Vinny DiGerolamo's Journal
Written Nov 25, 2013 11:34pm"vinny said knock knockdesi said who's there?vinny said letterdesi said letter whovinny said letter in or she will knock the door downand vinny and desi lol and lol and lol "
This is a knock-knock joke that a friend just sent to me that Vinny e-mailed her last year on Christmas day… the day he became paralyzed for good. Even though he was on Hospice, not walking, and in great pain, he never lost that sweet sense of humor. It still brings laughter to read some of the old e-mails and jokes he e-mailed during this time from his private account. He did have a great sense of humor!!
It is very hard for us to believe that it was exactly one year ago that we were not entirely sure what was causing Vinny's back pain, but we suspected a relapse. We went to Myrtle Beach to celebrate Thanksgiving, not knowing it would be his last. On the way down, the Blue Angel appeared in the picture of him in the car, with no explanation… it was a year ago that even when he was suffering with intense pain, he still built sandcastles and played on the beach… he enjoyed the Pirate Show, and learned how to dip his bread in gravy for the first time ever. Up until that Thanksgiving, he had refused to try sauce of any kind, including ketchup. He hated the smell of ketchup and anything "touching" his food was a horrendous thought… until he discovered that "dipping" is really very good after all! Just not ketchup. I do not know how many times I pulled full ketchup bottles out of our kitchen trash can after finding Vinny crawling up the refrigerator shelves to get it out and hide it from Desi… who loves ketchup. But gravy last year, was a different story.
It was a year ago that he started all of his "Happy Pranksgiving" tricks .. I am still updating them on his FB page!! But also a year ago that our world really started crumbling. It crumbled almost 6 years ago when we first heard that Vinny had "a mass". It crumbled again when we found out that the "mass" was a 7 cm tumor named Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma. We crumbled with each relapse or bad report… we crumbled when we were told he had short months to live… the 1st time, the 2nd time, the 3rd time, and the 4th time… all being false scares until last year.
And today I crumbled a little bit more when two men from Everlasting Monuments showed up at our house to install the first of two Memorial Benches we ordered for Vinny's Memorial Gardens. We have waited for the benches for a while… the planning of a "Memorial Garden" and the Vinny benches started before Vinny passed away, but after some difficulties, we changed venues and instead ordered two benches for two different locations. One location is at Union Cross Elementary School, with a memorial bench that will hopefully be installed next week, if the ground is not too frozen. Union Cross was Vinny's elementary school (and Desi's old school) and has always been so loving and supportive to our family. They have planted a Dogwood Tree for Vinny right in front of his school, with a Memorial Plaque, and his 2nd bench will also be there. But we also chose to buy a 2nd one for our own special garden…it was placed here today next to Grandma June's weeping willow tree, our Angel statue, our dog's grave, and the fire pit. We can sit there, under the tree and be with Vinny. We thank everyone who had donated after his funeral to make this possible.
Even though we waited for the benches, and got a little frustrated after another recent delay… the one thing we have waited for for so long, that we thought we were ready for, caused more tears and a sharp pain of sadness when it actually arrived. When the bench was actually being wheeled in, it broke my heart to think that THIS is the final result of a 5 year battle with cancer… THIS is what we now have of our little boy. The bench is beautiful.. they did an amazing job. One of the men (Juan) who delivered the bench was one of the nicest people I have met in a very long time. His compassionate attitude made a difference.
We will adjust, we will sit on the bench outside next to the fire pit, roasting marshmallows, and talking about Vinny. But it is one more reminder that this is so final… one more reminder that he is not here, where he should be.
School is on a 2 hour delay tomorrow due to an Icy Precipitation Alert, and the weather report also calls for SNOW on Wednesday, which is another reminder of Vinny this time of year and how he had prayed for one more snow last year… and it snowed for him several times. I will always think of Vinny when it snows…. How he loved this whole time of year! Our "firsts" are very, very hard and will continue to be so through February on his "Angel" date.
Everything reminds us of him.
Desiree did have a great trip with the Youth Group from our Church last weekend. Charlie and I did enjoy our weekend in Boone. We enjoyed getting away, we found great little wine shop with free tastings of wine and food, and then we followed that by meeting Wayne for dinner. Wayne's son also earned his wings 6 years ago, and he truly helped to put some of our grief into perspective.
