If you have followed our posts at all you are familiar with my sappy long winded story telling as well as my tendency to overuse commas. Sadly this post won’t be much of a departure because it’s a story near and dear to me. It was about 5 years ago when I first met Heather Walsh, the editor of (Cool) Progeny. Heather had just launched CP as a blog, because then people had blogs, and she was quickly advancing to the top of the pack in the mom-blogger blog-iverse. She had a daughter a few years younger than mine and she got lots of free tickets to kids stuff so we became fast friends.
We collaborated and supported one another in the growth of our small businesses and our daughters. Over the years, I discovered (in addition to the getting free stuff thing) that she was smart, creative and a great sounding board. In February of 2013 Heather welcomed her 2nd child, a boy named Brennan. Brennan was born with pierre robin syndrome and spent most of his first 5 months in the NICU at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital. In those months I watched my friend become a sophisticated medical advocate for her son. She endured some of the worst tests of a mother’s strength that I could imagine and wowed us all with her ability to laugh instead of cry and fight instead of give in to get his needs met. Fast forward almost 3 years later and B-man is joined by another sibling and celebrating the recent removal of the trach that kept him breathing for the early part of his life. He is a smart, strong willed little guy that is going to overcome his early challenges and be the overachieving middle child that the universe intended for him to be. I personally couldn’t be happier for my friend and her family.
Not one to sit idle, Heather and her husband, Patrick founded a charity as a way to pay forward all the good will and support that they were shown during Brennan’s care. They named their organization Little Lion Challenge in honor of the little roar like sounds that earned Brennan his nickname, little lion man, while in the NICU. The premise was a simple one. Small acts of kindness (little roars) add up to a bigger movement for the better. Last Saturday (Cool) Progeny hosted the 3rd annual Superhero Social at Green Spring Station. The entirety of the $2500 proceeds from the social went to The Margaret Skinner Research Fund at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital through the Little Lion Challenge. A big thank you if you attended or participated in the Superhero Social. Your little roar was heard. If you didn’t we hope to see you next time and while you are waiting for next year’s fun, let Heather and her family inspire you to pay it forward with little acts of kindness.
Learn more about Little Lion Challenge here.
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