Christi is a 36 year old mother of 3 with STAGE 4 TERMINAL COLON CANCER that has mestastisized into her lungs, liver, and ovaries. Her youngest, Caylee, was only 18 MONTHS WHEN SHE WAS DIAGNOSED! Can you even imagine? Can you even wrap your head around such an awful tragedy? Christi went to the ER thinking she had a hernia and left with the news that would change her life and the life of those around her forever! Christi has endured endless amounts of chemo....is in excrutiating pain 24/7, and was just getting swallowed up by the absolute lack of assistance by anyone who could do anything for her. She had TONS of needs that were being unmet and no energy, time, money, ability to connect with the organizations who could take care of those needs!
To put it lightly, the cookies that started it all were an amazing opportunity to pour love into a family who is so well loved and liked that they are always surrounded by people and are always doing something special with someone for someone! The celebrations, however, take on such a special meaning. So much more than an ordinary birthday. Every single moment is remembered and treasured and loved and savored....so to know that I had the privelige of baking for such a special event, brought me to another creative level and helped me grow as a baker, a business person, but most of all, as a friend to her and to her family! The initial intro may have been my cookies and cupcakes, but that meeting just opened the door to bringing about tons of help for other things! Other organizations, SSDI, services, a whole world of a better life for Christi and her family. I had NOTHING to do with any of it...I was just available and had some cookies to deliver, and God took care of the rest. They sure enjoyed the cookies, but the privilege of knowing someone as amazing as Christi and her family is...BELIEVE ME...ALL MINE.
So, next time you are working on an order and you hear a small detail...about a sick parent or a future celebration or milestone in one of your client's lives, use that opportunity to take the talents and gifts that you have been given and make their life that much better by asking how you and your baked goodies can help! Not because it will grow your business, because believe you me...it most definitely will...but because you just never know the power of a single cookie and you just never know who you're gonna meet while you are busy making sweet memories in your kitchen each day and the difference to be made when we use our talents to care for others and use it to bring joy to others' hearts and lives!
If you would like to donate to Christianne and her family to help with her needs that are great and mounting everyday, you can click on the link below and be able to give a 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation and 100% of the donation goes straight to Christi and her family. No one and nothing else whatsoever! It's a fantastic, tangible way to give!!!!
Happy Day Bliss Bakers!