Then this past Saturday, Charlie, Desi and I were able to go down to the LEGO Store at Concord Mills to meet Mark for lunch… and then had a shopping spree for the children at our hospital. Wells Fargo Bank in GA gave our foundation a $1,000 grant and asked us to spend it on our Vinny's ToyBox and Lego therapy for the children on our ward. We have been down to the LEGO store for years, several times. So this time, Charlie said he knew the way and we would not need the GPS. Somehow, we ended up on a different highway, "lost", stopping to ask directions from a man who told us the WRONG way again, and then had to call Mark for more directions. We said Vinny was pranking us because we were going without him!
On our way home, with all of our LEGO sets, we thought of how much Vinny would have loved the shopping… and how he would have wanted to keep all the LEGOs himself! it reminded me of the big LEGO Spill in West VA last year a few weeks after his funeral… and several friends sent me the link and swore it was Vinny's pranks giving!! The link from last year is here…
We do wish everyone a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING… and a Happy Pranksgiving!! We will write again with more news after that!!
We are thankful that we did have 9 wonderful years with Vinny… even the last 5 years that he suffered from cancer… he still made us beautiful memories. We are thankful that we have made it through our grieving this long… that Desiree is starting to thrive again even through her tears… that Charlie and I are "coping" as a family, and that we have had the best support system ever with the friends we have made along the way… We have been so thankful to all of the love our Church, Sedge Garden UMC has shown us over the years… for the friends and family we have made on our ward at "Camp Brenner".. for the Survivors we have known and the Angels we will never forget along our journey.. .I am thankful also to our counselor, Jeff, at the hospital, to my Hospice Counselor, Donna… for all of our family… to our schools, our Oncology Team, to Wake Forest University, and especially to you… our Caring Bridge readers who still listen when I write about Vinny. I do not like to think what the past 5 years could have been without you.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.. Cherish each day, each moment with your family and children. Make very special memories this Thursday!!
News and Holidays
Written Nov 15, 2013 11:32pm
Tonight Desi left us to go on another Youth Group trip for our Church. They are going to a Bible Study in Black Mountain for the weekend, which is one of the most gorgeous places that we stopped at as a family on our move from AZ to NC 6 years ago. When she kissed me good-bye tonight, knowing that I would be "without" my only remaining child for the weekend, she said "Mama, do what I do and pretend that Vinny and I are away at college. I pretend Vinny is away at college and the only difference is that he doesn't want to come home for the Holidays because he would rather spend them with his girlfriend, Lola." Well, that is one way of looking at it!
So Charlie and I are going tomorrow to meet Wayne Triplett for dinner in Boone, in the mountains here in NC. We have not been there in 5 years, since Vinny's 1st cancer. We took the kids there on a weekend to show them "snow" for the first time… but the weather forecast changed and it did not snow… and after being chased out of the ski resort for not wanting to ski, we sneaked the kids in to a small fenced in area of fake snow to let them run around "fake snow" for a few minutes before we were caught again. Fake Snow will always remind me of the last "good-bye" at the Loop Pizza Grill last year, when News 14 came to film our fake snowball fight! Vinny had wanted ONE MORE snow before he soared to Heaven, and not thinking that it would come, friends brought fake snow… and even an ice chest full of REAL snow driven in from Boone by Amy's father from Church… and then it snowed 3 more REAL times before he finally earned his wings!
As mentioned in the previous journal, News 14 came to our house recently to film a segment about our foundation and Vinny's life for their "Giving Back" series! They did an amazing job. Thank you to Cheryn, Ben, Megan and News 14!! One of my dearest friends wrote tonight after watching the clip and said it made her sad to see the sadness in my eyes…. I did not realize close friends can "see it".. I guess it is a sadness we will carry forever.
The link to the news segment is here… and I also thank BRENDI BLUITT for agreeing to also star in the segment, one of our Survivors we helped along the way! We will air on the news 23 times in the next few days throughout NC. The times are listed below.http://triad.news14.com/content/news/giving_back/701610/after-personal-loss--triad-couple-creates-cancer-foundation-to-help-others
It will air on statewide on News 14 Carolina (Greensboro, Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington television market households with Time Warner Cable) on
Sunday 11/17 at 5:55am, 8:55am, 11:55am, 2:55pm, 5:55pm, 8:55pm, 11:55pm, 2:55am…
Tuesday 11/19 at 6:55am, 9:55am, 12:55pm, 3:55pm, 6:55pm, :55pm, 12:55am, 3:55am.
