Magazine article Working Mother

Balloons for Johnny

Magazine article Working Mother

Balloons for Johnny

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I met Johnny sileno earlier this year at his sixth birthday party. It was a big party, and each person who came brought a glorious clutch of helium balloons. at 6:18 p.m.- the time of Johnny's birth-we let all the balloons float up into the sky, an amazing mosaic of shiny colors, cartoon characters and heart-shaped expressions of love. It was bittersweet, as we all knew Johnny was losing his battle with brain cancer.

The next day, Johnny passed away peacefully. he, along with his family, friends and doctors, had fought this terrible illness for five years. no one could have been better cared for or more loved. When I released my fistful of cheerful balloons that day, I felt the weight of a thousand memories of my own two children catch in my throat, and I held my breath as I offered my thanks for their health and strength.

For this holiday season, let's remember the children who face life's fragility so early, who fight so hard for health and for happy days. …

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