Author Archives: Jackie Babiarz

Fundraising With Kids Can Be Fun and Impactful

Kids are absolutely incredible fundraisers. They have a million different ideas. With an adult’s help organizing, they can raise so much money and awareness. One of my childhood friends, Megan, is an elementary teacher. Upon learning about my 12-year-old daughter Cammy’s Rett syndrome diagnosis, Megan immediately knew how…

Why We Love the Y

I grew up a YMCA kid. We lived across the street from the Leaning Tower YMCA in Niles, Illinois, a landmark for anyone who grew up on the north side of Chicago. My dad loved the replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa so much that when he…

Giving Doesn’t Have to Cost a Thing

We can always give something. Some give money to their favorite charity. Others donate their time to distribute goods at a food pantry. Many do a random act of kindness by paying for the person behind them at a drive-thru. People give thoughts, prayers, hugs, and condolences during a…

What It Means to Carry Others Through

Whether we realize it or not, we carry someone through on a daily basis. A dad makes breakfast for his son to carry him through final exams. Teammates cheer from the sidelines to carry their team through to the end zone. A friend delivers coffee to carry a…

I Know You, Struggling Parent

When Cammy was 14 months old, she and her cousin Olivia took a weekly toddler music class called Wiggleworms. I dreaded trying my best each week to put a smile on my face and pretend to have fun. I was puppet master to my 14-month-old, acting as…

The COVID-19 Vaccine Gave Our Family a Dose of Hope

My family is overwhelmingly grateful for the COVID-19 vaccination. We can breathe a little more easily now that our daughter Cammy is protected. We are infinitely thankful for the dedication of the people in the scientific and medical fields. The COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely difficult on…