Here is Sam's first go-around the blog block:
When Peggy first identified the SnapDragon for our daughter, I said "no way". I could not imagine that we could find a way to pay for an electric wheelchair that was as expensive as a car! The chair would not be covered by TRICARE, and I needed to change myself, lengthen my perspective... Really, I needed help!
While visiting with friends over Thanksgiving last year, I had one of those choice experiences that come to friends who seek to listen more than speak. I confided in my friend Erin that I was getting a lot of pressure from Peggy to buy Esra the SnapDragon. He listened to my concerns about the price and many other things. As he let me talk, I realized that my project management skills could be applied to plan, advertise and raise sufficient funds to buy Esra's needed wheelchair. He has continued to provide immense support during this project. A true friend, indeed.
Along with Erin, I called together several friends whose experiences and skills complimented my own. One of our project members, Mark, works for a local newspaper. He listened to our story, and saw the butterfly pictures that are listed as the first blog on this site. He designed a stunning and yet simple logo to communicate Esra's journey.
Other team members and boosters have come through true serendipity. Peggy frequently says, "Open your mouth, and talk about this project!" She tells anyone who will listen or even make eye contact about our task ahead and how far we have come. We don't discriminate, and God has put some incredible and charitable people into our paths because of it. I have met complete strangers on airplane trips who have expressed real interest in Esra, and eventually donated toward her wheelchair. I'll reserve more discussion of these seemingly serendipitous events to a later blog.
Esra's trust in me, as her Dad, has drawn me to see beyond present obstacles to contemplate the life changing benefits which a special wheelchair will offer to my daughter. I am also touched to consider the trust which God and Esra put in us, her parents, to help Esra develop her full potential.
Because of this realization, I see that my true purpose is to enable my daughter to share her "light" with the world. Now, I recognize that God and the Coast Guard have already given me all of the skills that I need to provide for my daughter. I don't take any of the credit for our progress. I'm just glad to be a part of this wonderful work!