Christi's Big Day
On Campus

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Christi took her "show" on the road and visited Heidelberg College, in Tiffin, OH selling lemonade and helping to raise over $1,800 for cancer research. Be sure to check out the 9/23/04 journal from Angela to read more.

Earlier that day, Christi took time to read Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand to a class of college students. Below are some of the messages the family has received. How sweet... Thanks!

Today was an informational day to me. Christi did a very good job reading the book. It seemed as if she was reading the book and not thinking about the words. She does not get upset or sad about the book, but the more I think about it she did read the book fast. Maybe it does bother her some and that is why she read the book at a fast pace. I didn't cry while she read the book but got very choked up. She is a very special girl to anyone she meets because she touches everyone's heart. I was surprised at how she acts because it is almost like she doesn't want people to help her but she wants to help others. The lemonade stand went really well. I was impressed with how many donations we were able to get in a few hours. It really shows how much people care.

It was an experience that will be unforgettable. It is important as a teacher to help children in your class, school, and community. Not only will teachers help teach children the children will teach the teachers. I think that Christi does a very good job at that. It is very important to take part in the children's lives in the class. This will help to form a community between the teacher and class. I am happy that I got to be part of this experience and remember it forever.

Wow! Reflecting on everything from yesterday seems a little overwhelming. It was an overwhelming day, from overwhelming tears to overwhelming smiles and inspiration. Christi is truly an inspiration. When she explained to us why she doesn't consider herself brave I couldn't help but cry. When I told my husband what she said his only comment (other than WOW) was what a great outlook she must have on life. That is exactly why I say she is an inspiration. It's crazy what you can learn from children. I hope to spend the rest of my life learning lessons this big from children!

When Christi spoke of her future plans to go to college and her career, I really believed deep inside of me that she is going to beat this disease. If anyone can, I believe that she can.

The lemonade stand was so wonderful. I am thrilled with the outpouring of support by so many on campus and around the community. When Mrs. Grine called Big Dipper to tell me the dollar figure for the lemonade stand I had chills. I am so happy to have played a part in something so big, so important. I hope this is only the first of many times that I, along with other educators and future educators, can do something this great. A man from the Advertiser asked me if we had all supported this idea and I thought to myself, "what a silly question." How could you be anything but driven in a situation like this?

Christi, Kaleb, and Parker were such troopers! So many children would be whiney at the first sight of bees and they were hypothesizing how to keep them away from others! Mrs. Grine was right when she mentioned how differently they think. It's amazing.

This whole experience has been, again I'll use this word, amazing. I am so thankful that Christi has given me a new perspective on life. God works in amazing ways and Christi is just that - (again!) amazing.

What an emotional day. I wasn't really sure what to expect when Christi was going to read us the book. I had no idea it was going to be so touching. I loved the way she read the book in a rhythm. The book itself was very touching and a wonderful way to teach children about what cancer is, and how it affects the body. I thought the question about bravery was very good, but her response was even better. I became really emotional when she said I'm not brave, it's the people who get pricks that don't have to get them that are brave because they help people. It is a statement that reminds you of the power of children. They affect our lives just as much as we affect their lives and that is a magnificent feeling!! I fell in love with Christi seconds after she started talking and I feel truly blessed to have met her and her family. They are such strong people and a role-model for all families!! I couldn't imagine the stress their family must deal with and they handle it in such a positive way.

I felt like the lemonade stand was a huge success. It was so neat to watch people interact with Christi and also to watch her interact with them. She is such a strong person.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to do something that truly matters in the lives of other people. Sometimes I feel like college is so focused on class work, and I love when we have the opportunity to have real life experiences. Our class couldn't have done a better "community building" activity.

Thanks again.

Wow - today was awesome! It is hard for me to reflect on today with a "future teacher point of view" because all I can think about is how amazing it is going to be to work with little girls and boys like Christi. Chrisit is such an inspiration, and I was just reassured again today that this is what I want to do when I grow up. It was so cool to see all the people that showed up to "buy lemonade"

It really does hit home more when you see something like this in action. We could have talked about Chrisit and her situation for weeks and I would have never come close to experiencing what I did today. Today just proved how important it is to come together as a school, community, family, etc. and help out one person. I think that no matter what your profession is, you should always step out of the comfort zone (teachers just teach, dentist just fix teeth, insurance men just sell insurance, etc.) and volunteer your time to help/care for people who need you.

Obviously many cancer patients and their families will benefit from today's proceeds, but some of the greatest benefits will be found in the Heidelberg students who helped. It's not every day you can say you helped with something like this. Both of you (Mrs. Grine and Mrs. SanGregory) showed me what it means to be a "real teacher". Teaching isn't just about teaching students in a classroom and going home at the end of the day. Job well done!

I know there is more I want to say, but my thoughts are all over the place. It's hard for me to grasp my emotions and feelings. Wow - what a day!

God Bless!

Today was such an amazing day. I never thought that many Heidelberg students would participate and donate today. I was not sure of how today would go, and after the reading of the book, I was so amazed at how composed that Christi is. I wanted to cry after hearing the story but I thought if Christi can hold it together then I can hold it together. During the lemonade sell I was happy to see how many people wanted just to donate, and not get any lemonade. It really touched me to see how great people are.

I just loved watching Christi pour lemonade and interacting with the kids. She is such an inspiration to me, to live life to the fullest. After it was over, I felt so good. I wasn't sure how I would feel afterward, but it is really nice to know that I helped even if it was for two hours. And I think out of all of my college experiences this is the best and one I will always remember. I wish we could have a lemonade stand every month, just to help out. I am was so glad to see the out reach of support and help from Heidelberg employees, students, and community members.