Childhood should not be a time of pain.
Parents of ailing children shouldn't have to spend their days fundraising.
|April - who else?|
|Oliver, April's mate|
Today was a day of celebrating Super Heroes - and, although I was not present physically at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York (home of the Internet famed giraffe family of Oliver, April and Tajiri), I was there in spirit.
If the then-pregnant April hadn't gone viral in February, things may have been different. But she did (among how many thousands or millions of animal web cams), and the owners of Animal Adventure Park seized on the opportunity.
The owners of Animal Adventure Park, Jordan and Colleen Patch, have a young daughter, Ava, who was born with a rare medical condition. Even before birth, the medical bills and worry started.
Although they were able to pay the medical and transportation bills, they knew other families struggled, and, last August, they had their first Ava's Little Heroes event. With the money raised, they were able to help one family.
Today, due to the power of viral, they were able to help five families.
|AM (to the left of April) and April|
I think to myself: can I do any less, in some little way?