Michela’s journey with  Cavett Kids

By Michela Owen on September 27, 2023

By Michela Owen on September 27, 2023

Hey there, I’m Michela Owen, and I’m part of the fantastic team at T&S. While my day job revolves around digital marketing, there’s a side of me that’s deeply committed to something beyond the screen—supporting local nonprofits and giving back to my community.

One organization close to my heart is The Cavett Kids Foundation, aka Cavett Kids. They’re all about developing Character, Coping, and Connection for kids facing life-threatening illnesses. Let’s dive into my journey and how I got involved with the nonprofit organization.

My connection to Cavett Kids

Let me take you back a bit in my life’s story. I had a kidney transplant when I was pretty young, courtesy of my amazing mom. It was a life-altering experience.

While the transplant was a blessing, it also meant I had to take medication that weakened my immune system, opening the door to various health challenges. But beyond the physical struggles, I found it tough to connect with other kids and make lasting friendships. It was a lonely road.

Then, I discovered Cavett Kids. My first camp with them was a game-changer. For the first time, I made real, deep friendships. I learned about the three C’s:

  • Character
  • Coping
  • Connection

These weren’t just buzzwords; they were life lessons that transformed me. I went from being a shy, isolated kid dealing with health issues to the outgoing person you know today.

T&S’s involvement with Cavett Kids

My passion for Cavett Kids ignited a desire to get T&S involved. We already volunteer for a different nonprofit every other month, so I wanted one of those nonprofits to be Cavett Kids.

We decided we wanted to make a difference in the lives of kids facing health challenges. One of the incredible programs Cavett Kids runs is the Diversionary Play program. It’s a simple yet incredibly impactful concept. It’s about diverting kids’ minds from the anxiety and fear that come with medical procedures. By engaging them in crafts and games, they get to be kids, even in the hospital.

We were lucky enough to participate in Diversionary Play programs. It wasn’t just fulfilling; it was an eye-opener. It reminded us of the incredible power of compassion and the joy of giving back.

And all we had to do was play with the kids!

The impact of volunteering

Volunteering isn’t just a good deed; it’s like a ripple effect. It starts small but spreads positivity far and wide.

At T&S, we regularly take the opportunity to give back to the community. Our experience with Cavett Kids reminds us of the incredible impact volunteering can have.

As you read my story and T&S’s involvement, consider how you can make a difference in your community. Every act of kindness, big or small, counts.

What can you do?

If you know of a local organization in need of volunteers or opportunities for partnership, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know.

However, even if you don’t have an organization in mind, I encourage you to take the first step toward volunteering. Talk to friends, search online for organizations in your area, or post on social media to discover valuable opportunities to give back.

Together, we can create a brighter future for those in need!

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