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The Le Sage girls enjoy the Western Maryland Railroad

Corin and Husky

The Le Sage girls meet and feed a friendly husky.

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Respite Spotlight: Celebrating Thanksgiving and much more

When Laurie Le Sage was mowing her grass almost eight years ago, she didn't realize her then twenty-two month old daughter Brianna would be hiding in the tall grass she was mowing, until she literally avoided a devastating catastrophe. Fortunately, Brianna's injuries were minor and very contained.

After this harrowing experience, Laurie and her husband Brian figured God was preparing them for another one of life's unforeseen situations. Then their second daughter Corin was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma brain tumor at age three in November of 2006. Again, Laurie and Brian were left wondering what their NEXT challenge might be. They received their answer when their youngest daughter, Alexis was born with a hole in her heart.

Fast forward to mid-November 2009 - Now seven year old Corin, has her port removed and receives joyous news from the doctors that she is cancer free and following heart surgery, four year old Alexis receives the all clear sign from her doctors that she can resume normal activities. With Thanksgiving just days away, it seems there was another plan in the works and that was to have the Le Sage family celebrate Thanksgiving at the Believe In Tomorrow House on Wisp Mountain, and celebrate they did!

After a six hour drive from their home in Indiana, the Le Sage family relaxed on their first day at the house. They played pool, air hockey and settled into the huge comfy couches in the house. On the second day of respite, the family enjoyed the informational and fun Husky Power Dog Sledding demonstration and kennel tour. Laurie said the girls were trying to recall the names of all twenty dogs they met during the tour. One was named Indy and another Colt, so the Le Sage family from Indiana felt right at home!

During their stay, Brianna, Corin and Alexis went swimming - A LOT at the Wisp Resort indoor pool. One pool session lasted three hours. The family enjoyed Pasta night at Will O the Wisp Four Seasons Restaurant; went to the Garrett 8 Cinemas to see the animated film, Planet 51; enjoyed the arcade, laser tag and delicious pizza at Smiley's Fun Zone; went horseback riding at Western Trails; had a chance to ride the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, which had a very special passenger the day they rode the rails. Their train ride turned into the Santa Express, when the family discovered Santa Claus was also a passenger on board.

The family enjoyed MULTIPLE rides on the Mountain Roller Coaster at Wisp Resort and went swimming some more. Oh, and they made Thanksgiving dinner at the Believe In Tomorrow House on Wisp Mountain and enjoyed a traditional turkey dinner, with all the fixings, after watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, of course. There's much to be said for upholding family traditions AND beginning new ones. This time last year, Corin was in the hospital at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, receiving 3F8 treatment for her medulloblastoma.

In Corin's Caring Bridge journal, Laurie wrote this message on Thanksgiving Day: Enjoy your Thanksgiving and thank God for everything in your life. Spend time with your family and let them know you love them..."

A very big thank you to all of our friends, volunteers and sponsors in Garrett County, who truly create so many special memories for our families through their generosity, volunteerism and support of Believe In Tomorrow National Children's Foundation.

Believe In Tomorrow™ Children's Foundation  •  6601 Frederick Road, Baltimore MD 21228  •  800-933-5470