Hundreds brighten the holidays for single mother facing rare illness

As we wind down this holiday season, most of us have cleaned up the “mess” from unwrapping gifts Christmas morning as we celebrated with family and/or friends.

Let’s be honest, though. The holidays aren’t always that great for some of us. It can be tough for any number of reasons. Regardless, it can provide some great perspective. Sometimes a gift under the tree doesn’t give you the joy or whatever it is your heart and soul are yearning for.

I believe that is the case for a young woman in Fort Atkinson. While I have zero doubt she got extreme joy from watching her little girl open presents Christmas Day, I know she’s still waiting for something some of us might take for granted — the gift of life.

I’m not talking about organ donation, I’m talking about the gift of being alive every minute, every second, of every day — the gift of time.Hundreds brighten the holidays for single mother facing rare illness

Earlier this month, she was given a tremendous gift from residents in Fort Atkinson and surrounding communities. It’s not something she can touch or hold with her hands, but she can undoubtedly feel it in her heart. It’s a gift of unending support and love, a reassurance that she is not nor ever will be alone.

I’d like you to meet Leslie Thousand.

She’s fighting for her life.

And her attitude makes you want to cheer her on.

I encourage you to watch this story. Hundreds brighten the holidays for single mother facing rare illness

If you know her daughter, Rylyn, or your kids know her, please be extremely cautious with the information you’ve learned from the story because Rylyn doesn’t know a lot and Leslie would like to keep it that way.

Thanks for understanding.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with medical expenses. Hundreds brighten the holidays for single mother facing rare illness

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