As you know, we bought a bunch of "Bling" shortly before Christmas. I decided to hold off and bling the recipients after the holidays, during the dreary winter months. So, finally, here's the story.
We had lunch with Jim's sister today. After an unsuccessful lumpectomy, she will be undergoing a mastectomy this coming Friday, January 17th, in Scranton. As we left the restaurant we quietly gave her the gift bag. Three hours later when she arrived back in Scranton, she called to say that she had finally stopped crying, and that this was one of the most special gifts she has ever received. She was blown away and deeply touched by her bling! She made it a point to say she read every word of the letter that is included. We (you and Jim and I) really lifted her spirits. How do I thank you for that?
The reason that we "quietly" gave her the gift bag is because Jim's brother and sister-in-law also joined us for lunch. Their oldest daughter, Jennifer, is scheduled for her 3rd chemo session this Tuesday, for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, at Memorial Sloane Kettering, in Basking Ridge. Jen decided to cut her hair short last week, but quickly realized that she is still shedding, and will go hairless next week. Today we packaged up bling for Jen, her mom Lenee (who was at lunch with us), her sister January, her sister-in-law Robyn, and her nieces Anna and Ella. (All to be worn as Solidarity Bling) The packages will be mailed tomorrow. It feels so good to share bling with Jen and her support team. I know that they will be delighted to receive their bling. Will update you after their packages arrive. (They were all over the moon with their Bling)
Thank you for giving us a wonderful opportunity to give joy and sparkle to our loved ones who are so deserving of our support as they fight their battles. You are special people with a special foundation. We love you guys!
Lynn and Jim O'Neill
A BLING UPDATE FOR THE O'NEILLS
As you read Lynn's beautiful letter above from last year on how much they love Operation Bling, please keep Lynn and Jim in your thoughts and prayers as Lynn herself has turned into a Bling Recipient Breast Cancer Warrior this Christmas.