If you've ever had children in a sport or after-school activity or playgroup, you've likely experienced it. Your child has a friend has a parent who is suddenly not at games as much, or plays, because they're facing an illness or a health battle, something that keeps them out of the typical lively family schedule.
It's incredibly difficult for the family facing it, indeed, and very often the parents and families and coaches touched by it want to help out however they can. American Taekwondo Association master Michelle Lee saw this in her own classes. Students could not continue because of a host of issues surrounding a parent's illness, including financial. So she decided to get pro-active.
Enter Wishing for Mommy. The organization, founded in Arizona, is all about helping mothers facing breast cancer. Donations go to a host of activities and goals, as well as expenses. One mom's wish might be an afternoon at the hair salon or a night at the theater, while other mothers might wish for a daytrip or an overnight somewhere. Wish money has also helped families with medical needs, too.
Because of Master Lee's Taekwondo background, there are a number of martial artists lending their time and athletic prowess to fundraising and some awareness-raising, too. A free class with Anthony "Showtime" Pettis, Sergio Pettis, and Mr. H Von Schmeling is set to go down in North Hollywood on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Mike Chat, known as a "trainer to the stars," and a Power Ranger are set to show and "unite mats" while granting wishes.
Place? XMA World Headquarters.
But you don't need to learn some new moves to donate. You can nominate a mom you know who needs a getaway, a little fun, or perhaps a hand with medical expenses. There's a Pink Belt campaign, too, which has both a martial arts look and raises money for Wishing for Mommy.
To find out how you can help, check the official site.