Our first experience with Believe In Tomorrow was 10 years ago after our niece, Sarah was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at 18 months old. We participated with “Sarah’s Brew Crew” and walked Port to Fort for many years. Our family was always in awe of what an amazing event it was and how it blessed so many people during such an incredibly difficult time.
Fast forward, Sarah is doing absolutely amazing and Port to Fort and their trips are still talked about. Not in our wildest dreams, did we ever think that we would cross paths with Believe In Tomorrow again, but on August 31, 2018, a mass the size of a grapefruit was found in our 4-year old son Nolan’s belly by complete accident after having a chest x-ray when he was having difficulty breathing and a fever. A crazy, awful coincidence, Nolan as well was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. We were absolutely devastated yet comforted by the care of every single person we encountered during his treatment at Johns’ Hopkins Hospital who connected us with the most kind-hearted people at Believe In Tomorrow.
After his surgery, we needed some time to relax, regroup and take a deep breath as a family of 5. We were contacted by Believe In Tomorrow and were offered a beautiful townhouse on the bay in Ocean City, MD absolutely FREE of charge, which was a huge relief after an influx of hospital bills and copays. Only, that wasn’t it. When we arrived, there were baskets of all of Nolan’s (and his 2 brothers) favorite things. Games, toys, blankets, stuffed animals as well as a gift cards to cover almost all of our meals and more activities than we could even find time to do. Every single person we came in contact with during our stay did anything and everything to make our family and especially our kids feel special. I cannot even begin to described how this trip refreshed our hearts and gave us strength to move forward.
To this day, our kids talk about the memories we made on our trips with Believe In Tomorrow. They remember the special time we spent as a family and when we were absolutely spoiled, not the hospital beds, procedures and IVs.
Today, Nolan is obsessed with scuba diving and loves football. He wants to be a running back at the University of Alabama then go on to play for the Washington Redskins. He also can name pretty much anything and everything under the sea and can’t wait until he turns 10 so he can get scuba certified. In fact, his scar from his surgery was actually acquired during a run in with a Great White Shark while he was diving in the Galapagos Islands
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