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Learning in Freedom

Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Thursday, February 16, 2006

cancer and a quilt

We found out that a wonderful family we met up at the conference had some very sad news this week. Diana Jenner is a single Mom of two children, her husband died five years ago of brain cancer. This week, they found out her daughter Hannah has Leukemia. I can't imagine the emotional turmoil that kind of diagnoses causes for a mother.
Our unschooling community has banded together, wanting to send love and support of course. We are all making quilt squares and mailing them on to a volunteer that will sew them into a large quilt of love and healing.

If anyone reads here and wants to get involved, please email me right away. The squares will need to be in the mail early next week as we want Hannah to have it soon. You can read about their day day journey into chemo and living with cancer here; Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia isn't really cute.

There is also talk of setting up a rotating roster of volunteers to send care packages. The idea is to cover the entire 2.5 years that Hannah will be receiving treatment. Also, she's fallen behind on her Girl Scout cookie sales (something she enjoys) due to feeling pretty cruddy lately, so lots of folks are planning to buy cookies from her. I think it would be SO cool if she sold well over her goal of 600 boxes!!

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