Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Summer!

Wow - it's 50+ degrees warmer in Austin than it was in Colorado last week! We even did some sledding and threw a few snowballs, plus a rafting trip down the ice cold Taylor River - what a difference a few thousand feet in elevation makes! Pictures to follow ...

So, summertime is officially upon us! With kids being out of school, and families having vacation time to spend, this is a very busy season for those organizations that grant wishes or provide fun, "normal" experiences to children with cancer and other medically eligible conditions. We wanted to again acknowledge some of the incredible folks out there who have treated Georgia and our whole family to things like movies, sporting events, and, of course, our trip to Florida! Having those moments to spend as a family, outside of "treatment world," is a gift that keeps on giving, and we are still so grateful for the generosity of so many. Should you feel moved to help make the wishes of other kids like Georgia come true, or provide some special attention or fun opportunities for siblings like Ivy, this is a great time to do it! For the next three months, we'll be posting about some of these great organizations and encourage you to learn more about - and maybe support! - their efforts to bring hope and smiles to some amazing little warriors.

First up, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which granted Georgia's wish to go to Disneyworld and Hogwarts. From the initial wish-making interview, to the send-off party, to the trip itself, we were so impressed with the care and attention to detail - and to Georgia - that everyone with MAW displayed. For over 30 years, MAW has been enriching the lives of medically-eligible children and now grants a wish every 40 minutes. We've got several posts that are dedicated to our experience with MAW and Georgia's wish trip, so you can revisit those, check out the national website here, or our local chapter's site here - and who might that be on the carousel horse? : )

Next, celebrating 25 years of absolute magic-making, is Give Kids the World. I could go on and on about this place, and we look forward to going back sometime and volunteering as a family. Having hosted over 100,000 children and their families, from all over the world, they're spreading the love every day, and I have a feeling they're just getting started. Be sure to visit the GKTW site here and learn more about their mission and their visionary founder, Henri Landwirth.

Wishing you warm hearts and cold ice cream this summer - and THANK YOU for Keepin' Georgia on Your Mind!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Georgia and family! Sounds like u had a wonderful va-cay! I think you would be proud to know that our family is working hard to raise money for St. Jude! I will email you the link to our blog!
    Claire, Gail, Beth, and David Nichols:)