On a family note, I was able to go to an incredible luncheon put on by Wake Forest University, where they honored Charlie for his 5 year anniversary of working at the University, and also nominated Charlie as one of 6 Nominees for the WFU Employee of the year… for the entire University. Charlie's friend, Travis, won the final award, but it was an Honor and a Privilege to have the nomination!!! Thank you to all of Wake Forest University for that Honor!! Congratulations also to our member Ed Raliski for also being honored for his 25 years of employment also at WFU! I enjoyed our lunch with you!!
It makes a HUGE difference in our lives to have friends and family who love and support us, and who are not afraid to remember and speak of Vinny. After a certain time frame, families who lose a loved one are afraid that people will get tired of hearing stories, or worse… forgetting our Angels. Holidays, I hear, especially the first and second years are the worst… ones we just wish we could sleep walk through. It has helped me to go to my Grief Writing Workshops, my coming up "Getting through the Holidays" Hospice workshop.. and also talking to Jeff U. from our hospital and my Hospice counselor.
I have signed up also to go to another free "Writing through Grief" workshop with a different Author (Vickie Stevenson) at the Kernersville Library on Nov. 20th from 10 AM - 12 PM if anyone of my local friends missed the last one and wants to go with me! Call the library to register!
A dear friend sent me a card and inside was a copy of an article named "Out of Grieving Grace" by Alisa Bowman. It describes how to use "rituals to ease the anguish of loss and then practice acts of love to move forward toward a sense of peace".
In a nutshell, some of the tips for my other friends here also facing what we are:
- Lay an extra table setting for your loved one
- Take up an activity your loved one enjoyed in life. Use the time you spend doing this activity to remember or feel your connection
- Write a letter to your loved one. burn the letter and visualize the smoke carrying your message to them…
- Light a candle in a special place
- Plant a tree or garden and dedicate it to then
- Make an annual gift to a charity in their honor
- Perform simple acts of kinds and dedicate them to the memory of your loved one. "
She goes on to say "The work of grief is to find a new way to love. It's an act of real faith to say 'Despite my suffering, I will remain loving."
We will get through this Holiday, remembering Vinny and his LOVE of life and his Happy Pranksgiving! Being thankful for the 9 short years we held him here, for our Oncology staff at Camp Brenner, and our faithful and devoted supporters.. you… who keep us in your hearts.
Thank you to Regina Richardson and Northwest Guilford Middle School students in Greensboro for the awesome Scholastic Book Drive you held for our foundation, and for donating 5 boxes of brand new books to our foundation for the families on our ward!! They will be much appreciated!! Thank you to our local Author, Lynette Hampton, for donating from the sale of your new books! Thank you Kathy Starkey and Coleen Parrish for your donations for the Toy Closet!! Thank you to everyone who has been continuously supportive!!!
I would like to ask for specific prayers for King, Sophie, and Justin who are just a few of our cancer warriors on our ward. King and Sophie are soon headed to Duke for transplants to aid in the cure of their cancers.. and Justin who is facing possible relapse. I love these children with all of my heart. Also for little Maya, not quite 2 years old yet, from my Rhabdomyosarcoma group who is possibly facing hospice soon, with no understanding of this concept. I am sending huge prayers to her Mom, Tash, who has become close to my heart. Also to Brandi Harris, my Board Member, who is undergoing harsh chemo treatments after her double mastectomy, and Steve S., also our adult friend who is battling a harsh relapse. I HATE this stupid disease. Once you are in this "cancer world" there is no getting out… Survivor, or parent of an Angel… your heart will forever remain changed by the warriors you meet, old and young.. and the fear you will always face for the others you love. Cancer does not discriminate.. old or young, rich or poor, race or gender… I will never ever give up though on that HOPE and one-day promise of a CURE.
Written Nov 10, 2013 1:04am5 new pictures have been added on the photo link above, and the following 7 are the "memories and pranks" we have had....
In my last journal, I told about the wonderful first dream where Vinny came to visit. That boosted our spirits for a few weeks. I heard the following week at Hospice that there are differences between "dreams", "dream visions" and "visits" from our loved ones who have passed, and this was most likely a "visit" because it was after going back to sleep between 8-10 AM, and because I could touch him and smell him, and remember it. Sometimes in "dreams" you can not do that. No matter what it was, it was amazing and carried us through until last Sunday. It was All Saints Day and at our Church, we had a special memorial for all of our Church family who had passed away this year. Vinny and our friend Ben were two of 18 of them honored. It was a beautiful but very sad service, and candles were lit and given to the families.. and that is when things seemed to start crashing again. We started thinking of the two other services just like this one where Vinny will be honored that we will get through: The Blue Christmas Service and also the Brenner Children's Hospital Memorial - both in December. They are sentimental services but services reminding us again that he is being honored because he is no longer here on Earth.
