The following is a story from “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and is illustrative of the spirit of our members.
One at a Time
A friend of ours was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As he grew nearer, he noticed that the local native kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things out into the ocean.
As our friend approached even closer, he noticed that the man was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.
Our friend was puzzled. He approached the man and said, “Good evening, friend. I was wondering what you are doing.”
“I’m throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it’s low tide right now and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the shore. If I don’t throw them back into the sea, they’ll die up here from lack of oxygen.”
“I understand,” my friend replied, “but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can’t possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don’t you realize this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast. Can’t you see that you can’t possibly make a difference?”
The Local native smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, “Made a difference to that one!
-Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen
The local native is like the members of the Registry because he did not say; “there is nothing I can do because I don’t have the money.” He did not say, “I cannot make a difference because I am not powerful.” He did not say, “I cannot do this because I don’t have enough friends to help.” Instead he made the most of what he had, his own spirit and energy, and he made a difference in ways he could make a difference. This is what so many of our members do. In presenting this list of people, and accomplishments, we applaud each and every one for the spirit and passion they bring to the cause of helping people with chromosome 18 abnormalities become the most that they can.
This video was made for the 2014 London fundraiser by Ellie Herzog and Liam Hill. It features the families of Shereener Browne and Sara Jackson, the event organizers, and was made to help explain why The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society is so important to those who find it.