By: Christian John Lillis
Friday morning I had the privilege of presenting the 3rd Annual Peggy Lillis School Spirit Awards to four awesome kids during the PS 198 Kindergarten Graduation.
Despite the 100 degree heat in the auditorium, the parents and students were very excited to celebrate and I was delighted to be on hand to hand out the awards to the four recipients. According to their teachers, each of them embodied the commitment to service and community that Mom was known for as a teacher.
While attending the graduation inevitably makes me sad because it’s a reminder that Mom won’t be teaching more students, the hectic energy of being in a room of 100 5-year-olds and a bunch of Kindergarten teachers managing them, also makes me feel closer to her.
Two years and 2 months after losing Mom, seeing the commitment that the PS 198 Principal, Joy-Ann Morgan, and Mom’s colleagues have to keeping her memory alive and honoring her love for her students through this award, continues to inspire me to continue our work to fight C. diff and warms my heart knowing that we have so many wonderful friends keeping their love for Mom alive.
At its heart, The Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation is an educational enterprise. Not only because the public is in desperate need of greater understanding related to C. diff, but also because to her core Mom was an educator.
She taught me and Liam to love each other even when we were fighting. She taught us to prize our friends and family and keep them close to us even when they were screwing up. She taught us to stand up and fight back when we see an injustice.
Those are the great lessons she taught us and that we teach others through the foundation’s work. So take a minute now, and share some information about C. diff with your friends and loved ones.
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