When I heard about Icing Smiles, I just knew I wanted to be apart of it. An organization that connects families with very sick children, with cake decorators willing to donate their craft. I wanted be able to give back in some way to my community.
When I got the call to action, I was excited and nervous all at the same time. I knew I would be faced with so many emotions. Having dealt with the loss of a child, I knew I would be faced with personal emotions along with the emotions seeing another family going through such a difficult time. But, all my sadness was replaced by the inspiration I had from this little boy and his mother whom I had never met.
Rayshawn spent his 5th birthday in a hospital. His mother steadfast by his side. They live in Wyoming, but traveled here to Colorado for treatment. Rayshawn is fighting Neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a rare disease in which a solid tumor (a lump or mass caused by uncontrolled or abnormal cell growth) is formed by special nerve cells called neuroblasts. Normally, these immature cells grow and mature into functioning nerve cells. But in Neuroblastoma, they become cancer cells instead.
Little Rayshawn had a kidney and his spleen removed and had to undergo extensive chemotherapy. He has spent many months in the hospital and his mother sleeps on a little cot next to his hospital bed. The devotion this mother, Sabrina, has for her child is something I admire so much. She left her family and friends behind and is fighting right along side her son. Yet, she showed such gratitude and graciousness during a difficult time. As some of us moms spent our Mother’s Day, having our kids cook for us, as we took the “Day off” She spent it in a hospital room, with her only child in a hospital bed. The true meaning of “Super Mom”
When trying to decide what to make Rayshawn for his birthday cake, I asked his mother what his favorite things were. She sent me a picture of him playing with his favorite blocks. He has a fascination for letters. Not surprising, since he would be in preschool right now if he wasn’t sick. I knew right away, those blocks would be the inspiration for his cake. I decided to try and replicate it. So, I made the blocks from rice cereal treats and made the little wagon the blocks sit in also. In the world of cake decorating, trying to replicate something out of edible materials is difficult. When you make something to look like something else, it better look just like it! That’s a lot of pressure…lol A necessary skill however in this industry. I wanted to impress my little client with something he would recognize right way. I was going to do everything I could to make it happen.
There have been times in my life, when I didn’t know what my purpose was. We’ve all been there, right? Not knowing what we’re meant do with this one shot at life. How to feel fulfilled in our everyday, mundane lives. We might even complain from time to time. I know I have. Then, there are those moments, when I’m reminded at how precious life is. I know all too well, how life can be confusing. We question, why…why do children have to suffer. We’ll never know. But this family, this little boy, showed me, that I can do something good in this world. I don’t have much to offer, but I can offer my craft to a family going through a difficult time, and I can help bring a smile to their faces….even if only for a moment.
I invite you to visit Rayshawn’s page and follow his journey. www.facebook.com/myrayofsunshine