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We meet a lot of outstanding people in our line of work, and this year was no exception. Denise and her daughter, Alyssa, came with us on a Cowboy Camp Out this summer and have embraced Camp Casey ever since. Thank you for sharing, Denise! Well, we did when my 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer this past May. Our world felt like it was off its axis. It was surreal. Second, this could not be happening. Well, as we learned to accept and then embrace our journey with cancer, we found more joy than tears. Camp Casey was one of those unbelievable blessings that provided joy in the midst of our storm.
Nervous about this new chapter of our lives, we somewhat reluctantly accepted their gracious offer. Our family friends, Gillian and LaRee ed us. We got to stay, with our rescue dog Sanford, yep, you guessed it, he was found in a junkyard in Detroit in an adorable cabin, surrounded by other families who were in the same boat.
We bonded instantly with the Camp Casey staff, cancer survivors, their siblings and their parents. We rode horses together, we ate together, we watched a rodeo together and we cried together. Our tears this time were for those who shared their heartfelt stories with us. And as we listened to their beautiful stories of strength and resilience, we felt our collective spirits soar. We felt incredible joy in lifting one another up. We let our guards down and let these new friends into our personal space; it was refreshing.
Before we went on our Cowboy Camp Out, we felt we were in this all alone. We bonded with the families so quickly because of our similar circumstances.
At the end of the weekend that sped by, we felt lighter, more joyful and most importantly more hopeful than ever before. The joy on her face when that beautiful horse greeted her at her front door was an image we will NEVER forget. Her cousins ed the festivities; we ran around and played tag and hula-hooped while each child got a chance to take a ride down the city street on a real live horse — wow!
There we met an amazing young boy named Vincent.
He was there with his mom, dad, older sister and younger brother. We could tell his two siblings support their brother and love him so much. All three siblings painted pumpkins and had a great time together. They are a loving and strong family; we told them we would keep them in our prayers and we continue to do so.
Camp Casey and every single person affiliated with the organization, whether, CEO, director, volunteer, cancer survivor, or their parents and siblings, have made a conscious decision to become one beautifully diverse family. Their passion to heal one another through their actions, their words and their deeds have inspired us to be better people. We have embarked on a journey filled with joy and healing.
Thank you Camp Casey and thank you God for this amazing blessing. Alyssa, you are an inspiration to many. We are so glad we met you this summer and if Landin had his way he would have brought you home with us.
Hold your head high and as we were told life changes to live day to day. Keep your beautiful smile because before you know it this will be behind you and you can look forward to your future. You now have a much bigger family because you have so many people besides you.
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