Donna Mott's son, Luke, has a rare brain disorder called Chiari malformation. The condition, which can develop in the womb as well as in adulthood, is caused by defects in the brain and spine. Some people with the condition have no symptoms; others have trouble with balance and coordination. Still others suffer from dizziness, headaches, nausea, and more.
Luke is now 12; he was diagnosed when he was 10. Since his diagnosis and brain surgery, "[h]e has come so far, and I think it’s given him a love and compassion for others in ways that continue to surprise me," Mott writes in blog post for The Mighty.
So when she mentioned to Luke that a co-worker's cancer had come back, the boy sprang to action. He spent hours making a card for the woman. Then he and Mott packed it up with a prayer bear. "I included a note explaining how Luke and I had prayed over it and when she hugged it close, she would feel our love and prayers of healing and comfort for her," Mott writes.
Then Mott sent it off, and forgot about it. But when she was feeling particularly discouraged about her son's incurable condition one day, a thank-you note appeared from her co-worker. The message at the end brought tears to Mott and Luke's eyes.
The co-worker wrote that she'd just about worn out the prayer bear, whom she'd named Luke, by hugging it as she went through her chemo treatments.
For Mott, the note came at the perfect time. "Sometimes we just need to know there can be something more to the difficult times we face," she writes. "We need to be reminded that we make a difference, that we matter."
via The Mighty