The Sullivan Family
 
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“We are Jeremy and Amanda and a family of 4 with 2.5 year old twins, Izzy & Isaiah. We attended Retreat 18 in 2018. We live in Minnesota, love to go on adventures, participate in music class and spend time with our extended families. Our daughter Izzy was diagnosed with a germ cell yolk sac tumor the week after her first birthday. She endured 8 cycles of chemo and surgery. We actually attended retreat 18 in between cycles 5 and 6. Being able to attend ended up being a game-time decision as Izzy was in the hospital with fevers the week leading up to Lighthouse. We are so thankful it all worked out! Common Ground was a favorite for Mom & Dad, because the time spent sharing our story and hearing from others in similar places was very therapeutic. We also enjoyed all of the time spent with our host family, getting to know them and developing a life-long bond. The kiddos thoroughly enjoyed their time at the beach, singing songs and the talent show night. It's hard to describe in words, but Lighthouse was a beacon of light for us during a very hard year. It came at the most perfect time as we were embarking on another chemo protocol. It lifted our spirits and gave us so much positive energy to fight forward for our sweet girl.

 

“ Lighthouse was the most incredible experience a family in our position could have hoped for. God's love was overflowing throughout the week and his hands and feet were on the ground working hard through each and every volunteer. We would go again in a heartbeat, and hope to return as a host family in the future. The opportunity to connect with so many other wonderful families, and be their cheering squad has been incredible. A recent exciting update is that on Aug 23rd, a little less than 2 years after diagnosis, Izzy was declared no evidence of disease and had her port removed on Aug 30, a day we had been praying for endlessly. “ - The Sullivan Family

 
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The Werstein Family
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“Bresy was diagnosed with ALL leukemia right after her third birthday. She rang the bell for her last Chemo treatment last October. My favorite thing about the retreat was meeting other families who were or had gone through similar situations. They felt the same way, thought the same thoughts, they became our family. They never judged, they listened and cared. I made friends I will keep in touch with forever. Felt welcomed and like I had known them forever. Lighthouse is a place where arms are wrapped around you as

 

soon as you get there. I have so much to say, and don’t know how to say it all. We all come from different backgrounds and experiences but there we were all the same, one family. And to just think that everyone was there for our families, voluntarily, their own precious time and money. That is a big sacrifice and big hearts! And as for the two families that took care of us, they were amazing. Made us feel loved and special, especially our kids. Our kids became their kids. The kids loved spending time with all of the other kids and new experiences. They felt normal, and did not even think about why we were there. They laughed and smiled every day, even my 16 year old. We have kept in touch with all of them. My heart was full when we left. And always will be from this experience.” - Laura Werstein

 

The Werstein family is helping raise money to send another family on retreat! Consider donating below!

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The Cheat Family
 

“We attended Retreat 3 2019. I am a single mom to Angel age 15. She was diagnosed with BCell ALL 4/20/2017. She went in remission May 30, 2017. Recently 8/14/2019 we took the last treatement medicine and her port was removed 8/21/2019. We get to ring the bell 9/4/2019. Angel is a typical teen that loves spending time with friends, watching Greys Anatomy and country music. My favorite memory from Retreat was all of it. From the minute I spoke with Buck and Eleanor to arriving, there was a bond with everyone. There were no strangers among any of us and we all became friends with other families and all the volunteer families. I really enjoyed spending time with other parents and learning how other families are feeling and dealing with the same worries, scares, and the small joys we never take for granted.  Angel loved spending time with other teens even the teens that were volunteers. They listened and allowed her to express herself without judgement. Lighthouse has left memories that we will carry for the rest of our lives.

 
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“We were treated to a week I could never afford and pampered with wonderful food great entertainment and laughter we both needed. If I could say anything to a family thinking of going it would be don’t think twice. As a cancer family to have a week of not worrying about anything being pampered by the volunteer families and total strangers and making memories as a family and with other families I would love to go again.  Lighthouse is wonderful and brought my family new friends and memories that we could never make on our own.” - The Cheat Family

Judy & Angle have decided to Go Gold with Lighthouse during the month of September and is fundraising to send more families on retreat. Consider donating below!

