It is hard to believe we have only known each other 3 days.  These past few days have really bonded us all together in such a wonderful and special way.  The children created some very special relationships with our volunteers and staff.  I heard more then one of them say they "don't want to leave" (Gage) and "wish they could stay together longer." (Jordan and Justin)  This children are leaving with some amazing memories with their families, some wonderful new friendships with the volunteers and other family members and some tools to help manage and work through their personal struggles and fears.

The parents also developed some very special bonds with one another.  Tim said, "I am not one to share my feelings with others and I wasn't sure what to expect from the group counseling time but I was very impressed and thankful for that time and I really enjoyed it so much."  The balance between over-the-top fun and excitement and good productive sharing is very important to us and this Legacy Retreat proved to be perfectly balanced.

We are so grateful to the Hotel Novotel staff for welcoming us and extending such warm hospitality to our group.  Staying at this beautiful hotel and eating meals overlooking Times Square truly made for a fantastic experience.

Hotel Novotel Staff with Jill and Deric

Hotel Novotel Staff

I know reality will be very difficult for many of the families (and volunteers) following such an overwhelming weekend.  It is my prayer that the memories they made, the relationships they formed and the tools they gathered will provide a continuing foundation in their lives.  That they will know the hope that our organization is based on and that this hope will carry them through the most difficult circumstances that they have to endure. “Every Family Deserves a Legacy”® and these families have been challenged, encouraged and equipped to make that legacy valuable and lasting.

May the road rise to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the sun shine warm upon your face

And until we meet again

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.