A year ago, on March 2, 2013, ten year old Mitchell Jones passed away after a long struggle with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive muscular degenerative disease. Mitchell's short but beautiful life was chronicled nearly daily by his doting father, who kept up a Facebook page and blogged regularly about his ailing son.
One of the things Mitchell's family says he is most remembered by is his love for all things Lego. In the past, we organized a donation drive for Lego gifts to donate to the Boston Children's Hospital. We would like to resurrect this theme but do things a little differently this time...
Our last project centered around critically ill children who spent hours and sometimes years in hospital beds and needed an outlet for creativity and fun. Now we would like to surprise random children who are not hospitalized and touch their lives with Mitchell's influence.
The Lego Movie is currently in theaters. We will be purchasing ten tickets (to represent Mitchell's age) to The Lego Movie as a random act of kindness in his memory. Recipients of these tickets will be given this note:
"Your tickets today to The Lego Movie were paid for in memory of Mitchell Jones, a ten year old boy who passed away a year ago today of Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. Mitchell loved Lego and lived a life worth honoring. Please enjoy your film and keep him in your heart."
We would also like to organize another Lego drive of a different variety. We are asking that whoever is able to contribute please send a small set of Lego to us so we can randomly hand them out to children in passing. Included with the set will be a letter handed their parents that will read as follows:
"The Lego set your child received today was generously donated by one of many anonymous people who wish to honor the memory of Mitchell Jones. Mitchell was a ten year old boy who passed away on March 2, 2013 of Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. He loved Lego and we are pleased to spread the joy of playing with his favorite toy on to another child who will appreciate it. Please accept this gift as an outreach of Mitchell's love for life and take a moment to play with your child in his memory."
Please send your contributions no later than March 14. Lego sets can be sent to:
P.O. Box 28
Watertown, MA 02471
In order to make this endeavor a success, we need your help. If you cannot purchase sets, please consider sharing this blog with others and helping us expand our reach.
Anyone who wishes to support Parent Project MD through the purchase of a Mitchell’s Journey Pendant is invited to view our listing on our website. All proceeds are donated directly.
Thank you for supporting our efforts to honor Mitchell. Please take a moment to view a touching video created by Mitchell's father that adequately explains why we strive so hard to create lasting positive memories in the name of this amazing young man.