Everyone of us know this kid. In fact, every childhood memory you have includes that one kid in your school you grew up in, everyone knew was the school yard bully. You know the type; the one who threatened to beat you to a pulp if you didn’t hand over your lunch money or the one who promised to tell the entire school you still sleep with a teddy bear if you didn’t do their homework for them! Bullies!!
My story is a bit different just because I was born a bit different. Instantly I was singled out as the one others chose to pick on. Thankfully it didn’t last that long due to a teacher by the name of Mr. Jenkins. In the 4th grade he made a major difference in my life and I am very grateful for his insight, wisdom and concern.
However, not every child is blessed to have a Mr. Jenkins in their life. There are kids, it may be some of you that are reading this right now or it may be your children that are going through being bullied on a regular basis, that daily deal with being pushed around because they are different than the other kids on the playground. I will admit that some of the most damaging experiences happen in the formative years of our youth and if they are not properly dealt with can linger for years to come.
This is why I speak consistently into the lives of students. I know the feelings that come with being picked on, misunderstood, singled out – the list can go on and on. This is also why I recently formed a non-profit called ThumbUp Foundation so that I and others like me, can help families and children/youth that are born with disabilities, overcome the stigma of being different. TUF has been formed to educate, assist and motivate those that experience the pain of being singled out just because of a birth defect.
Many of you know my story and you know that the path to overcoming whatever may be stopping someone, is the path I call attitude. “Your attitude determines your direction and direction is more important than speed.” I can’t control others perception of me but I can control how I perceive what I have been “handed” in my life. The problem arises when there is no one to help guide and direct that attitude in the direction of success. This is one of the primary purposes of the ThumbUp Foundation. This foundation exists to help others overcome their differences and we do it by supporting families, by educating and training those affected, and by providing resources that inspire and motivate.
This is why I am not afraid to ask for your help. 1 out of every 1200 births are affected by the condition I was born with, which is called Amniotic Band Syndrome. I want you to be a part of this opportunity that is going to make a huge difference in the lives of those affected by Amniotic Band Syndrome. There is needs to be a source of positive reinforcement available in this age that is filled with more than just school yard antics. We have students and teenagers that are cyber bullied, threatened and forgotten all because they may be somewhat different than the rest. If you would like to be a part of this world-changing endeavor please follow the link below to learn more. No gift is too small. I am so thankful for those that have already helped by donating to this worthy cause which is going to help get the message of ThumbUp Foundation out there.
Thanks much and make sure to follow the link below.
~DarinHELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE