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Henry Klopper was a lovable 3-year-old when he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. To honour his memory, his mom does Random Acts of Kindness on his birthday.

 

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 6th 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.

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.” – Catherine Klopper

A friend of Catherine’s shared a post with a few simple and actionable ideas that can be done to spread Henry’s love. He loved dogs, his baby brother and dreamt of marrying Repunzel.

Henry was a kind and caring little boy and in his honour this week, please carry out random acts of kindness in his honour. So many easy things to do, some are free,

  • 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.

Tell them Henry sent you.” – Jo Bishop

Last year, Catherines 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.

This year, the donations have started up again and because CLAW is also collecting brown coins, those have been added in. If you would like to do a random act of kindness for Henry, just use the hashtag #FromHenryBear, and Catherine will be able to see how you spread Henry’s love.


Sources: Twitter / Supplied
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