Ok guys, I have something a little different for you today. It’s a call to action instead of a recipe, but I wouldn’t post it if it wasn’t something I believed in or thought you would be interested in too.
I had a friend at BYU named Mark. Mark is awesome. My oldest was 18 months old when we met Mark and she was completely in love with him from day one. Kids are such good judges of character and May was right, Mark is a gem.
For the past few years Mark has been working in film and has dedicated his time to an amazing project that involved creating a movie called I Am Not My Body. In short, the movie is about Marius, who at eight was burned on over 75% of his body (the fire actually killed both of his parents). It’s a story of his incredible journey, recovery, and relocation to the US. The part that I loved, and a strong theme in the film, is how positive that sweet boy has stayed, regardless of these unfathomable trials. It’s one of those feel-good movies that everyone needs to see. You want to be a better person after you watch it, and that type of media is something we need more of.
The big hurdle right now for the film is money… keep reading before you decide if it’s for you or not. Spreading their message is also vital. The end of the post will give you a few options for helping.
Did you know Stephanie Nielsen from NieNie Dialogues is also working to spread the news. She’s a big supported of the film. I think part of her support is because it hits so close to home (she too was burned over most her body in a 2008 plane crash, and she is also an amazing example of happiness through the trials). She actually on the bonus features too!
Mark and I did a Q&A of sorts so that you all could get better acquainted.
If you don’t like the story, that’s okay too. All we ask is that you consider “paying it forward” and just do something nice for someone. It makes the world a better place, right? :-)
Ok- there you have it… a cause worth sharing. You can watch a trailer of the movie here (some of the images are a bit startling, I wouldn’t watch it with tiny kids)
Donations start at $1, and I bet most of us could work with something like that. If not, consider spreading the word. I’m going to make a list of links to blog posts about this project here. If you’d like to be included please let me know. If you don’t want to blog about it consider tweeting, FB, and the like my own post. Information spreading can do wonders!
The whole point in me helping Mark is for them to get the funds they need, but the bigger pictures isn’t the funds or the movie even. It’s a chance to let the good in the world shine, and sometimes that good comes in the form of movies which need money to be able to share their story. I’m excited about this.
Thanks so much for reading and considering adding to this great cause! Have a great weekend.