My Birthday Wish: Making 40 Count

“What do you want for your birthday?” – This question stumps me every year even though books, CDs, DVDs, and writing supplies are staple responses. However, as I turn 40 this May I know exactly what I want: I need your help supporting causes that matter to me on a personal level.

Who am I?

I am a congenital heart survivor who’s battled depression and won, a child of an environmental engineer who has spent his entire adult life fighting to protect Mother Earth, and an artistic spirit who finds healing through music; film; television; theatre; and creative writing. I speak/write openly about my struggle with mental health issues, the open heart surgery scars that remain physically; mentally; and spiritually; and how the arts saved my life on more than one occasion.

I’m appreciative for every morning I wake – grateful for the opportunity to keep moving forward. As I celebrate the completion of four decades, I look ahead towards forty more.


So, as my 40th birthday nears all I want is to celebrate how much I’ve overcome and champion those whose dedicated work help others like myself. This year I am putting my money where my mouth/pen is by donating or volunteering my time to charitable organizations that seek to help Mother Earth and her inhabitants thrive in mind, body, and spirit.

Birthday Request

Will you join me on this birthday milestone by donating your time or money to one of the charitable organizations listed below?

NAMI – National Alliance for Mental Illness

NRDC – Natural Resources Defense Council

ACHA – Adult Congenital Heart Association


Read more about the work of the above organizations by visiting their websites – learn how to get involved or contribute a donation.

I can do without a new book, CD, or DVD if that means it helps a child born with a heart defect, a veteran suffering from PTSD, or a community pleading for clean drinking water.

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer and for celebrating with me this year!


With a heart full of gratitude and joy,


Published by Kelly Deeny

I am a writer, singer, jewelry designer, and theatre enthusiast. I use various forms of artistic expression for personal reflection, community discussion and creative inspiration. My premiere novel encapsulates all of the above. Follow along on my journey towards an artistic career!

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