When I was nine years old, I lost my footing while running downstairs at school and fell down 20 stairs onto a concrete floor, landing head-first. The impact on my forehead was so powerful that my chin hit my neck, bruising my jaw. My jaw and neck both turned blue, and I had internal bleeding in my head. My right arm absorbed some of the force during the impact, but it was broken instantly. I even blacked out for a few seconds.
I was in the hospital for a week, feeling lonely and scared, especially at night. What I didn't realize was that I was one of the lucky patients. I saw many kids my age in the same room who had it much worse. Some had to undergo multiple surgeries each day. The sound of them crying due to their pain echoed in the room.
During my stay, a young man from the Red Cross would come once every few days and read books to each of us. This simple, kind gesture brought me hope while I was bedridden.
Since then, I have dreamed of creating something that can bring hope to people in pain--and that is why I created this calendar, called "Light, love and hope."