‘Twas December 23 and all through the BDC*,
Everyone was busy decorating their tree.
Or lighting their candles or baking some sweets,
Or messaging friends or sending tweets.
And wrapping up the year, here in Georgetown,
We could hardly wait to share what we found.
Rather than sending cards that end in the trash,
We decided to do something rather rash.
We love our boys and girls with factor VIII or IX,
But many will never get factor at holiday time.
Those overseas face a grim holiday
With pain, swollen joints and sorrow they can’t allay.
We try to help them all throughout the year,
But a special case came to us, that made us tear.
A boy in Nepal, a faraway land,
Was truly in need of a helping hand.
A medical team from Mary M. Gooley was there,
To volunteer their services and provide great care.
Surgery! A new knee! What rejoining they made,
Until they learned: the prosthetic had never been paid!
The surgery was tomorrow! What to do?
In desperation they reach out to you-know-who.
And we said yes, of course we could.
And the surgery happened, as it must and should.
If you don’t get a card from us, don’t feel slighted.
Our Christmas budget went to a boy who’s delighted.
He got a new knee, one that works right.
He is our Christmas star, our Hanukkah light.
His name? Om Krishna, and you can see him
As he’s also a star in a new medium.
Instead of watching this season a movie like “The Grinch,”
See “Bombardier Blood,” by Patrick J. Lynch!
Om Krishna’s the one who lost his brother,
Who lost his home, and only has his mother.
But he never complains, and he’s grateful to be,
Always wears a smile, and now a new knee!
We wish you a blessed holiday and happy new year,
Keep the poor in your hearts and share your good cheer!
From Laurie and all of us at LA Kelley Communications
*Bleeding Disorder Community