Sunday, March 22, 2015

JMU Madithon!!

We have had a fun little getaway this weekend to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia to help those students raise money for UVA Children's Hospital.  We are a Children's Miracle Network Family and we love and are so honored to participate in events to raise money and awareness for the Children's Hospital.  After all that UVA did for our David it is really the least we can do. 

Pardon the wrinkles around my eyes (yikes-when did that happen?) but the kids were so excited for a weekend in a hotel!!  Mike and Kyle had a baseball tournament, so GG rode along with us. 
If you are ever near Staunton, there is a little family-owned restaurant named Mrs. Rowes that is awesome.  Wow.  We ate lunch on the way to JMU there.  The bakery is to die for.  We did not partake in any bakery goods but wow they looked beautiful and yummy. 

It has been years since I have been on JMU's campus, and we were really impressed!  It was pretty with lots of purple everywhere:) Here is David with the Duke. 

The students danced from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. to raise money for UVA children's hospital.  Here are all the miracle kids that were there for the event.  It still blows my  mind that my son fought cancer.  Seeing his name on something like this still jolts me. 

Hope was very shy and hung on me for most of the event.  She did love to dance with me and she did let go of my leg enough to play balloon with some of the college girls.

This picture makes me smile because here are our fellow cancer warriors that are also miracle kids.  Tyler is on the left and he fought retinoblastoma.  He is now finished treatment!!!  He is a crazy good basketball player and dancer:) Beside Tyler, is sweet little Wes who is fighting neuroblastoma.  He is still in treatment but the end is getting so close.  He has handled treatment very well and we will be so happy for him when he is done!!  Next is Anna who fought Leukemia and is also finished with treatment.  She just signed up for kindergarten for next year!  The last little girl on the right is Raygan "Ray Ray" who also fought neuroblastoma.  She has been off treatment for five months and she has scans on April 10th-the same day David does.  Please add Ray Ray to your prayer list for clean scans when you lift up David in prayer please.  We love seeing our UVA family but we do not like seeing them at the hospital for scan days.  These folks are from all over Virginia but we share a bond because they speak our language and know the fear that we all have hidden behind our smiles.  Scans never ever get easier. 

David was of course shy and made now new friends!  Ha!  Actually he played basketball for hours and would get mad if me or GG went over to remind him to drink.  He was in his grove with the college kids and did not need a mom around:)  He was actually a stinker and we had to threaten him a couple of times to participate and to take the necessary photos:)

To introduce each miracle child all the students made a huge line that they could run through to get to the stage.  It was so sweet and of course David loved that! 

All the miracle kids on stage with the Madithon organizers.  It blows me away to think that these students get it and choose to dance for twelve straight hours to raise money for our kids.  Impressive!

Dave of course loved the ladies!!  We danced on an off all day-it was really fun. 

David had several pen pals write to him before the event and Taylor is one of the gals that we got to meet.  Nice to meet you Taylor!! She was the only pen pal we got to meet but all the students were so great with Hope and David.

After playing basketball, dancing, socializing, and raising money the kids were excited to go to our hotel and swim.  Some of the families were leaving and going out to eat together but these two were running on fumes and they needed  a quick swim and dinner before an early bedtime. 
It was a nice getaway this weekend and it is always an awesome thing when lots of money is raised for UVA Children's hospital.  Thanks JMU for dancing for our kids and raising critical funds for the hospital.  You rock!

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