My sister and my husband coordinated the best gift I could ever imagine. A binder! A binder called Project Diana. A binder filled with pages of donations to various causes near and dear to my heart. On each page is an outpouring of love and support from my friends and family. I don’t have the words to express how deeply I am moved by this act of kindness and generosity. I have been wondering how best to use this little situation I’m in to do something good. While I was wondering, they were acting, and a lot of people stepped up to the plate.
Each page of this binder is a charity and together they make a map of my heart. Here is a list of some of the places people decided to donate to as part of the Diana Project, raising over $20,000!!!!
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The White Helmets
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Rainforest Action Network
National Immigration Law Center
The Nature Conservancy
Covenant House of New Orleans
Operation Diana to Save Elephants
Louisiana Himalaya Association (Lukla Project)
April and her Family https://www.gofundme.com/dd-help-a-homeless-family
I will be adding more to the list, such as YEP in New Orleans and something about cancer but I haven’t figured it out yet.
This gift, this binder, Project Diana, reminds me that the people I am lucky enough to be surrounded by are big-hearted people. Since the moment I was diagnosed- my sister Kendall has known exactly what to say and do to make me feel better. Putting this together and putting it in my hands is the best gift I have ever received. I’m not good at receiving anything- compliments, gifts, help, encouragement. It hasn’t been easy during this time to be in the spotlight and to be the ever constant recipient of praise and goodwill. You can roll your eyes. I know how it sounds. It’s hard for me to even talk about how hard it is for me to receive things because any listener is like, come one, it can’t be that hard, get over yourself. Cancer has been humbling, to see the least.
For this gift I am eternally grateful.