I am a huge fan of the Thinking Moms Revolution. This amazing group of parents work so hard to educate about the causes of and healing strategies for autism and other chronic illnesses. And they do it all while caring for their own sick children. In their book, “Autism Beyond the Spectrum”, Melanie Hamilton’s chapter stands out. She is a mother working to care for and heal her son with autism as she battles her own diagnosis of breast cancer. Despite these hardships, her chapter is one of hope, faith, and inspiration.
This week, the Thinking Moms Revolution shared the following on their blog, “The Thinking Moms’ Revolution is reeling. Our very own Melanie Baldwin, AKA Booty Kicker (B.K.), now suffers with spine and liver cancer after having beaten breast cancer and bone cancer.
Melanie is an amazing woman who has changed the face of the autism and cancer cultures by telling her story to thousands as “Booty Kicker” in the Thinking Moms’ Revolution’s book Autism Beyond the Spectrum. For anyone who knows Melanie through Facebook, two words come to mind. “Faithful” and “Godly.” For those of us at TMR who know her on a more intimate level we may use use the words hilarious, witty, kind, loving, patient, and steadfast. She is the voice of reason, and sometimes opposition, but always with a clear focus in mind. She makes us all better people.
As Melanie struggles to overcome her current situation with cancer, her severely affected son Luke, still requires 24/7 care and attention as he is self-injurious and quite ill, suffering the lingering effects of severe autism. Please consider donating generously to help her family care for Luke as Melanie regains her health, and please help their family establish financial security that will help them thrive during her absence.”
If you are able to donate, even $5, Please visit the GiveForward site set up for the Baldwin family https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/x4v5/melanie-hamilton-aka-booty-kicker-thinking-moms-revolution?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fb_share_send&utm_campaign=dashboard_supporters&og_action=hug&t=3
There is another way to help. If you have a blog and post Melanie’s story and the link to the fundraiser page, Give Forward will donate $20 (up to $500) for every blog post that has the link contained in it. So, this post on my blog will raise $20 for this family! After you post on your blog, please send your blog link to firstname.lastname@example.org who will complete the $20 donation.