St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has always been a place that I wanted to help. I was going to be a pediatric physician and instead became a social worker with a specialty in assisting children who have disabilities.
While growing up, I was a camp counselor for 12 years. During that time we created a phrase to keep us grounded and focused on our mission: "For the Children (FTC)." If ever we were tired or overwhelmed, we would simply whisper to one another the code: FTC. It was a reminder for why we were working so hard. Everything was for the children. Why? Because they deserve the best. They deserve all of our efforts and energy.
I began streaming on twitch with the hopes of making a difference. My social work career was put on hold in the traditional sense due to the onset of a medical condition in my Central Nervous System called "Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia." It is rare, permanent, and painful. It was something I had no control over and never asked for. I watched as it affected those closest to me and became burdensome for others to experience as bystanders. As the person at ground zero, I fought with every ounce of my being, but I couldn't shake it. It would become part of my story. Something I had to learn to live with. Every day is a fight you must be willing to take. Fight for life. Fight for love. Love fiercely.
Even with my experience, the thought of children going through life-changing diagnoses is still beyond me. I am a practical and pragmatic person. I am also someone who believes that change can happen if we work for it. I have often been called tenacious and I'd like to try to inspire some of these children in the same way.
I stream everyday on Twitch.tv/igenan from 4 pm est - 6:30 pm est. Every Friday, I will host "FTC Friday" in order to raise funds for this worthy cause. If you would care to donate to St. Jude any other day of the week, feel free. :)
I may be homeless in 6 months or so, but that's a story for another time. For now, let's focus on the children.
Any donation is appreciated and goes directly toward St. Jude. Be amazing friends.
~Josh (The Beard)
|MightyIcy||$5||Merry Christmas Beard! Glad to see you are streaming so much, you really are good at it :)|