Us and the Foundation
Supporting sick children is a cause that is near and dear to the
Terris family. Adam Terris played professional baseball and visited
many children’s hospitals to meet young fans. That had a profound
effect on him and made him always want to share that feeling of
giving with his own children – Paxton and Peyton. This feeling
is shared by his wife Michelle, who wished to instill values in
their children to think of others before themselves.
It was no surprise when their son Paxton announced he wanted to
share one of his birthday presents with a sick child after his 7th
birthday party. He had a real understanding of how ill children
felt because he had been hospitalized several times when he was
younger. In Paxton’s own words, “I thought about sick
children in the hospital and thought what if I was one of them.
What would I be doing?” He figured a new toy to play with
would keep him busy and happy, so he decided to share one of his
new birthday gifts. When asked how this unselfish act made him feel,
Paxton replied, “I felt proud of myself. It made me feel good
to see him (the patient) happy and smiling.”
In fact, Paxton felt such pride and power from what he did that
he wanted to give away all of his birthday gifts to sick children.
Returning another day, Paxton shared a few more gifts and from this
the What’s Mine is Yours Foundation was formed.
The What’s Mine Is Yours Foundation collects donated birthday
gifts to give to young patients monthly at local hospitals, with
hopes of adding more hospitals in the near future. Paxton is personally
committed to delivering these local donations and welcomes any child
who is interested to accompany him, and his mother Michelle, on
Today, this non-profit foundation grows through the support of
doctors, schools, vendors, parents - and most of all - children,
who wish to experience the unselfishness and pride that comes from
giving. We thank our sponsors and board members for opening doors
to local hospitals and for welcoming us into their schools and local
businesses to promote our cause. But most of all, we thank the ordinary
children that are making an extraordinary difference in our community.
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