There are those moments in life where time seems to stand still. The world becomes quiet; objects and people outside of your immediate attention blend into the background, and you can count every breath you take.
These are powerful moments, they come seldom and when they do, last only a short time. They can only be brought on by something, or someone, that demands every ounce of energy and attention you have. These are the truly important things in life.
I had one of these “moments” on Saturday night, at the beginning of the “Bid for Bach” event, a fundraiser for Friends and Families of Cystic Fibrosis. Everyone had been asked to take their seats, the host and hostess had been introduced, and there had been a introduction given. We assumed it was time to start the bidding, then there was a pause, and the hum in the room grew silent. About the same time I noticed a girl, a teenager, standing at the back of the stage. Just then, the woman speaking said there was one last thing before the bidding was to start, and for this, she needed our undivided attention. “I need to hear a pin drop”, was the statement she made. Then she introduced the girl, Sohpia.
Confident and poised, she walked forward and stepped up to the microphone. In the next few minutes she gave one of the most compelling speeches I have ever heard. She described to us a little bit about her life, her life living with CF. She told us of the struggles she faces each day, and her hopes for the future, along with how important it is for her to stay healthy. By the time she was done, I had tears in my eyes, and I wasn’t the only one.
It was those few minutes when we all knew exactly why we were there…the bachelors and bachelorettes, the committee members, parents, friends, and attendees. Clear as crystal.
She received a standing ovation from the crowd, and left the stage. After everyone dried their eyes and sat back down, the bidding began and the first of over 51,000 dollars was raised…and they are still counting!
So I’ll say it again, thank you to all who donated, all who participated, and all who came out in support. Whether in a big or small way, you did make a difference!