For My Mother

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes,
by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets,
rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades
and friends – but only one mother in the whole world.

~ Children’s Author Kate Douglas Wiggin

Who would have thought that our aspiration of creating a charity for sick, underprivileged children would result in making dreams come true for thousands and thousands of youngsters? It’s no coincidence that KIDS WISH NETWORK has flourished into one of the country’s largest children’s wish-granting organization with you by my side.

You never fail to amaze me with your passion, tenacity and enthusiasm. Your lively, effervescent spirit is contagious, your influence undeniable. You have paved the road for me to be a more charitable, considerate, kind and altruistic human being. Although I’m an adult, the student/teacher relationship has never waivered; I learn from you everyday.

Because of you, we have had – and will continue to have – the opportunity to touch the lives of so many deserving youngsters and families. Many people are good at their jobs, but you are great; fulfilling your objectives above and beyond, surpassing goals and expectations. In a world of greedy and gluttonous individuals, you are a beacon of generosity, compassion and humanity who shows no signs of slowing down.

I put you on a pedestal for one simple reason. You deserve it.
And on this very special Mother’s Day, I want to show my appreciation for everything you’ve done and everything you are.

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THANK YOU for teaching me to stand up for myself.
THANK YOU for being selfless.
THANK YOU for showing me how to enjoy and embrace life.
THANK YOU for being so passionate in everything you do.
THANK YOU for our special Saturdays.
THANK YOU for loving me deeply and unconditionally.
THANK YOU for believing in me and accepting me as I am.
THANK YOU for being my hero, my role model and my friend.
THANK YOU for being my confidante in this legacy called KIDS WISH NETWORK.
THANK YOU for being incredibly caring and sincere.
ABOVE ALL, THANK YOU for being my mother.

Love, Shelley


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