“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
Spring is just around the corner and in perfect New England style March 1st was sunny and unseasonably warm and the next day we were experiencing a Nor’easter storm, which brought high winds and quite a bit of snow in some towns and causing power outages for some. It made me think of how unpredictable life can be, sometimes when we least expect it, and how the young adults we serve here at Sy’s Fund know that all too well. Beginning with the moment they are given their cancer diagnosis these young adults face enormous challenges and uncertainties; from the anxious anticipation while waiting for the results of various scans from MRI’s, CT scans, and XRAYS to come in (hence the word “scanxiety” which these tests evoke), discussing and deciding on treatments, to how other areas of life is affected such as changes within their social circles, financial situations, how treatments may affect other aspects of their lives long term, and school or careers to name just a few. The work we do here at Sy’s Fun:D provides that unexpected sunny day to the young adults we serve, so to speak; by giving them something that has nothing to do with illness it often has the benefit of helping our recipients to feel more like they felt before cancer came into their lives; if only for a short respite. Since 2010 we have funded gifts like new laptops, cameras, gym memberships, art supplies, musical instruments, bikes, and cooking classes, to list a few. Often we hear from the young adults we serve that these gifts have given them a reason to smile for the first time since starting a grueling cancer treatment, or have made them feel more like their old selves for the first time since being diagnosed.
During the month of February of this year, we funded two young women from our waiting list. One of them, Carrie, who is battling metastatic breast cancer, had this to say when she received her requested gift of professional face painting supplies, “I find that this foundation has really lifted my spirits in a way that other places can’t. I was in the best mood all day Friday, and I was even able to share my experience with you guys to others. Face painting has become my outlet during my cancer journey, and to be able to have the supplies to do it makes it all the more special. Sy’s Fun:D is a dream for anyone who just needs a little pick me up for a long period of time. I will always be grateful for them!”
Sy’s Fun:D would like to thank everyone who attended our fourth annual Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament at Kilkenny’s Pub in Keene, NH on February 18th. Through your donations, Carrie’s gift was made possible. The Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament is the inspiration of Sy’s Fun:D board member Mickey Coffield, who also organizes this event each year. Along with the excitement and fun in the room during the tournament, it is impressive to see this group of dedicated individuals come together each year to help Sy’s Fun:D raise money, and it is a testament as to how a small group of generous, compassionate and determined people can make a big difference in the life of someone who is fighting hard to heal from cancer. 2018 also brought with it a beautiful tribute to Silas “Sy” River Bennett; the birth of a little boy to Sy’s dear friend Zack Vezzani and his wife Kelly, whom they lovingly named Silas. Welcome to the world little one!