Sunday, September 18, 2016

Special Spectators Day at Virginia Tech!

The Robinson Family is so proud to be a volunteers for Special Spectators.  We were introduced to this organization when David was in treatment and now we are blessed to be on the hostess side of this amazing organization that gives critically ill children a VIP experience at College football games.  The more events we volunteer and host, the more I love what this organization does.  
 Here is our group with John Laaser and Mike Burnop up in the radio booth.  Beautiful view from on top of Lane Stadium and these guys are class acts.  Earlier in the day I had a problem getting parking passes to some of our families and John Laaser asked if he could help since he was walking by and heard me talking to the Will Call lady.  He was truly worried about the two families that needed handicapped accessibility.

 We then caught the end of the Hokie walk and waited patiently for Coach Fuente!
 Coach Fuente was super sweet and welcoming to all of our Special Spectator kids.  Coaches are pretty intense and focused on game days but Coach Fuente took time with each kid.  Here is Dave shaking his hand.  He was so mad because he wanted to give him a message to "throw a hail mary" but he forgot.

 Several of our kids were currently in treatment for cancer and it was a long and hot day for those kids.  They were so excited they did not want to miss anything!!  This was the picture that was shown on the Jumbotron at the end of halftime.
 Dave practicing his skills on the practice field.
 Our group got to walk in the tunnel and low and behold Terrell Edmunds was headed on the field to warmup a little.  He was so sweet to Dave and tried to talk to Dave.  Dave went to shake his hand and he dabbed him!  Mike and I could have died from embarrassment!!!
 Daddy lifting big Dave to touch the Hokie stone.  One of our kids was in treatment and germ exposure is a big deal for a kid in active treatment.  He finally talked his mom into letting him touch the stone.  It was such a sweet moment.
 Our hot mess of a family!!!!!  It was a beautiful but hot day in lane stadium!
 Hope and some of our Special Spectator kids running on the field.
 Dave wanted to chase Luis, who was the photographer for the day.  He was a great guy who connected well with our kids and I am sure he got some amazing pictures.
 Dave apologized to Terrell Edmunds for dabbing on him and he was sweet enough to pose for this picture.  Dave asked him to pass on a message to the Coach to please throw a hail mary!

 The special fans were treated to a great tailgate and the Hokie bird even visited!
 The game was Military Appreciation Day and there was a flyover during the National Anthem.  It was amazing!
The game was a lopsided win but the Special Spectators had a wonderful day at Lane Stadium.  For a few hours on a Saturday they could foget about hospitalizations, doctor appointments, chemo, port accesses, and more time in the hospital and just focus on being a kid cheering on the Hokies and being treated like a VIP!  Virgnia Tech rolled out the red carpet for these amazing kids and families and I am just so thankful that we as a family could be there to host them and to see this experience through their eyes.  If you ever feel led to donate to a wonderful cause, check out and also check out the photos from other gameday experiences.  This organization is near and dear to our heart and we are honored and blessed to be volunteers.

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