Tuesday, 11 November 2014

AIRMAIL CHRISTMAS: 2014!

This is the third year I have ran Airmail Christmas and what fun it has been!!! I really hope you take part this year. One of the most important things for me about Airmail Christmas is that it is ran in honour of a special person. And this year is no exception...



When you send your Christmas card to someone in the world this year. I would love it to be sent in honour of Anna Basso. I think the only person who can sum Anna up is her big sister Patrice. When I started blogging back in 2009 Patrice's blog was one of the first blogs I followed. Patrice is so funny, witty and real! I remember so vividly Patrice documenting how her and Anna would get into their Christmas pyjamas on Christmas eve and open gifts. I was gutted when she announced her little sister had bone cancer. Patrice documented Anna's battle so beautifully and even though Anna is sadly not on this Earth...the legacy she has left behind and the sterling work her family carry out in her memory...is beyond incredible. Here Patrice, Anna's big sister, shares more about her and how sending a card in memory of her is so important!

Anna Basso was a fun loving, free spirited, beautiful girl. She loved to have fun, to make people laugh and she had a huge heart. She cared deeply about other people; in the words of one of her best friends, “Cancer is supposed to crush your spirits and bring you down. Anna never let it get to her like that, she only showed her strength and if she was worried about anything it was her friends and family. “ Anna was diagnosed in the middle of her junior year of high school with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive bone cancer that primarily affects adolescents ages 10-20. She endured a year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and then was given the all-clear report. Sadly, 5 months later, it was discovered cancer cells remained in her bone marrow. She had relapsed and had to fight for her life. 18 months after her diagnosis, and less than a month after her high school graduation, Anna passed away.


During her battle with cancer, over 1 million prayers were pledged on her behalf. It seemed right, but also just natural, that Anna’s legacy should carry on through the people she connected. Anna, too, had a dream for what her legacy could be. Rather than pass along burned CDs of music she found significant, or fill journals with her wit and wisdom, Anna wanted to be remembered through a foundation bent on finding ways to defeat this disease and helping those affected by it. With that in mind, we created the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation in January of 2012.

Christmas was always a special time in our family. It is the holiday that I have the most special memories of growing up, and all of these include my sister, Anna.

Every year on Christmas Eve, we got to open our first present, which was always Christmas pajamas.  These were often matching, too. Then, although we had separate bedrooms, my sister and I always spent the night together. Anna would wake me up early in the morning so we could go downstairs and see what “Santa” brought us. Christmas day was always spent in the laziest, but best possible way; usually in our pajamas all day and enjoying our new presents. Our Dad is one of the best cooks, so we always had a delicious Christmas night dinner.

Our family cherishes the Christmas memories we have with Anna, and we feel strongly about honoring her giving and loving spirit, especially around Christmas time. That’s why AirMail Christmas is the perfect fit! More ways to spread the love that Anna had for each and every person she met. 
As you can see Anna's story has left a mark on so many people. The charity - One Million for Anna - started off with excelling a million prayers for Anna's healing. I would love to be able to send a million Christmas cards off for her too. I know that's asking a little too much...okay a lot...but it would be great to get it started would it not?

If you are willing to take part and extend your Christmas spirit onto other people then all you have to do is this.

1) Email your address (it can be your home, work or anywhere else address that you would like a card to be posted to you at) to the designated email address: forrobin_christmas(at)hotmail.com. Please be rest assured your addresses will be held confidentially and will not be shared with anyone else apart from the person who will be sending you the card. Emails need to be sent by 1st December 2014.

2) I will then email you the address of someone else that you can send a card to this year.

3) Once you have posted your card all you need to do is wait for the card that you will receive from another generous person.

4) Then tweet/instagram/facebook a picture of your card using the hashtag AirmailChristmas (#airmailchristmas).

The only rule is that you need to be willing to post abroad if the person you are paired up with lives in another country.

I really hope you can take part in this years Christmas card exchange. When I asked Patrice if it could be in honour of her baby sister this year- she was so honoured! I wish I had the chance to meet Anna and I hope in a way this helps spread her legacy and spirit around the world a little bit more. 

So the more the merrier! Tell your friends, family and fellow social media families. Anna loved Christmas so lets start wishing everyone 'A Very Airmail Christmas' this year!!!

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2 comments:

fromthekoalatree said...

Yay. A great choice! Let's do this for Anna x

Hey Monkey Butt said...

What a precious story, I love these! I'm saddened by their loss and the reminders it brings for me, but excited that her light shined bright and we're able to be a part of keeping that flame going.

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