The September 2016 Edition of “The Chirp”, the official Sparrow’s Nest newsletter, features an inspirational note from founder Krista Jones.

Krista Jones, Founder of Sparrow's Nest CharityLast week, I took one of our recipients to breakfast to celebrate her last chemo treatment, hopefully EVER. It was during the time I was ordering an egg white omelet (trying to be healthy!) and asking her what she was most thrilled about that she leaned over and exclaimed (very loudly) she was so excited she would soon be growing hair.

Hair.

Something I take for granted every day. I often complain about my longish locks falling into my eyes when I go for a run. I complain even more often than that when I style my hair and then look nothing like the picture in the magazine. I grumble almost every morning that I don’t have time to even fix my hair as I am trying to wake up kids, shove a bagel in them and get them out the door while throwing my hair up in a ponytail because by this point I am usually beyond frustrated. So when the radiant woman sitting across from me told me how excited she is to grow hair, I just looked at her. I just sat there absorbing what she was saying and realized how absolutely traumatic it must be to lose all your hair….to know you are losing your hair and forcing yourself to shave it off before it all falls out in clumps.

I don’t think of myself as a vain person, but I can’t imagine being bald as a result of a devastating disease that is raging through my body. If I am going to go bald, I think I would like it to be on my terms, not because I don’t have a choice in the matter. As I watched this survivor beaming as she told me all the amazing things she planned to do once her energy returned, I silently promised myself I would start wearing my hair down more often and embrace the beauty of it.

Additionally, this edition also thanked the participants in the Sparrow’s Nest 3rd annual Super Hero 5K. Together, you and 378 runners helped us raise $20,000 to help feed families in the Hudson Valley who are battling cancer. You can see more fun pics from the event here.

Here are some other highlights:

  • Our founder Krista Jones will honored this fall with a very special award from the Poughkeepsie Branch of American Association of University Woman.
  • Krista has also been nominated to receive a leadership award from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  • And two local high school football teams are scoring BIG points by helping out Sparrow’s Nest.

You can read the full September edition of “The Chirp” online here. But you can get future editions of “The Chirp” delivered right to your Inbox! Just subscribe here, and voila!