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Hope everyone Believes!

Glv49
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I received this in an email from one of my friends, and thought everyone could read it ... it really touched me.
Gail

Always believe in MIRACLES!! Three years ago, a little boy and his
> >> > >>>grandmother came to see Santa at Mayfair Mall in Wisconsin. The
> >>child
> >> > >>>climbed up on his lap, holding a picture of a little girl.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"Who is this?" asked Santa, smiling. "Your friend? Your sister?"
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"Yes, Santa," he replied. "My sister, Sarah, who is very sick," he
> >>said
> >> > >>>sadly.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>Santa glanced over at the grandmother who was waiting nearby, and
> >>saw
> >>her
> >> > >>>dabbing her eyes with a tissue.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"She wanted to come with me to see you, oh, so very much, Santa!"
> >> > >>>the child exclaimed. "She misses you," he added softly.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>Santa tried to be cheerful and encouraged a smile to the boy's face,
> >> > >>>asking him what he wanted Santa to bring him for Christmas.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>When they finished their visit, the Grandmother came over to help
> >>the
> >> > >>>child off his lap, and started to say something to Santa, but
> >>halted.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"What is it?" Santa asked warmly.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"Well, I know it's really too much to ask you, Santa, but ." the old
> >> > >>>woman began, shooing her grandson over to one of Santa's elves to
> >>collect
> >> > >>>the little gift which Santa gave all his young visitors. "The girl
> >>in
> >> > >>>the photograph... my granddaughter well, you see ... she has
> >>leukemia
> >> > >>>and isn't expected to make it even through the holidays," she said
> >> > >>>through tear-filled eyes. "Is there any way, Santa . any possible
> >>way
> >> > >>>that you could come see Sarah? That's all she's asked for, for
> >> > >>>Christmas, is to see Santa."
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>Santa blinked and swallowed hard and told the woman to leave
> >>information
> >> > >>>with his elves as to where Sarah was, and he would see what he could
> >>do.
> >> > >>>Santa thought of little else the rest of that afternoon. He knew
> >>what
> >>he
> >> > >>>had to do. "What if it were MY child lying in that hospital bed,
> >>dying,"
> >> > >>>he thought with a sinking heart, "this is the least I can do."
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>When Santa finished visiting with all the boys and girls that
> >>evening,
> >>he
> >> > >>>retrieved from his helper the name of the hospital where Sarah was
> >> > >>>staying. He asked the assistant location manager how to get to
> >>Children's
> >> > >>>Hospital.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"Why?" Rick asked, with a puzzled look on his face.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>Santa relayed to him the conversation with Sarah's grandmother
> >>earlier
> >> > >>>that day. "C'mon.... I'll take you there," Rick said softly.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>Rick drove them to the hospital and came inside with Santa. They
> >>found
> >> > >>>out which room Sarah was in. A pale Rick said he would wait out in
> >>the
> >> > >>>hall.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>Santa quietly peeked into the room through the half-closed door and
> >>saw
> >> > >>>little Sarah on the bed. The room was full of what appeared to be
> >>her
> >> > >>>family; there was the Grandmother and the girl's brother he had met
> >> > >>>earlier that day. A woman whom he guessed was Sarah's mother stood
> >>by
> >> > >>>the bed, gently pushing Sarah's thin hair off her forehead. And
> >>another
> >> > >>>woman who he discovered later was Sarah's aunt, sat in a chair near
> >>the
> >> > >>>bed with weary, sad look on her face. They were talking quietly,
> >>and
> >> > >>>Santa could sense the warmth and closeness of the family, and their
> >>love
> >> > >>>and concern for Sarah. Taking a deep breath, and forcing a smile on
> >>his
> >> > >>>face, Santa entered the room, bellowing a hearty, "Ho, ho, ho!"
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"Santa!" shrieked little Sarah weakly, as she tried to escape her
> >>bed
> >>to
> >> > >>>run to him, IVtubes in tact. Santa rushed to her side and gave her
> >>a
> >> > >>>warm hug. A child the tender age of his own son -- 9 years old --
> >>gazed
> >> > >>>up at him with wonder and excitement. Her skin was pale and her
> >>short
> >> > >>>tresses bore telltale bald patches from the effects of chemotherapy.
> >>But
> >> > >>>all he saw when he looked at her was a pair of huge, blue eyes. His
> >> > >>>heart melted, and he had to force himself to choke back tears.
> >>Though
> >> > >>>his eyes were riveted upon Sarah's face, he could hear the gasps and
> >> > >>>quiet sobbing of the women in the room.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>As he and Sarah began talking, the family crept quietly to the
> >>bedside
> >> > >>>one by one, squeezing Santa's shoulder or his hand gratefully,
> >>whispering
> >> > >>>"thank you" as they gazed sincerely at him with shining eyes. Santa
> >>and
> >> > >>>Sarah talked and talked, and she told him excitedly all the toys she
> >> > >>>wanted for Christmas, assuring him she'd been a very good girl that
> >>year.
> >> > >>>As their time together dwindled, Santa felt led in his spirit to
> >>pray
> >>for
> >> > >>>Sarah, and asked for permission from the girl's mother. She nodded
> >>in
> >> > >>>agreement and the entire family circled around Sarah's bed, holding
> >> > >>>hands. Santa looked intensely at Sarah and asked her if she believed
> >>in
> >> > >>>angels.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"Oh, yes, Santa... I do!" she exclaimed.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"Well, I'm going to ask that angels watch over you, "he said.
> >> > >>>Laying one hand on the child's head, Santa closed his eyes and
> >>prayed.
> >> > >>>He asked that God touch little Sarah, and heal her body from this
> >> > >>>disease. He asked that angels minister to her, watch and keep her.
> >>And
> >> > >>>when he finished praying, still with eyes closed, he started singing
> >> > >>>softly, "Silent Night, Holy Night.... all is calm, all is bright."
> >>The
> >> > >>>family joined in, still holding hands, smiling at Sarah, and crying
> >>tears
> >> > >>>of hope, tears of joy for this moment, as Sarah beamed at them all.
> >>When
> >> > >>>the song ended, Santa sat on the side of the bed again and held
> >>Sarah's
> >> > >>>frail, small hands in his own.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"Now, Sarah, "he said authoritatively, "you have a job to do, and
> >>that
> >>is
> >> > >>>to concentrate on getting well. I want you to have fun playing with
> >>your
> >> > >>>friends this summer, and I expect to see you at my house at Mayfair
> >>Mall
> >> > >>>this time next year!" He knew it was risky proclaiming that, to this
> >> > >>>little girl who had terminal cancer, but he "had" to. He had to
> >>give
> >>her
> >> > >>>the greatest gift he could -- not dolls or games or toys -- but the
> >>gift
> >> > >>>of HOPE.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"Yes, Santa! "Sarah exclaimed, her eyes bright.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>He leaned down and kissed her on the forehead and left the room.
> >> > >>>Out in the hall, the minute Santa's eyes met Rick's, a look passed
> >> > >>>between them and they wept unashamed. Sarah's mother and
> >>grandmother
> >> > >>>slipped out of the room quicklyand rushed to Santa's side to thank
> >>him.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"My only child is the same age as Sarah," he explained quietly.
> >> > >>>"This is the least I could do." They nodded with understanding and
> >>hugged
> >> > >>>him.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>One year later, Santa Mark was again back on the set in Milwaukee
> >>for
> >>his
> >> > >>>six-week, seasonal job which he so loves to do. Several weeks went
> >>by
> >> > >>>and then one day a child came up to sit on his lap.
> >> > >>>"Hi, Santa! Remember me?!"
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"Of course, I do," Santa proclaimed (as he always does), smiling
> >>down
> >>at
> >> > >>>her.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>After all, the secret to being a "good" Santa is to always make each
> >> > >>>child feel as if they are the "only" child in the world at that
> >>moment.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>"You came to see me in the hospital last year!" Santa's jaw dropped.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>Tears immediately sprang in his eyes, and he grabbed this little
> >>miracle
> >> > >>>and held her to his chest. "Sarah!" he exclaimed. He scarcely
> >> > >>>recognized her,for her hair was long and silky and her cheeks were
> >>rosy
> >> > >>>-- much different from the little girl he had visited just a year
> >>before.
> >> > >>> He looked over and saw Sarah's mother and grandmother in the
> >>sidelines
> >> > >>>smiling and waving and wiping their eyes.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>That was the best Christmas ever for Santa Claus. He had witnessed
> >> > >>>--and been blessed to be instrumental in bringing about -- this
> >>miracle
> >> > >>>of hope.
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>This precious little child was healed. Cancer-free. Alive and
> >>well.
> >>He
> >> > >>>silently looked up to Heaven and humbly whispered, "Thank you,
> >>Father.
> >> > >>>'Tis a very, Merry Christmas!
> >> > >>>
> >> > >>>If you believe in miracles you will pass this on...I did!
> >> > >>>

