We are surrounded by numbers. Whether we are remembering a loved one’s birthday or an anniversary, score on a test, or the pass code to our office login, numbers are highly intertwined in our lives.

For me, numbers took on a whole new meaning after my daughter Sia transitioned. I am focused on the estimated 6 million people in the United States that have an unruptured brain aneurysm. There is a brain aneurysm rupturing every 18 minutes and these are fatal in about 40 % of the patients. Of those who survive, 66 % suffer permanent neurological effects.

So, when I think of these numbers, I then start to think of the number of folks our foundation needs to educate about brain health and awareness of brain hemorrhages. Not to mention those endless numbers of family members dealing with the after effects whether their loved ones survived or not. Also those endless numbers on a medical bill that will come through the mail even if a loved one did not survive.

So, now what is a mother to do with tackling these endless numbers? I need my neighbors and their neighbors and their neighbors to help me increase our funding numbers and the number of people we educate on brain health.

I invite you to join me in looking at numbers in your life in a whole new way. When you tuck your children in at night, count your blessings and then add any left over coins or dollars to a “Count Your Numbers & Blessings” jar. Have a good day at your work, and received a pay raise, praise God and then add to your jar. Your child scored a perfect grade on their homework, celebrate with them and let them add to your jar.

August kicks off our campaign to demonstrate and celebrate the power in numbers. You can either create your own jar or reach out to me and I will provide for you a “Count Your Numbers & Blessings” jar.

As individuals it may appear that our efforts are in vain, however the “Count Your Numbers and Blessings” jar is another way to reach out in support to helping others with much needed awareness, education on adverse brain conditions and college scholarships.

Together we need to make all the number of lives we lost to brain related injuries or illness count. Money raised will benefit educational efforts of the Sia Brain Awareness Foundation. Let’s start counting today!

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.