Both of Vinny's Memorial Benches have "arrived" to the Monument place in Greensboro, and are at the facility, and we are just waiting for the phone call saying they will be delivered soon. One of the benches will be delivered to his school, Union Cross Elementary, for the garden there where they have also planted a Dogwood Tree and placed a Vinny Plaque in his Memory. The 2nd one will be delivered here for our special Vinny garden. It will also be bittersweet to have the benches...another tangible reminder that he is not "here" where we want him to be.
The days and the seasons have gone on. Desi finished Cross Country Track and her Girls Track Team came in #4 out of 14 in the County!!! We are so proud of her! She now wants to sign up for Karate at Core Fitness! We are glad she can now be involved in the activities of her choice and that our schedule is not dictated by cancer. She is getting more beautiful by the day and coming into her own now... but still missing Vinny and grieving constantly. This has shown in her grades, but with the help of a meeting last week, the teachers working with me, and some extra tutoring after school, we are trying our hardest to catch her up.
We got through Halloween... our 1st one without Vinny. Desiree invited 3 of her friends... and her friend Fisher and Desi decided to be matching Mad Hatters. We bought Desi's costume but Fisher made his own. It was so creative.. see pictures. I invited my "longest" friend in life, Jennifer, and her husband and children Richard and Bella. Jenny and I have known each other since birth, being raised a few doors down until she came here for college 25 years ago. She was one of the reasons that led us to moving to this area. Every year since we moved out, except one, we have gone trick-or-treating together... Desi, Vinny and the two younger children she has. Vinny loved them and enjoyed our Halloweens. Every Halloween though, Jenny and I would talk about my feeling that Vinny was relapsing again... and every year it seemed, right after Halloween he DID relapse again. So again the memories and moments were bittersweet, but Vinny would not have wanted this Halloween to be any other way.
This is also the month last year that Vinny came up with his "Pranksgiviing" tricks ever since hearing the word on the Disney Channel. He was full of pranks and every time something funny happened he would yell "HAPPY PRANKSGIVING". Desi was just PRANKED again, when our little "bird" Vinny got her boot last week!! See pictures... We were sitting in Dr. Ricketts office waiting for her flu shot and well check up, and she started crying, thinking of all the times Vinny came there for his finger pricks, and how many times he had gotten pokes and shots a month during his journey... and when she dried her eyes, she looked down, not noticing before the bird poop on her boot!! We could just hear him saying "Happy Pranksgiving!!" That same day I had the little visit by the Ladybug in the next picture, who stayed on my hand for a while! When Vinny was dying, he always said he would come back and show us signs in the birds, the bird poop, the ladybugs, the rainbows... and so much more.
So many people are posting on their Face Book statuses each day this month about what they are Thankful for. Instead, on Vinny's "Vinny Defies the Odds and Kicks Cancer in the Fanny" page, I am posting every few days about his old Pranks and what I am "Prankful For". The first day I did it I told the story about Anakin:
I remember 2 years ago during our 5 weeks of his 3rd year of radiation, we became very close to "Anakin" who dutifully still answers to Anakin. Anakin is really the ER Doctor who had to be present during the radiation every day to check Vinny's vitals and make sure no emergency happened while he was under. One day Anakin brought his wife in to meet us, while she was pregnant. She had made Light Saber Popsicle holders for Vinny's popsicles. He first asked our permission to bring her in to the radiation suite, and when he went out to get her from the waiting room, Vinny said "I know. Let's pretend I alweady had my sleepy milk!" The rest of the radiation team played along and when Anakin came back in, we all said we were on a time limit and couldn't wait, and Vinny was already under. He said "WHAT???" and bent down in Vinny's face to look at him. Vinny opened his eyes and yelled "BOO!!!" And we all fell into a fit of giggles. Anakin jumped before realizing Vinny's Prank!!
Another day we told about the "ice cream smelling funny" with Cousin Abby, and the Vinny bird stealing three bags of chips from Debi Greer on our Bereaved Moms retreat... I have said that any one on the site who has a Pranksgiving Memory or story to tell can post their Pranking memory of Vinny. You have to be a member to view the page, and Cindy Shultz who helps me run the site watches carefully to make sure no one is using his page for their own advertisement purposes and keeping unwanted posts or comments off the page. Thank you Cindy! But if you would like to see his pranksgiving memories, you can sign up here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/176446051758/
or if you are not on FB, and want to share your own prank memory, please post it in the guestbook! We have really enjoyed the memories that do make us laugh and bring some happiness to us this month.
