For over 150 children and families impacted by cancer, the Expect Miracles Foundation Annual Kids Golf Day turned Fenway Park into a mini fairway and proved to be above par. The courageous children who attended have been patients at Mass General Hospital, Boston’s Children’s Hospital, the Jimmy Fund Clinic, and other community hospitals. They are currently being treated for cancer, in remission, cancer survivors, or have a family member affected by the disease.
As part of Boston Financial’s associate volunteer program, Jeff Edelson, Ken Hu and I recently had the opportunity to spend an unforgettable day with these kids and families – and what better place to make memories than iconic Fenway Park! Like most people, any volunteer experience usually leaves me with sense of gratitude. However, the personal connections made during this event left me with a profound sense of perspective.
I spent some of the day with one particular family that seemed like your “every day” family, although one child had special needs and the other was battling cancer. Their parents were fun and well spirited, but I sensed an overwhelming feeling of worry and fear as the future is somewhat uncertain for both of their children. I wondered what their daily life is like – dreaded trips to the hospital for treatments, anxiously waiting for news from the doctor, praying their insurance coverage will be enough – all while trying to keep life as regular as possible with summer barbeques, beach days and little league games.
As I drove home, I contemplated beeping my car horn a couple of times at pre-occupied drivers not paying attention to the road. But it dawned on me that those drivers, just “every day” people on the outside, may have something weighing on their mind. The day at Fenway reminded me not to sweat the small stuff and to count my blessings, but it also reminded me to be considerate and patient, as I truly don’t know what problems others may have on their mind. A valuable lesson learned that day, one that I don’t think I’ll ever forget.
With their focus on citizenship, Boston Financial offers many volunteer opportunities. As I have experienced many times, the rewards are countless. So I encourage you – give up a few hours of your time – it may change your life forever.