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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Gift of Game Day: Kyle's Kamp Diamond Dreams


When Rob Hahne asked me to help implement the Kyle's Kamp Diamond Dreams games which encourage high school sports teams to host games to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research, I was a little hesitant.  I have been a stay at home mom for sixteen years.  My worry when I am asked to do anything outside of my home is that it might take too much time away from my real job - the care and feeding of boys (and their dad).  The fact is that there is no binding contract and no paycheck with this Kyle's Kamp gig and I've never felt pushed or guilted into volunteering.  Rob made it clear from the beginning that he didn't want it to take too much time from my family.

Still, at first, I was concerned that it might take not only too much of my time and energy, but too much of my heart.  In the end, I trusted that God would grow my time, my energy and my heart.enough to join this organization.  What I have determined is that God wanted me to make this decision, not in spite of my responsibility to the children He had gifted me, but because of my responsibility to them.

Of course, I wanted to help children with cancer and their families and that is what these awareness and fundraising games do.  But in my estimation, the Diamond Dreams games are as much about the healthy, vibrant, able athletes who swing bats and hit baseballs, as they are about the children for whom the games are played.

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