Gantos For Good Vibes
Swimming lethargically through a heavy fog. There was once a time not too long ago in which depression held me under water, suffocating me into the blur of a timeless and colorless world. The heaviness of being unheard, misunderstood, undiagnosed, and lost weighed on me. Desperately trying to escape the prison of my bed, and the confines of my body on a beautiful summer’s day, my mom and I left for an outing of window shopping on the 101. We strolled into the back of a boutique where I laid eyes on the most charming and adorable stuffed animal dinosaur I have ever seen. I immediately broke out into tears.
Now, what is an 19 year old doing crying tears of joy over a stuffed animal… I couldn’t tell you. To be honest, it was kind of crazy. Our serendipitous encounter left me with a compelling feeling that for some reason, I needed that stuffed dinosaur. I felt that something was telling me that dinosaur would change my life, and as dramatic as that may sound, it honestly has. I named him Ganto.
I have now collected three Gantos, and they have helped pull me out of the darkness. They bring lightness and playfulness into my slow, painful days. Not to mention, their fluffiness makes them optimal snuggle partners. They have come to every procedure, appointment, hospitalization, ER visit, and grocery store run I have been on the past few months, and are a fan favorite among doctors and nurses. They are my little protectors and my mascots. I love them like children.
I feel every young person going through a similar challenge deserves the same comfort and companionship that my Gantos have given me, so I am starting a charity that gives Gantos to other sick children and teens in hospitals. I plan to handwrite and draw each child I meet notes and pictures, and deliver a Ganto to them in person. In order to do this, I need your help. I have started a gofundme page in order to raise money for my charity, Gantos for Good Vibes. If you chose to support, even $5 makes a huge difference. It would mean the world to me, and I know it will mean a lot to the children this will benefit. Thank you for taking the time to read.