 
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The Hively Family
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“We attended Retreat 7 in 2019 and Retreat 9 in 2018. I am a single mother, divorced in 2018 after 16 years of marriage. I have 3 kids. Kaeden is 11 years old, Kaleb is 7 years old, and Kynslee is 6 years old. Kaleb was diagnosed in 2014 with neuroblastoma and relapsed in 2017. We were so thankful and blessed to have been able to attend the Lighthouse Retreat. There really is just not one thing that we loved about the Lighthouse. Everything was amazing and just being able to talk to and share stories with other families is amazing. The Family Partners become just like your real family and we will be forever grateful to have met them and have lasting relationships with each of them. It’s truly amazing how big their hearts are and the generosity they show to everyone. They go above and beyond to make sure that all of the kids and parents are treated with so much love.

 
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“The kids favorite part of the retreat is being able to spend other time with the kids during Flip-Flop. The kids and I look forward to hopefully returning in the future and becoming Family Partners for a family like ours.” - Cheyanne Hively

Lighthouse is sending extra prayers to Kalen today for his scans! Please join us in sending prayers and thoughts to the Hively family!

 
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The Paterson Family

“We are a family of 6 with 4 girls. We are Derek and Rochelle with an adult 21 y/o daughter Ashley, twin 7 y/o daughters Rea and Halle, youngest, 6 y/o Myla. Rea was diagnosed with Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma when she was 2. She underwent aggressive treatment and has had no evidence of disease for almost 5 years. We are so grateful. Now we stay very busy and keep making great memories!

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“My husband and I really loved Common Ground, being able to unload and share feelings and stories with other parents who are on similar journeys. As hard as it was for us to deal with our daughter having cancer, it was just as difficult to feel the pain of the other parents and hear their struggles. All of us prayed together and unloaded and felt at peace each time we walked out of the room. We also celebrated our kids’ triumphs together. It was a special group. We were humbled by all of the stories we heard. In a way, Derek and I kind of needed to be forced to do this, as we always declined support group sessions at the hospital or cancer centers in our area. We have such a close relationship, strong faith, and wonderful and involved family, so we never felt it necessary to seek additional support. But we were thankful for Common Ground and pleasantly surprised at how organized and productive our meetings were, impressed with how well the leaders ran each session, and amazed by the love and comfort that filled the room each day. It also certainly helped that we knew our kids were well taken care of and having the time of their lives while we were separated for that short time.

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“Our girls loved the people most of all! They enjoyed spending time with our Family Partners and making new friends at the beach and pool. They had a blast swimming, singing, and dancing. We take nothing for granted; of course more so after Rea was diagnosed. We thank God for our health and many other blessings, and Lighthouse is one of the biggest gifts of love we have ever received. We always love and cherish any kind of family time, so it was a huge treat for us to relax and play together away from our usual busy schedule at home and work, and in a beautiful place with exceptionally kind and compassionate people. We were especially grateful to be able to attend twice because our eldest daughter could not attend the first retreat due to school. We remain friends and keep in touch with our Family Partners and many of the Retreat Families we met at LFR.” - The Paterson Family

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The Sepich Family
 

The Sepich family attended Retreat 12 in 2016 and Retreat 12 in 2019. Liz Sepich says, “My son was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 and endured 3.5 yrs of treatment.  Right now he's off treatment and continues to get blood draws to make sure the cancer doesn't come back. As a parent, our favorite moments [from retreat] were the sheer joy on the kids' faces playing at the beach and running into the ocean for the first time (in 2016). The kids loved meeting new friends and going to Flip-Flop SO much! They woke up looking forward to that every morning.  It was great seeing how excited they got about it.”

 
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“It truly was a wonderful getaway for us to enjoy each other, meet new people, and understand exactly what others are going through.  Knowing so many people were there volunteering to make our week enjoyable was humbling and made us so grateful.  It truly takes so much time, planning, and money for the week to run smoothly, and we are so thankful we were able to experience it twice.  The kids look back at pictures often, we think about it all the time, sing the songs, and remember all the wonderful memories made there.  We will forever be friends with our family partners and have a special bond with all the families we met.  Lifelong friends we will never forget about.”

 
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Liz says to other families living through childhood cancer that going on a week on retreat “ will truly be one of the best weeks of your lives!  You will not regret it at all.  Figure out a way to get there and relax! We are so grateful for everything that Lighthouse did for our family and the joy and hope it has given so many other families!  We cannot wait to come back to serve in a few years and continue to help other families like ours.” - The Sepich Family

 
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The Hall Family
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Matt & Brady Hall have three sons: Sanders (10) and twins Sawyer and Ship (9)! Brady says her favorite part about coming on retreat was being able to meet Melissa Simmons, another cancer mom. “We had been in contact over the phone for a while,” Brandy said, “Meeting face to face on the beach...I’ll never forget that hug. Being able to meet a lifelong friend...no words to describe!” The boys enjoyed swimming during flip flop and the talent show!

