Amazing! I don’t have the words to adequately describe what a great End of Chemo Party we had yesterday. It was joy-filled exuberance and exaltation all wrapped up in a crazy blur of an afternoon that was better than we had hoped. At the end of the day, we were exhausted (I logged over 18,000 steps on my FitBit), but it was the good kind of exhaustion – the kind that’s worth it and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Of course, a party like this doesn’t happen by accident, and this one was no exception. My wife Lori was the mastermind behind the whole thing and what she put together and pulled off was nothing short of miraculous. The whole thing went off without a hitch and we loved every minute of it.
I know I will forget some people, so I ask for your forgiveness right up front. Age is catching up to me! With that said, a big shout out to Playground Inflatables for a great deal on the Bounce House and Sno Cone machine; Marty Goldsmith for the chocolate fountain (Lizzy’s only request for the party), and my friend Scott Walker for the incredible balloon animal creations. And of course, the whole event took place at Watkins United Methodist Church, which was very generous to open their facilities to us. Lizzy was a student at Watkins Preschool when she was first diagnosed, so it brought everything full circle to have Lizzy celebrate her End of Chemo there.
Lori had some very special people who stepped up and helped in so many areas, including Jane Parker with the balloon archway and decorating, Angie Lewis who helped in many ways including blowing up balloons and organizing the food; Rose Chanley who helped organize the food and sno cone machine; Grandma (Sue Jones) with shopping and party favor bag stuffing; and Grandmother (Barbara Brooks) with additional food for the party. Afterwards, the Essex family, the Sheets family, the Parker family and the Ward family all helped us clean up – THANK YOU!
I could go on and on, but please know we really appreciate everyone who came, and even if you couldn’t come, we appreciate all of the texts and emails and FB messages we received throughout the day.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are about 22,000 more “words” –