How many of you have tucked love notes into your child’s lunch from time to time? Just a little note to let them know that you are thinking about them or a note to make them laugh? I know I have. I most often write something short like: Have a great day, Smile, Enjoy learning today, or just an XO. Well, let me introduce you to Garth, a man that has taken writing napkin notes to a whole new level.
Like many parents, Garth used to tuck a short note from time to time into his daughter’s lunch, and then he was diagnosed with cancer. Over the next few years Garth was diagnosed four times and given an eight percent chance to live long enough to see his daughter graduate high school. At this point Garth’s napkin notes became more meaningful. Writing napkin notes is his way of passing meaningful thoughts and ideas onto his daughter, as well as make her laugh, and build a connection with her everyday. Everyday is meaningful. Garth has published the book titled, Napkin Notes: Make Lunch Meaningful, Life Will Follow.
Garth is fighting a health battle everyday. Part of that daily battle is deciphering lots of new information and making healthcare decisions. It is a lot, and to help many other people like himself, Garth has joined forces with Patients Like Me. Patients Like Me is an organization the works to make healthcare better for everyone through sharing, support, and research. Patients Like Me has just launched “24 Days of Giving” to encourage sharing of health data. December is a season of giving! This organization is askingpeople who are living with a chronic condition to do something different this season, rather than giving a monetary donation they are asking people to donate their health data to help themselves, help others, and advance research.There is power in numbers, the more people that donate medical data, the more information there is for doctors and patients to learn from. This data helps patients make better decisions for themselves. How cool is that? With 300,000 members, 2,300+ conditions, 50+ published research studies, and 25 million data points about disease – that is a lot of helpful information to learn from. But there is so much more that could be added to this data bank.
Get to know Garth and learn about his journey. Hear him tell his own story of how Napkin Notes came to be by watching the following video.
Then check out Patientslikeme.com to see if you can help. It is, after all, the season of giving.
Garth is an inspiration! From writing napkin notes each day for his daughter, to donating health data, he is showing us how easy it is to give and make a real impact on another’s life.