Happy Summer, Friends!
I can’t believe I am typing that. I can’t believe it is already July. Looking at the shelf across from my desk, I see a picture of our daughter Charlotte, one of our CURE kids and myself from the Survivors Day Picnic a few weeks ago. I have a similar picture from last year (just without Charlotte, of course) on the shelf above my desk. In looking at the picture, it’s so funny to see how much can change in just a year. This CURE kid went from making goofy faces in a picture with me last year to a preteen in the blink of an eye. Aside from the thought of time flying and things changing, I also think of things evolving. My friendship with this particular CURE family started about four years ago when I was a volunteer at CURE and has evolved since then. I first met them when she was on treatment, and here she is four years later with beautiful hair to match her beautiful smile. I love hearing about how she is doing and what exciting things she has coming up.
Thinking back on the Picnic, I realize that many of our families establish relationships with each other while their children are being treated. Many have taken other parents under their wing and have befriended them. They’re lucky to have each other to lean on and bounce ideas off of. But it made me think. What about the parents who perhaps aren’t outgoing or their child’s treatment plan doesn’t give the opportunity to meet other parents? We are in the process of building CURE’s Strategic Plan for the future. One of the steps I took was to meet with some CURE parents to talk about our programs. Based upon these discussions, there seems to be a general lack of social opportunities for parents of children who have cancer or chronic blood disorders. But how could this be? Social interactions are important. Supporting each other is important. As such, CURE is working on some opportunities to encourage parents to get out of the house and socialize with other CURE parents. The first such opportunity is at Painting With A Twist in Henrietta on August 11th. Participants will pay the normal fees to participate, but CURE will provide snacks and soda. We are hoping this will be well attended and will be the first of many social opportunities for parents to connect outside of the hospital walls, outside of Bereavement group and outside of clinic. We are also planning another opportunity, which will be free of charge to our parents, on October 21st at Lasertron in Henrietta (but is limited to 20 people, so once the info goes out, you’ll want to be sure to sign up while spots are available!). What do you think? Is this something we should plan more of? I realize these two opportunities are in Henrietta, so we will make an effort to look into other towns as well. I love what I do. I love being able to help. Please help me provide services and programs that you all want to see and participate in. Feel free to e-mail me (email@example.com). I want to make sure we are supporting you before, during and after treatment. Once you are a part of the CURE family, you always are a part of the CURE family. We will continue to be here for you – as long as you allow us the privilege of being a part of your lives.
We have many events this summer, which I am hoping to see you at:
July 17th: George Park Memorial Golf Tournament
July 17th: 5th Annual Cutting 4 A CURE
(You don’t HAVE to cut your hair off, but holy moley I did!!)
July 25th: 1st Annual Patrick Carr Memorial Golf Tournament
July 29th: Ontario Insurance Company presents the Gathering for Hope Gala
July 30th: Family Fun Day at Harmony Hill Farm
(WOW!! What a busy week!)
August 6th and 7th: Park Ave Fest
WHEW! We have a busy summer here at CURE and will be planning our flagship event, the Recipe for A CURE Brunch AND we are working on some projects for September for childhood cancer awareness month!
With that, we at CURE are wishing you and your family a happy, healthy summer! Be sure to stop and enjoy the sunshine 🙂