Monday, November 7, 2011

Close to my heart...

As many of you may (or may not) know, my sister Sandy was a Make-A-Wish kid.

Think I've mentioned it a time or two on the blog, but it's definitely one of those personal things that is so close to my heart I have to be in the right mood to share. You know what I mean? And right now, well, it's the absolute PERFECT time.

I have a chance to give back. When I think about those words, the thought of attempting to repay the extreme kindness that was bestowed upon us during such a dark time in our lives, I can't help but tear up.
The Make-A-Wish family of NC did so much for us during one of the most difficult times in our lives and they will forever hold a special place in my entire family's heart.

We were fortunate (understatement) and after many, many heartbreaking months of chemo treatment after chemo treatment, our story had a happy ending. My sister, who was diagnosed with two forms of Cancer at the age of 17 (shown here):

Just recently got married (check out her photo below from August 2011...isn't she gorgeous?) and is in full remission and our scare from so long ago is a long forgotten thing of the past.

It's times like these that I like to think back and remind myself that others just like us are going through what is likely the worst times in their lives. And they need our help to make their children's wishes come true.

Being able to help raise money and support the organization so that the gift they gave us so long ago can live on for another child is a true blessing. It means so much to myself, my family and to a truly terrific organization who makes dreams come true each and every day.

If you have any extra to give (even if it's just $1), or if you are in the NC area and want to join our team in the Walk for Wishes this Saturday, please just click the link below.

Thanks in advance for being such a great community of friends and bloggers!


  1. What a beautiful post, I'm so happy your sister is doing well after such a difficult journey ... My best wishes to the Newlyweds :)

  2. You made me all teary. I don't think anyone understands how profound gifts of kindness are unless you've been the recipient. I wish I lived closer -- I'd walk with you!

  3. My wife and I are frequent and regular contributors to the Make-A-Wish foundation, and have been for a long time! Its so gratifying hear how these helpful gifts impact families like yours.

  4. Good luck on your walk! Make A Wish is such an awesome cause.
    I'm so glad to hear your sister is in remission. Congrats to her on her wedding!

  5. Thanks for sharing your very personal journey with cancer. I celebrate your sister and her recovery, she is a beautiful bride.

  6. Oh, wow, I don't think I knew that about your sister. What a great charity.
    Yes, she's gorgeous. In both pictures!

  7. Thanks for all the great comments and support! You guys have made my day! :)

  8. What a great cause, and your sister is beautiful. I'm glad your story has such a happy ending. What a difficult time that must have been!

  9. Your sister is beautiful. I'm soo glad she is in remission and living her dreams. The charity "Make a Wish" is a very worthy one.

  10. Finally catching up on my blog readings--can't believe I missed this! She's gorgeous, and what a great testimony she has now! Many blessings in her new married life!