On September 11, 2016 Shane Harmon, a Fort Worth, TX Firefighter and true Hero, asked Hallie to speak to the participants at Climb for a Calling. Here is her speech.
I don’t know much about September 11th; I am ONLY 8.
But I have seen some of the pictures of that day.
And I hear what my parents say.
I know bad guys did a TERRIBLE THING.
And parents didn’t come back home.
I know that first responders were killed trying to save lives.
The fire fighters, police officers and paramedics
that we depend on to save our lives;
THEY paid with theirs that day.
I know that my daddy went to Iraq to fight for OUR freedom
because of that day.
And some of his guys didn’t come back.
I know in the pictures that I have seen there was a sadness,
but I also see in those pictures hope and humanity.
STRANGERS holding each other up.
And HEROES continuing to climb
They climbed the steps to save more.
I know people LIFTED each other UP
sometimes out of the rubble
and sometimes out of themselves.
Today we remember those we lost, the stories of survival, and those of hope.
But just as our heroes continued to climb the stairs that day,
CONTINUED to save more people,
WE CAN CHOOSE TO DO MORE, TOO.
Our first responders who survived that terrible day need us NOW MORE THAN EVER.
Many of them are sick.
SICK with different cancers.
SICK with blood disorders.
And they need a bone marrow transplant to survive.
They need US. They need YOU.
To give them a fighting chance…
To give them MORE time…
We HAVE to do MORE.
There are 14,000 people that need bone marrow transplants.
And kids like me…
Who need to find their bone marrow match.
I have been looking for a LONG time for my bone marrow match.
And I know looking out today that MY MATCH or maybe THEIR MATCH CAN BE YOU!
You could be standing next to a HERO who can give a second chance. And, that’s what it’s all about.
My favorite activist, Martin Luther King Jr., once said
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”
I ask you today… what are you doing for others ?
Please choose to do MORE.
Please give the GIFT of a second chance.
You can join the national bone marrow registry today at the DKMS table.