I stopped in at the Her Story Cafe last week and discovered Christmas festivities in action. When I say “Christmas festivities”, no doubt you think of good food and friends. You’re right, but this event had even more of the spirit of Christmas in it.
It appeared I had walked in on a simple cookie swap. Six or seven people had made cookies and were now leisurely exchanging them, along with conversation, at the cafe.
I edged toward the table to get some pictures of all the deliciousness.
With a few questions, I learned that more was going on here. The conversation centered around a young lady who has been diagnosed with leukemia.
I’ve written about Her Story Cafe several times. Regular readers know I wax poetic about owner Liz Rosenbaum’s mac & cheese with ranch seasoning, as well as her commitment to the southeast side of town. That commitment extends to the people in town and Liz had turned her cookie swap into a fundraiser for the family.
Sadly, I know a thing or two about leukemia. I ran two races to raise money for the Leukemia Society in the last few years to replace the resources they expended on us when my late husband was diagnosed with the disease. We used to joke that at 45 years old he was the “face of childhood leukemia”.
My late husband died of the disease, but thankfully the cookie swappers were able to tell me that Amber, the young lady, is doing well. Treatments for leukemia work very well in young people and chances are she will make a full recovery.
Since I know from experience that serious illnesses are hard on the family regardless of prognosis, I put some money in the stocking. It helps with all kinds of things, from medical co-pays to things insurance doesn’t cover, like clothes for the patient to wear in the hospital and cosmetic supplies to soothe a girl who has lost her hair.
Christmas has passed, but you can continue in its spirit. If you’d like to help support the Moore family, contact Liz at the Cafe or stop in!