Dear Family and Friends –
Its' that time again - time for the annual Candlelighters Fun Walk! Please mark your calendars to come out and walk with us on Saturday, September 8th at Terry Hershey park to help raise money for children with cancer and their families. This is a very important walk for us this year. Last year the walk was cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey. The park was completely under water.
Not only was the walk cancelled, but we had mulitple events that were cancelled and we had to cancel our camp due to the Hurricane. To say it was a difficult year for Candlelighters is an understatement.
As most of you know, we were also personally affected as a family as well. John's mom's house flooded and we were at her house, so we had to be rescued by boat from Harvey. (shout out to the College Station Firedepartment for rescuing us!) After almost a year, we are all good now and John's mom has actually just moved back into her home. We had over 63 Candlelighters families whose homes flooded as well. Can you imagine having a child with cancer and having your home flood as well! Candllighters was there to help them through this process. We started a Harvey relief fund and help give out supplies to flood victims.
BUT......this is our comeback year! We are praying for a wondeful walk this year!!!! And...we are goign back to camp! Yay for new beginnings in 2018. All the money from the walk funds our Camp!
I cannot believe that it has been thirteen years since I joined Candlelighters! As you all know, I have the great privilege of working with families that are facing or have faced childhood cancer. I love my job and one of the very best aspects of my job is the chance to meet all the families and become friends with them. This is very near and dear to my heart.
Every year, we host a camp for children with cancer, their brothers and sisters, and their moms and dads for a weekend of fun at Camp For All. Candlelighters philosophy is when a child is diagnosed with cancer, the whole family is in “crisis” so we include siblings and parents in all of our activities. At camp, everyone rides horses, goes down the zip line (yes, even me), fishes, shoots arrows and eats s’mores by the campfire.
The Candlelighters Board was gracious enough to let me bring Tyler and Morgan with me to camp, since I would have to be gone all weekend and it’s a “family affair.” My kids have had the great priviledge of knowing many kids with cancer and many of those are now survivors. Tyler is now even thinking of going into the medical field because of this!
This year, the Wheelers – John, Tyler, Morgan and I – are forming a walk team. We are going to walk for Tyler’s and Morgan's camp friends like Hannah and Blake and Braedon and for all the other kids facing childhood cancer. We are going to walk for all the moms and dads who face childhood cancer. Please take a few minutes to watch this video and learn more!
I would love to have you join us, to donate to our team or to form a family team of your own! The Fun Walk is Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Terry Hershey Park and begins at 9 a.m. Thank you so much to all my awesome friends who have walked or supported us in the past. We love you all!
Lynn, John, Tyler and Morgan