Giraffes were Paxton’s favorite.
This was the absolute, indisputable truth, despite the best efforts of a doting Momma, who spent months purchasing and carefully placing an entire nursery full of owls. But Paxton had a mind of his own very early on, and he made his preference very clear. No owls, Momma. I like GIRAFFES.
When you consider the spiritual meaning of giraffes in many cultures, this is truly quite remarkable. When you consider Paxton, and his chosen “spirit animal” it takes on a symbolism of its own. Giraffes are gentle. Giraffes make the most of every minute of every day, needing only about 30 minutes of sleep in a 24 hour period. Their long necks, reaching into the heavens, symbolize the ability to obtain things that would normally be out of reach. When life is chaotic, giraffes remind you to keep your head up. Above all, giraffes symbolize safety and strength in times of need. It is in that spirit that Sir Giraffe has been auctioned off each year, as a reminder of Paxton’s life spark, and as a symbol of the strength and hope for all children fighting childhood cancer.