Next week, on Nov. 15th is also the "anniversary" of his last PET Scan he ever had. He had had excruciating pain in his shoulder blade the day after the MRI... we went back for the Radiation Oncologist to look at him again, to ask if he could be in pain from lying in a strange position during the MRI... and we found out he had "a spot" that lit up but it was too small to characterize. We had to wait... and on the scans there was a difference of opinion... some doctors "saw" something, and others on the Tumor Board did not. Through our "wait and see" period, Vinny's back pain spread so quickly, and one night at our Terry's Deli fundraiser, he was in so much pain but trying to hide it from me. Instead, he went up to "Aunt Pat" and asked her to take him home to her house to her Healing Touch Room. They wanted to go alone to have a Healing Touch session while I ran the fundraiser. She could "feel" something there, but we had no clue then that it was 5 new spinal column tumors quickly spreading through his little body. After several attempts at pain control I finally insisted on more tests and admission for pain on Dec. 16th.. by that time it was too late.
Thanksgiving last year is also when we went to Myrlte Beach and Desi took the picture of Vinny holding his "Aunt Pat" bear in our car, and when she sent it by phone to Aunt Pat and another friend, the Blue Angel had appeared in the picture. That was one year ago, and we still had no clue that a month later we would put him, again, on Hospice.
We are thankful of the continued support and followers, and the extensive number of people who still come forward to remember him. We recently were contacted by News 14 (the channel who came to film the "snow" and Vinny's final good-bye at the Loop Pizza Grill last year while on Hospice. They are doing a story for their "Giving Back" show, and chose Vinny and our foundation to do a story on. We also asked one of the families we have supported to also speak on the news about our foundation! We are thankful to them as well. News 14 came to our house to film a few weeks ago, staying for a few hours to talk, and take pictures of Vinny's Legos, my office, Charlie and me... the show should air next week. They will let us know when exactly, but might be on the 13th. We were grateful that they remembered and reached back out to us.
I was also very grateful and touched when I was asked a few days ago if the Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort in Orlando, FL could share Vinny's story and pictures at their General Manager's conference next week when each resort will tell a story about how their Fun Team touches lives. During Vinny's cancer journey, we took some very memorable vacation trips and met wonderful people along the way. For the past 2 years in a row, we have gone to Disney World and Lego Land surrounding Vinny's birthday, meeting up with our friends the Feulners who come just to be with us. For the past 2 years, my family has stayed at the Sheraton Vistana Villages - 10 minutes from Disney, 30 mins. from Lego Land, and across the street from our favorite restaurant: Bahama Breeze. the Feulners stay at their favorite place, and we meet up to make memories at our favorite spots.
Last year when we stayed at the resort, we met Mike from their Fun Team at the pool. Vinny was having a blast on their pirate boat, and squirting passerbys with the water canon. Vinny was bald, but cancer-free for his 9th birthday. We met Bowzer at the resort for Vinny's birthday dinner and when we came back upstairs after dinner, there was a basket in our condo which included a green football from the pool gift shop that Vinny had admired earlier in the day, along with other gifts. The Fun Team also brought up the delicious red LEGO cake that Vinny so proudly is holding in the pictures (also on link above). It made our stay extra special.
So when I was asked to share the story, I wrote a story for the GM to read, sent pictures to share for their conference, and was humbled again when I got more e-mails from the General Manager himself and the Director of the Fun Team telling us that they had formed a Sheraton Vistana Villages team for their Relay for Life held today, and they honored Vinny yet again, sharing his picture at the event, and walking the relay in his memory. The best part of all is that Mike is still there, and was at the Relay today.
We are going back to Florida sometime in January to stay there again, to see the Fun Team, to meet the Feulners again, and visit some of Vinny's favorite spots, sprinkling a few of his ashes again on a nearby beach... one more bittersweet event to come.