“There are no words to decscribe the joy of Lighthouse. Not at the fault of anyone, but friends tend to drift after months of walking through a child on treatment. As a family, the world continues to go, but you are in the world of cancer. We will never forget what it meant to have complete strangers be the hands and feet of Jesus. It truly was a respite during a much needed time of our life!

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Brady says to other families considering attending a Lighthouse Retreat, “Don't hesitate. Having people accept you and love you...and not be afraid to serve you. Such a blessing. We loved Lighthouse so much that my older son, Sanders, and I decided to come back and serve this past summer. Hoping to one day bring the whole family back.” - The Hall Family

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The Sica Family

“My daughter Melissa and myself (Von) have attended the single Mom’s retreats with my granddaughter, Millie , in both 2018 and 2019. It’s hard to put into words the joy and hope that comes from attending a Lighthouse Family Retreat. Both summers we have had the most amazing family partners that have given of themselves fully to help our family have rest and restored hope during our stay and beyond. Their faith in God shines through their giving and love.

“We have so many special memories from our retreats. The most special is seeing the happiness on Millie’s face as she has performed in the talent shows. This last summer she taught her group how to Salsa. She has been taking ballroom dancing lessons for several months and even though she is legally blind from her brain tumor, she has found that dance brings so much joy. I have watched the video a hundred times and heard the other families and partners cheering for her group. It a beyond special memory for Millie. One she’ll remember forever. We are so thankful for Lighthouse Family Retreats and we have shared with other cancer families about this special week and how it will benefit their family. Thank you again for all you do!” - The Sica Family

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The Pottorf Family
 

“Hi!! We are the Pottorf Family and went to Lighthouse Retreat 16 in 2019!! We are a family of 10, but 9 of us were able to come. Joseph is our youngest boy of our 8 children and got diagnosed with a pineal parenchymal tumor of intermediate differentiation at the age of six (2017). It was found by accident when they did an MRI for his Arnold chiari malformation. Since diagnosis he has had 8 surgeries in less than a year and his 9th was done in January. He has also had to have 30 days of proton therapy radiation and a month of inpatient therapy.

 
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“Our favorite memory of the retreat was the awesome people we got the pleasure of meeting and the fact that we could all be together and having fun outside of a doctor's office or hospital setting. Our kids got really attached to the kids from our host families and loved hanging out with them!! They also LOVED being on the beach and swimming in the ocean!

 
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“Lighthouse to us means that there is healing with God and with the help of awesome people. It wasn't just a vacation. It was an awaking of our minds,hearts, and spirits. Other people need this break, they will find peace and rest while here and that it is important for your family to have time like this together. It is also nice to meet people in the same or similar situations to know that you are not alone in what you are dealing with. Lighthouse helped us more than just with the rest we needed from what we are going through with Joseph. My husband had lost his mother the day we were leaving to come to the retreat. Everyone was so supportive and it really helped our family work through it.” - The Pottorf Family

The Pottorf Family is Going Gold with Lighthouse during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by raising money to send another family on retreat. Please consider donating at the link below!

 
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The Lambert Family
 

“We went on Retreat 16 in 2018. We live in Central Florida have been serving in a church/Christian school for the past 10 years. We have two children, Luke who is our cancer survivor, he is 5 and just started school! Selah is our little princess and will be 2 in January!

 
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“ Our favorite memory was getting to worship and sing on the beach. Luke’s favorite memory was the birthday party and swimming! Lighthouse was such an amazing experience and refreshing time to talk with others who understand us and to feel relaxed for one week! I would encourage any and every family with a child with cancer to go to Lighthouse! It’s a MUST-have experience. It is life changing! Meeting other families and getting to know their stories was so helpful to know we’re not alone.” - The Lambert Family

The Lambert Family is Going Gold and is raising money to send another family on retreat! Please consider donating to them below.

 
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The Nordeen Family
 

“My name is J.D. Nordeen and my wife Bethany and I have three children. Ava is seven, Emma is five, and Harrison is three. Ava was diagnosed with an atypical meningioma brain tumor when she was three. Since then she has had three brain surgeries and 60 rounds of proton radiation. Our family has been blessed by God to attend two Lighthouse Family Retreats. We first attended Retreat 18 in September of 2018. And seven months later we were back for Retreat 2 in April of 2019.”

