A YOUNG GIRL was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!” The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”
The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.
–adapted from the Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley
Difference-makers are all around us. Their reasons are varied, but all give willingly of their time, energy or money to make a difference in the lives of others. Click the images below to learn more about ours, or watch the video.
Life doesn't stand still. Nor does Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation in its ongoing mission to help the local community.
The 7th Annual Circle of Friends Gala will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Highland Country Club to benefit Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation. The Circle of Friends Gala has raised more than $716,000 since 2007 to help fund the Foundation’s six Friends groups, as well as special health system projects. For more event information, please call at (910) 615-1536. To purchase tickets, please click here.
Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation is pleased to announce it’s Speaker’s Bureau. If your organization is in need of a speaker, we would love to come and speak with you about any of our Friends Groups and how they relate to the health system, or we can speak about the Foundation in general. If you would like to know more about the Speaker’s Bureau, or you would like to schedule a speaker, please call (910) 615-1285.
The 29th Annual Light of Life Tree Lighting Celebration will be held Sunday, Nov. 25, to benefit Stanton Hospitality House. Honor or memorialize a friend or family member by sponsoring a light on the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center holiday tree. Purchase a 2012 holiday light for $20, or a lifetime light for $200. Donations are tax deductible and benefit Stanton Hospitality House, a home away from home for family members of patients receiving medical treatment in area hospitals. Contributions must be received by Thursday, Nov. 1. For more information, please call (910) 615-1285. To register or purchase, please click here.
Join us on Saturday, September 21 for the 8th Annual Ribbon Walk & Ride for Cancer to support local cancer patients, right here in our community. Proceeds will benefit Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation’s Friends of the Cancer Center. The generous support you give will make a difference in the lives of hundreds of cancer patients and their families. Register online at www.ribbonwalkforcancer.org.