Carolyn’s Cards is a program led by Carolyn McNoldy that sends cards and other small surprises through the mail to individuals with CRPS and to their caregivers. Carolyn wants to help those feeling isolated or down to not feel alone, and to ensure they feel encouraged, supported, and part of a community. Most importantly, she wants to give them a smile.
The program was inspired by Carolyn’s mother who would send her cards when she was down, in a lot of pain, or recovering from surgery as they would help to brighten Carolyn’s day. She thought it would be great if she could reciprocate that feeling for others. She started sending cards to the attendees of the first Young Adult Weekend as a way to stay connected to them and show support. Carolyn was surprised to hear how much they genuinely enjoyed the cards. She has continued to add names to her list after each Young Adult Weekend.
The cards can be sent for birthdays, holidays, other celebrations, after medical procedures, or when RSDSA receives notification that someone is having a difficult time. Carolyn’s Cards will receive names and addresses via recommendations provided by RSDSA or directly emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.