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Hope is Born in the Dark

BUNA (pronounced "boo-nuh" - (adj.)
Romanian for "good"; (n.) Lifelong nickname for a southern survivor mama on a mission to change the world, one family at a time.

What do you do when you don't know what to do? Well, you just do what you can with what you have to help others. Shortly after Elise was diagnosed, they started BUNA'S HOPE. This non profit outreach project is a partnership with Making Life Grand - Ain't Life Grand Investments. You might recognize some of their fabulous restaurant chains, like Mugshots Bar and Grill, Glory Bound Gyro Co. and many more. Her hope was to gift other families dealing with cancer a small step towards a less stressful time. "Buna Boxes" are packed up by families for families and include games, cards, popcorn and movies, a family prayer book or devotional, and of course a goofy surprise. Wigs and costumes seem to be the favorite ones.

Elise with her youngest daughter, Norah

While it helps those receiving, those that volunteer to package these boxes also walk away with an uplifted heart. Team Buna has regular boxing days and has sent out over 200 care packages, gifted tickets to events, hotel accommodations, dinners, and even sent one family on their dream trip to Disney World.

So Elise, despite tremendous odds, has been changing lives. While she assures me she's human, I think that perhaps God sent her down here to teach us how to really live.

So....if any of the stories this week has touched your life in some way, here's what you do.

You just do what you can with what you have to help others. We can all help in some way to impact those around us.

What are you going to do with the same 24 hours that God has given you? Small or big, we are blessed to bless others.

This is a great place to do that and there are multiple ways to assist! If you're unable to volunteer, you can purchase items off the

Also check out her blog and Team Buna facebook page for packing days and other events they have going.

There's always something fun!

While you're there, don't forget to nominate a family to receive a Buna Box. And if you're feeling REALLY ambitious, go nominate someone for Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives too!

I'm so thankful to have been able to share Elise with you this week. If any of these stories have touched your life in some way, please tell us about it! Comment or send us a message <3

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Candra George
Candra George
May 13, 2018

Thank you Christine. Elise is a blessing to us all!


Thank you for sharing the videos of my dear sweet friend Elise. We live a couple of states away and do not get to see each others families enough! We miss her tremendously and you have found a way to help fill that void. Thanks just doesn't quite cover how much this has meant to us! God bless, Christine

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