 
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Our favorite memories of the retreats are the worship nights and the kids love Flip Flop. We have experienced a lot of support and generosity since Ava was diagnosed. But being surrounded and served by the body and love of Christ at Lighthouse has been the best thing that we have experienced. I would encourage another family to apply for a Lighthouse Family Retreat because it might be the best thing to come from very difficult circumstances. Lighthouse has a huge impact on the entire family!” - The Nordeen Family

The Nordeen Family is Going Gold with Lighthouse this September and is fundraising to help send another family on retreat for a week. Donate at the link below!

 
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The James Family
 

“We went in 2018 to Lighthouse family Retreat 14 at Topsl Resort in Destin, Florida. We had to reschedule once because of treatment. Our family consisted of me Amber, my husband Brian, our 12 year old Erika, and our would be 18 year old Laura. Laura was diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer in May 2017. She passed away October 8th of 2018 just 2 months after we had our retreat.

 
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“She was in a wheelchair and they were able to get a beach wheelchair so she could still enjoy full access to the beach. She had a lot of fun doing some people watching and hanging out with kids her own age during the day. Erika loved the beach and playing with the other kids. It was a lot of fun for the kids and really good for the adults, too. Your whole day isn’t overtaken with thoughts of appointments and meds. The time the parents got to spend together was great. We bonded and made friendships that we will keep forever. Having someone to talk to who can relate with your struggles is wonderful and priceless. The atmosphere is not sad or depressing.

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“The talent show was a blast! The resort itself was absolutely amazing! It was the most beautiful place we have ever been and we are so, so grateful to Lighthouse Family Retreats for making it possible for us to go. When your child is going through something like this, you hesitate wondering if they will be okay away from home. They have a nurse on the staff and so much help. They never missed a beat. Our Family Partners were the best! Lighthouse has become a symbol of hope and faith in my family. I highly suggest you let these wonderful people take care of your family for a week. God works in amazing ways through these people. It builds your faith and hope and helps you keep going.” - Amber James

 
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The Escobar Family
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The Escobar Family is from California and attended Retreat 4 this past year. Juan and Rachel have been married for 13 years and have two kids: Carter 9 and Peyton 7. Carter was diagnosed with stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in July of 2018 and is currently in treatment. Juan and Rachel’s favorite memory is watching their kids run and play, especially Carter who hadn’t played with other kids in a long time! They also really enjoyed their time spent in Common Ground as it allowed them to talk about what they were all going through with people that actually understand what they are going through. Carter and Peyton enjoyed the Unbirthday Party and Talent Show the most! In the Talent Show Carter told jokes and Peyton sang and danced with her friend Hannah, the whole room loved it!

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“It was the only time in the last year when we actually relaxed. No laundry, dishes, cooking, hospital — it was a refresh we desperately needed. It is everything you don’t know you need while on treatment. Outpouring of love and service. We have made lifelong friends with our retreat partner families! We are still in touch and they have been such a blessing to us.” - The Escobar Family

The Escobar Family has decided to Go Gold this September and is raising money to send another family on retreat! Please consider donating below!

 
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The Esco Family
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Tim and Marianne Esco have been married 30 years this year and we have 3 kids- Jessica, Christine, and T.J. They joined Lighthouse this past year on Retreat 5. Their favorite memory from retreat was being able to relax and relate to others that understand what they are going through. T.J enjoyed swimming and being normal most!

 
 
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“ It was a wonderful vacation that we were able to relax and also talk with others that understand our journey. I immediately came back and told all our families as well as social worker what an amazing time we had and how you won’t experience anything else like it. We are still close with our partner families. They were so sweet and kind. They made the experience even more special.” - The Esco Family

 
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The Gibson Family
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“We are the Gibsons from Festus Missouri. Ryan is an HVAC service technician and Melanie is a pediatric registered nurse. Vinny is age 4 and Dominic is age 2. Our boys are full of so much energy! Our family is very close. We spend all of our free time together. We enjoy going to local parks, the zoo and science center and just enjoying each other. Dominic was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in December 2017. His cancer returned after full resection in April 2018. He underwent another surgery, followed by 4 rounds of chemotherapy. We just his first year in remission!

