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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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Thought Soup

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It’s been a whirlwind week!  Since Sunday I have flown to Washington D.C. on business, landed back in Omaha and within 30 minutes received a warning citation from the police for failure to signal and a malfunctioning tail light; purchased and installed a new built-in dishwasher; worked late (past supper time) two nights; and just this evening started to drive away from the gas pump to hear a noise and realize I hadn’t replaced the nozzle!  When you meet yourself coming and going you know its time to take a break!!  Slow down a little and breathe–smell the coffee and count your blessings!

The week hasn’t been all bad though.  I enjoyed the company of a traveling mate on the Washington D.C. to Atlanta leg of my trip who recommended the book “Shadows and Streetlights” and “Warriors Rage”  I’m greatly impressed at times by some traveling companions.  You never know what you’re going to learn if you take a chance and share yourself with others.  Many times you’ll find that people just want to be left alone.  But if you stop and think about it, most flights are three hours or less (especially if you have connecting flights)…what is it going to hurt you to reach out and shake a hand and introduce yourself?  After 9/11, I became aware that I was mentally on auto-pilot regarding my commuting behaviors.  Now, if alone, I listen to news, or books on CD…if surrounded by others, I at least try to get to know a person’s name and where they’re from.

On the Atlanta to Omaha leg of my journey, I met a wonderful Radiologist named Rick with a local practice in Omaha.  A great family man with three teenage children.  We talked about every topic possible in our two hour journey.  By opening up to others, you find out you are not alone…that like others, the parenting years are a flourish of activity and logistics.

I am three fourths of the way through Stephen King‘s “Dreamcatcher” and am just enthralled by how creatively vivid his mind is.  Each time I finish a reading session, it takes a while for me to accept reality.  His writing talent pulls you in, challenges you to figure out, question, and begin making assessments about where the story is taking you.  His character development acquaints you in such a tangible way that you feel you know these people.  Why is it that we don’t live life with the same anxious intrigue and anticipation the way we “exist” when reading a good book or watching a long-awaited movie?  Is it possible we allow ourselves too much “auto-pilot” mental time?  I think that as adults we lose our wonder and excitement about living because of what value we assign to the “stuff and work of life.”

When I stopped my vehicle this evening after hearing the nozzle yank out of my fuel tank and land on the ground, I put the car in park.  I was anxious that my carelessness wasn’t going to create a fire/explosion.  I picked up the nozzle, placed it back in the pump, screwed my gas cap back on and made a “phew” gesture with my hand at my forehead just in case I was being observed, and then got back in my car.  Thinking aloud I said, “Ed, it surely is time for a vacation!”  I need to refuel my emotional/mental stores and spend some much needed time with my family–turn off “auto-pilot” and be present in the now….appreciating and soaking up the living life has to offer.

If you are reading this post, I hope all is well in your world!  I am grateful for time…without it, we would never have the chance to recover from mistakes, heal our wounds, or achieve our dreams.  Have a great weekend everyone!