Remember six months ago when Daniel traded in that green, black striped belt for a blue belt? What an amazing day it was as we realized that it was just three years before that he had his very first tae kwon do class and learned how to break a board with his foot. I still marvel over what he has done with tae kwon do discovering his own strength, focus and determination. Whether he has ever realized it or not, these traits have always been a part of who he is ever since he was a one pound baby fighting for his life. The most willful, or feisty of micropreemies are not only the ones who drive their NICU caregivers to crazy exhaustion, but are the ones who survive AND thrive. I’ll let you in on a little secret; they are also NICU caregivers’ most favorite patients. Yes, watching Daniel practice tae kwon do I am reminded of the fact that he is part of a small community of the strongest humans on the planet. How lucky he is to put on that uniform and tie that blue belt around his waist.
With that thought in mind, Daniel and members of his martial arts studio have signed on to Martial Arts for St. Jude to break as many boards as possible next Saturday all to benefit the incredible work done at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. How could an amazing kid like Daniel not want to help out amazing, strong and brave kids just like himself?
Oh, and he gets to break boards. It’s always fun to yell real loud as you kick a board with your bare foot and break it.
Daniel’s goal is to raise $251, one dollar more than what he must raise to receive a silver medal. Why not go for the $500 to get the gold medal, I wonder. Well, he likes the silver.
If you can, won’t you help Daniel reach his goal? Your tax-deductible donation helps to ensure that families who seek treatment for their children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital never pay for anything as well as help fund lifesaving research that benefit not only patients at St. Jude’s but also pediatric cancer patients everywhere.
As fans of Daniel you all have always been so generous whether it be for the March of Dimes through TeamDaniel or just to help a kid out with his jog-a-thon so his special ed class can win the school ice cream party. That’s one of the many reasons why we love you all…because you care, you really care for this amazing little man of ours. So if you can…no amount ever too small…help Daniel reach his $251 fundraising goal…for the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital…for the silver medal Daniel wants to earn…for all the boards he is planning to break..