This is McKenna Dunlap. She is a member of our Dojo Family. She has been diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis chrons. McKenna is only 9 years old. While other kids are outside playing, swimming with friends, going to sleepovers and doing other fun things that 9 year old little girls get to do, she is busy going to doctors offices, hospitals, undergoing tests, colonoscopies, pokes, prods, and medications that leave her feeling miserable and bloated. She is unable to hold down any food or liquids. Things that you and I take for granted.The most painful experience that I have EVER had was nearly 5 years ago when many of the people who I had considered family, and close friends were not there for me in my time of need! When it was unknown whether I would live or die! Some of which had the ability and potential to help prevent my business from collapsing, by simply volunteering their time, and could have helped to prevent losing 70% of my business volume. I was devastated to learn that these people chose to turn a blind eye on me, my family, and the Dojo! I swore that I would never willfully or unwillingly cause that kind of pain on anyone who viewed me in the same regard as I viewed these people!On September 22, 2012 we will be hosting a kick a thon fundraiser 100% of the proceeds will go to help offset the enormous mounding medical bills associated with McKenna's treatment. I will be looking for sponsors to offer great prizes for those who contribute the most to this cause. I am asking each of my facebook fans and friends to help out in some way or another, I will be setting up a paypal account specifically for this event. Watch for the posts about it and the link so that those of you who are capable to contribute can do so with ease. Health insurance does not always pay all of the medical bills. I am still paying on my share of my 1 Million dollar bike ride.If you are not in a position to help financially, please help by re-sharing this post on your wall.I will be calling on all of the martial arts community within my reach to join us in our efforts. You know that if the shoe was on the other foot I would do all I could do to help. I expect the same from the martial arts community!An added bonus to this experience is the lesson that my students will take from this, that when a family member truly needs our help, we have 2 choices. Turn a blind eye and look the other way as our family member/friend struggles to survive, and to stand on their own, while we go about our business as though nothing had ever happened. Or we can jump down in the trenches with them and help them to rise above it, help them learn to walk again, hold their hand until they are able to run. Giving them a clear understanding of what it is like to have compassion for others, and to offer their assistance when it is needed!
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