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Tonight everyone enjoyed a night out! Even the rain couldn't damper our delight to head out on the town.
All of the parents were given gift cards to eat at a fancy New York City restaurant. They were thrilled to have a nice evening just as adults, but not as thrilled as their children were to have Kids Night Out!
This morning it is a little bit cooler and cloudy in the Big Apple.
Most of the families were a little later down to breakfast this morning, feeling the tiredness from an amazing a busy day yesterday. After filling their bellies with the Novotel's delicious breakfast spread everyone was able to perk up to begin a fun and full day in the city.
What an amazing night!
Following a scrumptious dinner at the Hotel Novotel we took a 3 block walk to Radio City Music Hall. All of the families were super excited to see the show.
The show started with a 3D movie experience and moved into a kick line. The Rockettes were amazing as santas, toy soldiers, shoppers, humbug zappers, and glittery Christmas decorations.
Today has been a great day! The weather has been fantastic and all the families are enjoying each other and New York City.
This morning's blog update proved to be an accurate description of everything we have done. In other words, everything has gone according to plan! I love it when that happens.
Currently (at 6:30am) the skies are clear and it is 53 degrees. This day will start with a delicious breakfast at the Hotel Novotel. Did I mention that this luxurious hotel is in the heart of Times Square and we only need to look out our windows to see the most spectacular view of New York City? Families have been enjoying the rooftop deck. Make sure you check out the pictures! (You have to be a member of the "Fans of the 2011 New York City Legacy Group".)
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Ten days from today 16 families from 10 different states will arrive in New York City for a trip of a lifetime. They will arrive from California, Florida, Missouri, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina, Washington, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota.
Although we serve a wide variety of families with a wide variety of conditions it always amazes me that the community that develops at our Legacy Retreats is very rich and unified. These families may come from all over the country but they have much in common. One of the commonalities is their excitement regarding this retreat. Understandably so....
This past weekend was an incredible memory for me! I completed my first marathon with an amazing group of people.
We all ran to support Inheritance of Hope.
We ran so that families with young children who have a parent facing a life-threatening illness can experience joy in memories, comfort in community and hope in their circumstances.
Recently I saw this cartoon and it really made me laugh. What a silly expression of a phrase that we use often for encouragement and strength for those we care about.
I remember (way back) in high school when I first heard this phrase and some tough guys were planning a fight. One of the guys said to his buddy, "I got your back."
Basically he was saying, "if you need me I'm right behind you"..."when things are going badly for you I will step in and be on your team"..."you're not alone"..."I'm with you in this".