Simple Things That Aren’t So Simple
For most families, the idea of loading up the kids and heading to the library isn’t a major undertaking. To bring your children to the local library for story time or to let them grab the latest book in their favorite series may be something that has become a chore.
Many children who have life-limiting illnesses aren’t that lucky. Their mobility may be so limited that simply getting in a car is a major event. Perhaps their medication regimen doesn’t allow them to be out of the home for long periods of time. Maybe they’re on tube feedings that require being home during story time. There are other children who have immune systems so weak they can’t be in public places. We started the Mobile Library Project for children like these and their families.
Giving Credit Where It’s Due
The Mobile Library Project was actually the idea of Cooper’s older brother, Graham. When Cooper was alive, Graham was very small. Some of Graham’s first long-term memories are of his baby brother’s struggles. He’s very excited about the Foundation and is constantly throwing out ideas to improve things and to help children like his brother. One day, we were cleaning his room. We began stacking books that he’d read in piles to donate to the library. All of a sudden, he stopped. His face lit up. “Mom, why can’t we donate these to the Foundation and bring them to the kids who are sick?!”
The dreaded room cleaning had turned into something amazing. The Mobile Library Project’s inception wasn’t glamorous. It began in a little boy’s messy room with piles of gently used books stacked haphazardly on the floor and a twinkle in a ten-year-old’s eye. The ultimate goal is to use this project as a way to enrich the lives of these children and their loved ones by bringing the joys of reading to them. One little boy has received an immense amount of joy already in finding a way to honor his brother by helping other children with life-limiting illnesses.