s toes and decided to steer clear.  So, here’s my attempt to capture my favorite season and celebrate National Poetry month!

Spring Demands Attention!

The wind chimes clang

as mornings rays gently pry

tender crocus, tulip and daffodils rejoice

tis Spring cries the Robin!

Soils perfume a moist radiant air

a mix of cut grass and tree blossoms bright

the panorama is a bouquet of celebration

Winter’s spell is broken honk the geese!

Children frolic and explore the earth reborn

clouds herald the supply of natures drink

bees buzz excitedly at each colorful revelation

“Arise!” demands the sun!

By:  Ed Milligan

I’m excited at what I will learn about people and culture in this little self-imposed continuing education assignment to explore and understand the history behind each of these holidays.  I’ve added a few links to help you learn a little more about the history of National Poetry Month and how you can participate:

The history of National Poetry Month (started in 1996)

Poets.org A hub for poets everywhere!

April 14th is “Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Find out what’s happening in your state to celebrate National Poetry Month.

For those in NebraskaPoetry Menu (great contests, opportunities for educators!)

 

Go ahead now!  Its your turn.  Try it–you may discover you have talent hidden in places forgotten!  Have a great weekend everybody!

Cheers (follow me on Twitter @justasked)