i was excited to head out to charming charlies on sunday to be a part of the Bling for Bari event at Charming Charlie. it was a fundraiser to raise money for my high school friend bari. she has been through so much in such a short period of time. i’ll never forget being in vermont over labor day and getting all of these weird posts about bari on facebook. i was desperate to find out what had happened. bari contracted a staph infection which has left her unable to move from the neck down. bari has four small children: twins that are one, a two year-old, and a five year-old. anyone who knows bari is hoping and praying each day for bari, but know that her journey is far from over. bari has a night nurse that is critical to her care and comfort. it costs $15/ night for bari to have that personal night nurse. the event raised over $5,000 so bari should be set for a while!
my iphone pic of the donation table with a gorgeous picture of bari pre staph infection. her smile is contagious.
more than anything, i noticed there were people from all over supporting bari; coming out on their sunday afternoon to give their time and money to help a friend in need. what an outpouring of love. i even heard a few people say they didn’t even know bari but came after hearing about her story. while i was so happy to be there to support my friend, i skyped with her and, as i frequently do, realized how fragile life is. bari is wheelchair bound with a breathing tube. just like that, she walked herself into the hospital and now faces a life unlike any she could’ve imagined. she has done so with such grace. she had a smile plastered on her face the whole time people were skyping with her.
what did we do before skype? i don’t know which side was more excited us or bari!
i guess situations like this teach me to be more grateful. when i’m frustrated that i can’t go or do something, i think about bari. when my house isn’t tidy, i need to step back and look at the big picture. i and my family have our health. that’s really all that matters, isn’t it? and what matters most for bari is that she is making great strides. she is eating again, talking, having visits from friends and family. she is a fighter. bari has overcome obstacles we can’t comprehend. i am so proud to know her and can’t wait to see how far she can go with her recovery. i’ll be cheering her on every step of the way and hope you can find it in your heart to do the same.