Henry Klopper was a lovable 3-year-old when he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour but to honour his memory; his mom carries out Random Acts of Kindness on his birthday every single year.
Johannesburg, South Africa – Catherine Klopper started a small project to honour her late son, Henry. She decided that by doing small acts of kindness in his name, he could live on in the goodness of others. Henry’s birthday is on the 11th of July and this year would have been his 7th birthday.
When he was 3-years-old, Henry was diagnosed with ‘Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas’ (DIPG), which are highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumours found at the base of the brain. Sadly he passed away just weeks after his 4th birthday. The family were devastated but decided to honour his life with random acts of kindness.
“In one month, I will wake up to the second most painful day of the year for me… the birthday of a little boy who isn’t here to celebrate it.
Our Henry Bear should be turning 7. I should be planning a birthday cake and party in his theme of the month. We should be wondering about what gift to buy him.
Instead, I’m here after three months of agonizing over whether I should or whether I shouldn’t, again posting this appeal to stand up and remember our son through Random Acts of Kindness. It is so hard to put this out on Facebook, knowing that only a small handful of people might stand up with us. But eventually, I decided to be brave and put my heart out there.”
Every year, on his birthday, Catherine encourages friends and family to do something small in honour of Henry’s memory. The random acts of kindness are then done throughout July and spread across the internet using the hashtag #FromHenryBear.
“Big or small, it doesn’t matter – please join me in making this world just a little brighter on behalf of a beautiful boy who is loved and missed more than words can explain.
Throughout July I go through social media and search for that hashtag and it brings just a little comfort during the most difficult time.”
Henry was a kind and caring little boy, and in the honour of his birthday, please carry out random acts of kindness. So many easy things to do, some are free, here are some examples:
- Bring doughnuts (or a healthy treat, like cut-up fruit) to work.
- Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
- Leave a nice server the biggest tip you can afford.
- Smile at someone in the street, just because
- Put sticky notes with positive slogans on the mirrors in public bathrooms
- Let them have your parking space
- Help your elderly neighbour take out the rubbish or mow their lawn.
- Bring a hot drink to a homeless person.
Last year, Catherine’s friends collected loads on money and dog food donations for CLAW. They used the money to buy even more dog food. They baked cupcakes for kids and knitted tiny beanies for premature babies.