This week’s resource comes from Debra Joy Hart , a dear friend of the JNJ team. She wrote to us about FCAN, and here’s what she said:
Near and dear to my heart is FCAN. I have been with this organization since 1996. I volunteered as ” Daisy the Clown.” and, 14 years later, I am still with them.
Every spring and summer and sometimes in between, FCAN puts on Red Ribbon Trails, a camp just for Illinois families infected and/or affected with HIV/AIDS. The families and individuals that come to this camp are some of the most courageous people I have ever been privileged to be with. Whether I am quietly holding the hand of a small child, clowning adult humor with a parent or camped out with the volunteers, my heart sings in all these situations.
My relationship to FCAN folks extends outside of camp. One of the parents of a child that died of AIDS asked me to come as “Daisy” to the visitation and speak at the church service. Showing up to the funeral home in a clown costume was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Extended family and friends greeted me in the hallways of the funeral home. “Daisy, we are so glad you are here!” I looked around and my clown eyes welled up with tears as I saw albums and framed photos of camp, this child and I.
The volunteers and collaborators have become some of my best friends and confidants. These are the people that help make me laugh, give me a shoulder to cry on and most of all… show me daily hope and courage. This organization has made my life rich beyond belief. If so moved, please consider donating to them, in order to help this organization keep giving to others! FCAN – 53 W Jackson Blvd, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60604 phone: 312-786-9255 and fax: 312-786-9203. FCAN’s website is www.familiesandchildrensnetwork.org
If you are interested in volunteering for FCAN, you can find out more about it here.