"Their laughter will make your heart melt. Their strength will make a grown person cry. If you ever see a child fight cancer, it will change your life forever."
Today is National Cancer Survivor’s Day, and Krisanna survived 12 years beyond what was predicted! So I’ve felt her hugs and heard her giggles through so many yellow moments today … new yellow sunflowers and fluttering yellow butterflies in the yard, several golden yellow cars on the roads, a yellow squeeze ball and yellow tape at the Blood Donor Center, a gynormous yellow ribbon greeting travelers at the airport. Most especially, as David played the reflection music today, I felt Krisanna in the sanctuary. Yet the best surprise happened when my friend leaned over during the song and whispered, “I was just thinking about Krisanna. I could just feel her here for a minute.” I mean, wow!
I’m thinking Krisanna headed out to Camp Rap-a-Hope after church. Today is the first day of Heaven-on-Earth camp (Krisanna’s name for it) – and it’s circus year J I cannot overstate what camp meant for my girl. I do not exaggerate when I say Krisanna lived for the joy, hope, and love that define Camp Rap-a-Hope. Click through the photos in the gallery and you’ll see all three in the smiles and laughter.
Please keep the campers in your prayers this week: prayers of thanksgiving for another week of camp; prayers for courage and strength in the hot week ahead and the journey beyond. Please also keep in your prayers the counselors and board members who volunteer to spend the entire week out there – some even giving up a week of annual vacation to do so! Special shout outs to the Camp Grace staff who make magic and the restaurants that donate meals - especially Krisanna’s favorite eatery Wintzell’s.
With love and hugs today to Sean’s mom, Darcy’s mom, Chesley’s mom, Tammy’s mom, Kerri’s mom, Mikey’s mom, Annaliese’s mom, Amar, D Clinic, Amy, Justin, Lizzie, Galina ... and continued prayers for Avery :-)