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scouty
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Gail,

I got this in an email earlier this week and cried like a baby reading it since it pulled some heart stings from my journey. Thanks for posting it again and making me cry all over again (one of those good cries).

And I wear a believe necklace and have many believe stones in the healing bag that Kanort was so kind to give me at CP2 in Vegas last year. It goes with me to every doc appt I have and has endured 2 successful surgeries (I don't think it is a coincidence).

Lisa P.

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spongebob
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Thanks, Gail... I got tear stains all over my uniform. Well, at least it's salt water.

Happy holidays.

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Kanort
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Yes, Always Believe!

Kay

nana98
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Thank you... I BELEIVE

Karen

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lfondots63
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Oh shoot! I guess I tell everyone at work that I have a terrible cold since my eyes are so red now from crying. I should have known to wait until I got home. Thanks for the great post!

Lisa F

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KathiM
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Joined: Aug 2005

Oh, Gail..what a grand story!
'Hope' is the best 4-letter word I know!!!!!
(And I have it on good authority that the beast HATES this word!!!)
Hugs, Kathi

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2bhealed
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Joined: Dec 2001

sniff sniff

thanks for the sweet story.

I grew up shopping at Mayfair Mall so it was more than a good story but a trip down memory lane.

Hope is all we have sometimes.

peace, emily

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