Jun 11 2012

CFCA sponsor featured as ‘Mom of the Month’ on LancMoms.com

CFCA sponsor MaryAnne CullenOne of our longtime CFCA sponsors, MaryAnne Cullen, was featured as the June “Mom of the Month” on LancMoms.com!

Among her many achievements, MaryAnne is a lawyer and completes sprint marathons and triathlons.

She has raised nine children with her husband, James, and homeschooled them. She also started sponsoring with CFCA in 1996.

The article also mentions her sponsorship with CFCA:

Throughout the years she [MaryAnne] has helped others worldwide. She sponsors children through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. She and her family have traveled to places like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador and Colombia to meet them. Her next trips will be to El Salvador this summer and to Kenya next February.

MaryAnne wrote a beautiful blog post for us in 2011, “Sponsorships are life-altering donations,” which we encourage you to read if you haven’t done so already.

Congratulations, MaryAnne!

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Apr 5 2011

Sponsorships are life-altering donations

We recently received this submission from MaryAnne Cullen, who sponsors many children and elderly people through CFCA’s Hope for a Family program. It was such a different, beautiful perspective on sponsorship that we wanted to share it with you!

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Some of the children and youth sponsored by Mary Anne.

A few years ago, I received a startling telephone call from a representative from the National Bone Marrow Donor Program.

The caller unexpectedly revealed that I was a “potential” match for a 55-year-old woman with non-Hodgkinís lymphoma.

Further testing confirmed that I was the perfect match out of 6 million people in the registry ñ something akin to finding a needle in a haystack.

Shortly thereafter, my stem cells were on their way to a foreign country to be injected into an anonymous recipient.

I see similarities between being a stem cell donor and being a sponsor for a child or elderly person. In both cases, there is an overwhelming need for donors.

However, for the one person who received a bone marrow or stem cell donation, or for the one child or elderly person who has a sponsor, the donation can literally mean the difference between life and death.

I saw the children I sponsor in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia and Guatemala and observed the poverty and desperation.

I can empathize with each child’s mother because I see that each one wants to provide more for her child, but is unable to because of circumstances beyond her control.

I witnessed the tangible benefits that a monthly sponsorship can bring to a child’s life ó food, education, clothing and gifts on birthdays and Christmas.

But each child receives not just material goods, but a sense of hope and the feeling someone truly loves them.

When you help even just one child through sponsorship, it can have a multiplying effect. That child may pursue a career as a teacher or nurse where he or she helps countless others.

Just as I will never meet the woman to whom I gave the stem cells, I may never meet some of the children or elderly whom I sponsor.

However, I know that through the letters exchanged and the monthly donations, each sponsorship forever changes a life.

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