Today was the final Hospice Writing Workshop that I have been attending. I have met some wonderful people there as well. Today I brought my friend, Debi Greer with me. She is Devan's Mama, who I often talk about as well. Several of the topics we are asked to write on, made me cry as I remembered... but writing is healing and gets your mind focused on the paper so you can visually see your feelings. It was an amazing workshop, and one that I hope will help me finally sit down on focus on my own writing more. I am keeping in touch with the author who runs the workshop and will seek her guidance along the way. I loved Debi being there, along with a few other friends, and the men and women I have met in the last 3 sessions. One of them today said she also remembered a Vinny who had also passed away recently who belonged to the Sedge Garden United Methodist Church. I said that THAT VINNY was MY Vinny... it was me!!! She had followed him through our Cake Lady: Marlene Smith who is famous at our hospital for making our "Cake Fridays" cakes for 3 years of our radiation therapy treatments.. She had no idea that my Vinny was really that Vinny and all this time I was talking about him!! What a small world.
After that, Debi and I had lunch in Kernersville with another Mom in our Bereaved Moms group. I wanted them to meet but Debi lives so far away, it was the perfect timing and day to introduce them. It was a good day shared with friends who were forced to bond over tragedy, and I do not know what I would do without them and our FMO group. (I love you guys!!)
On Foundation news:
Things have been going well with the foundation, and so many wonderful events and supporters. I would like to thank Wells Fargo Bank in Georgia for the $1,000 Grant that they sent to go towards our ToyBox and Lego Therapy toys!! I would like to thank our Harley Davidson Store in W-S for inviting Jerry Hamilton and me last week to the HOG Meeting to present us with a $500 check to go towards our Christmas Events this year, and for Sponsoring our foundation through the upcoming Chili Cook-off and Bike Run TBA for 2014.
We also hooked up with Amazon.com and are featured as a Charity that can receive a portion of the proceeds from their Amazon Smile program. If you order through Amazon.com any time, (especially for your holiday gifts!) please order through this link that will go straight to our foundation:
or you can choose Kids of Childhood Cancer as your charity of choice on their Amazon Smile page!!! Every little bit helps our families!!
For upcoming Christmas events, we are collecting Toys for our ToyBox. We are collecting toys for the Polar Express Night (scheduled for only the past and present childhood cancer warriors and their families on our ward) on Wednesday December 11th. If you are one of our Survivors or warriors, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details!! We also help support the Pediatric Oncology Christmas Party put on by Jeff and the Children's Cancer Support Program at our hospital. We also do adopt some families for Christmas each year, supporting them with gift cards this year. Some items we accept as donations:
brand new toys, brand new clothes, money, Harris Teeter Gift Cards, Gas Cards, Walmart Cards, Target Cards, ITunes cards, fast food gift cards, and more.
To raise money for those events our 2014 Calendar is HERE, and a picture is attached on the link above!! (I thank my sister, Aunt Soozy for helping me work on the calendar and making it so awesome!!). Calendars are $15 each and 100% of the proceeds help our families locally during their cancer journey, financially and emotionally. If you would like a calendar you can order through our Shop on our website:
http://kids-of-childhood-cancer.myshopify.com/ or also through our members!
Thank you to the multiple families who gave us permission to feature your children!! You have made this possible!!
We also have new LONG-SLEEVED KOCC t-shirts! Men's long-sleeved in white and black, and white, black and PURPLE in women!
We are having a FALL ICE CREAM BASH next Weds. at the Cold Stone Creamery at Hanes Mall Circle in Winston-Salem. The fundraiser runs all day: from 11 AM - 9 PM with our KOCC voucher or flyer. Please e-mail us or view our FB page (Kids of Childhood Cancer) to print our vouchers, needed to receive the proceeds. I will be there around 4 PM with Desi, with vouchers as well. WFU friends and HOSPITAL friends and families finally have a closer W-S event to attend!! Info is also listed on our "Upcoming Events" page on www.kidsofchildhoodcancer.org or FB pages...
The LOOP Pizza Grill Night will be held on WEDS. Nov. 20th because of our normal week falling on our Thanksgiving vacation. Please mark the date and come join us for our Loop Night Fundraiser on the 20th!! The Parent Support Program on our ward is currently being held there on Loop Nights instead of at the hospital now. If you are a cancer warrior or survivor locally, we would love to have you join us!!
And FINALLY, our 2014 Walk 4 Our Kids 5K is up and running!! It will be held on May 10th, 2014, the day before Mother's Day again, which was a great success last year!! We will be honoring all Mothers who have had a child battle cancer, and all Mothers who have lost a child to this dreadful disease. We will be honoring all Warriors, Survivors and Angels!!! PLEASE start forming your TEAMS early this year to get the most support and awareness for 2014!!! www.walk4ourkids.org
Thank you ALL so much for your continued support, reading and love. We cherish your e-mails and messages. Thank you also to those of you who wish to share PRANKSGIVING STORIES about VINNY!!!!