Rosemead Kiwanis Club

   "Serving the Community Since 1945"






The Fax of Life

A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley

       February 16, 1997                                                                Vol. 2,   No. 15




While recuperating from her second open heart surgery at Children s Hospital

of Western Ontario, my six-year-old daughter Kelley was moved from the

intensive care unit to the floor with the other children. Because a section

of the floor was closed, Kelley was put in the wing reserved for cancer



In the adjacent room, a six-year-old boy named Adam was fighting a battle

with leukemia. Adam stayed at the hospital for a portion of each month while

receiving chemotherapy treatments. Every day Adam sauntered into Kelley s

room to visit, pushing the pole that held his chemotherapy bag. Despite the

discomfort of the treatments, Adam was always smiling and cheerful. He

entertained us for hours with his many stories. Adam had a way of finding the

positive and the humor in any situation, however difficult.


One particular day, I was feeling tired and anxious for Kelley s release from

the hospital. The gray, gloomy day outside only fueled my poor mood. While I

stood at the window looking at the rainy sky, Adam came in for his daily

visit. I commented to him on what a depressing day it was. With his

ever-present smile, Adam turned to me and cheerily replied, "Every day is

beautiful for me."


From that day on I have never had a gloomy day. Even the grayest days bring a

feeling of joy ad I remember with gratitude the words of wisdom spoken by a

very brave six-year-old boy named Adam.


                                                                 ---- Patty Merritt       



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