Maëlle has been diagnosed with autism and a neuro-muscular disorder, and during this school semester alone has been on the edge of death too many times to count. If my french teacher cancels a class, as her students we are NOT happy for the break...we are worried about what has happened to Maëlle.
It's one thing to hear about stories like this on tv, and be distanced from it and it's effects...and it's a whole other to be sitting there in class with your teacher breaking down into tears as she tells us her adorable little girl was hospitalized yet again, and in the middle of getting all her blood filtered and changed, and various other procedures there is no guarantee she'll even wake up from.
It's a lot for a 7-year-old girl. It's a lot for anyone. But Maëlle has a strength that touched our entire class, and everyone who hears of it. She smiles, she plays like the child she is, and is such a well of optimism and positivity you can't help but feel it as well.
It makes me feel selfish for taking what I have for granted. It makes me cry to think of what she and her family goes through on a daily basis, just like so many other children and their families all around the world.
And it makes me want to do something to brighten this precious girl's day even by a little.
The idea of sending her pictures and notes was thought up by svtstarlight , and we're expanding it to everyone. And I mean everyone. This is going to be a scrapbook for her, with pictures, drawings, stories and little notes from all around the world. Canada, USA, Singapore, Japan, Australia, England, Ireland, France. We want to draw in as many participants as we can, to help this little girl smile.
So what are we asking of you? Anything. Anything you want to send to her. The first deadline will be in a week (Monday, May 17th) which doesn't allow for much, but this will be an ongoing project so perhaps in the future we can organize small gifts to be sent, material things that she can hold in her hands. For now though, we ask for everything to be submitted electronically via the internet. Pictures and drawings will be printed out on good paper, notes printed in script, stories on lined paper, and everything will be scrapbooked.
Then Maëlle will receive the scrapbook...which is the best part of all.
Please join us in helping a little girl smile <3
To learn more about Maëlle, please visit her website HERE. The website is in french, so you might need to use Babelfish or Google Translations to read it.
(Don't worry about notes in English. Tsuki, myself and my friends here will translate them all for you if you can't write in French)
As well, if possible please send me a scanned picture of your signature. (Real signature isn't necessary) There will be an introductory page at the very front of the scrapbook where I will be placing the signatures of all who participated, sort of like everyone's personal marks on the project :3
Please send all contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org, we will be collecting everything through that address <3
Also, please SPREAD THE WORD!!!
Thank you so much <333