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Childhood shouldn’t hurt.
But it does.
And in many cases, the hurt goes on and on and on . . .
And that is the beauty of organizations like the Rainbow Society.
We have a young friend who was suffering with an undiagnosed, but very severe condition.
As her condition worsened, she grew more and more disheartened. Finally, she began to list off things she had never done.
And in all likelihood, would never get to do.
First on that list was the chance to walk the red carpet in Hollywood.
What she didn’t realize was that others were listening to her.
People with the ability to make that particular wish come true.
When told that she would get her chance, that walking the red carpet was not only possible, but impending, the excitement and anticipation provided a very real incentive. She had to get strong enough to allow it to happen!
And she did.
She walked that red carpet. In a fancy dress, with hair and makeup provided by notable Hollywood magic-makers.
But even more importantly, after that, she continued to heal.
When we met her, it was shortly after her adventures and the description of them brought very real tears.
We were organizing a dance review and we hoped that she could be our principal.
The day her mother brought out her dancing shoes (put away in a special box years earlier, supposedly never to be worn again), was one of the greatest thrills of my life.
The Rainbow Society and other organizations like it do very real, very wonderful work.
For the most important people among us.