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“This cancer journey has taught us to never take for granted a single moment of time with your family. Hold your babies tight and thank God for each and every day that you get to spend with them. Each day is a gift. My favorite memory of retreat was the beach party when I got to sit and watch my boys play with the other kids, completely care-free. Ryan really enjoyed the date night and getting to spend time with some of the other parents and each other. They enjoed every moment! Vinny’s favorite memory was when he took his finger and swiped whip cream off Pastor Adams face and then ate it. He talks about it all of the time as well as the lighthouse songs that they both love to sing. Dominic enjoyed the beach and the sand and going crab hunting at night.

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“Lighthouse will forever be a part of our family. We connected to so many other parents and it was an experience unlike any other. It was truly inspiring to see these family partners taking such good care of all the retreat families. Witnessing teenagers being so selfless and just doing good for others is so incredible. The entire lighthouse experience brought us closer together as a family. It allowed us to just press pause for a moment and experience joy and rest with each other. Lighthouse means love, rest and family time to us. No matter how busy, or how out of reach this trip may feel, take the time to apply. Enjoy restoration and love and joy with your family. We are all too familiar with how life can be so short and how things can change in the blink of an eye. Just stop for a moment and enjoy each other. It will make the world of difference.

 
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“We would like to, again, thank everyone who made this experience happen for us. We will forever be so grateful to each and every one of you. Please know the imprint you have all left on our hearts. You are all incredible people.” - The Gibson Family

Lighthouse would like to say an early HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Vinny on September 12th!

 
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The Stanley Family
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The Stanley Family attended a Retreat with Lighthouse in 2019. They are a family of 4, Jose, Adrianna, Maria and Elliana. They love to adventure out in the mountains or out on the lakes of Salt Lake City, UT. When Elliana turned 1, they had to put all adventures on the back burner to help Elli beat her battle against Anaplastic Astrocytoma, a brain tumor. She went through 9 surgeries, 6 rounds of chemo, 1 stem cell transplant, and so much more to finally finish treatment on August 31st, 2018. She was declared cancer free in December of 2018 as well. They have been making up for missed time ever since. Elliana learned to walk in hospital halls and her favorite toys were medical tools, but she never stopped being the greatest joy in everyone's life who knows her.

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“Our favorite memory was when we all got to go down to the beach with the other families in the late evenings. We all got to sit together and watch our children be the miracles they truly are. We went fishing, built sandcastles, and looked at fish through a scuba mask. It was nothing short of heavenly. Lighthouse meant EVERYTHING to us. One thing that happens alot when you have a child who has cancer is you feel alone. You feel like you could never possibly be understood. I mean, how can anyone understand the pain you carry in your heart? But the retreat gave us a sense of normalcy, belonging, and peace. It gave us relaxation and restoration. It will forever be one of my favorite memories.”

 
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To any families living through childhood cancer: If you need healing, go. If you need support, go. If you need love, go. If you need nothing but a good time, go. There is no place on earth I would suggest more than The Lighthouse Retreat. Not only being able to be on the beach with your family, but to be able to find a community that loves you and wants to serve you completely so you can finally take a deep breath and truly relax.

We have found a sense of wanting to serve others. You dont realize how much of an impact you can have on other's lives until you have been through it yourself and watched other serve you and the lasting impact it has on your heart.

- The Stanley Family

The Stanley Family has decided to Go Gold this September with a goal of raising $500 to go towards sending another family on retreat. Please consider donating at the link below.

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The Gray Family
 

The Gray family is a family of 4 from Phoenix that joined Lighthouse on Retreat 13 in 2019. John and Lindsey met in law school, got married, and now both practice law in Phoenix (but not together, since they want to stay married!) God blessed John and Lindsey with two girls, Lily and Lincoln. The girls have their own personalities, but both bring more joy to John and Lindsey than words can describe. On the night before Thanksgiving 2016, the Gray family was preparing to travel to California for the holiday, when their pediatrician called and told them to go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital immediately. There, 2-year-old Lily learned that she had leukemia. That began a two-and-a-half-year journey of surgeries, needles, chemo drugs, hair loss, personality changes, physical changes, and everything in between.

The Gray family will never forget the very first time Lily was set to go under general anesthetic so that the doctors could stick a needle in her hip to take bone marrow and stick another needle in her spinal fluid to inject chemotherapy drugs. Unphased by the fluorescent lights and fear the overcome her parents, Lily sang these words from one of her favorite songs, “I’m no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God!” And suddenly, everything felt better. Throughout the whole thing, Lily stayed strong and today is in remission.

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“We loved  how the retreat made us feel. More than one specific moment, having people care for us, do things for us, and befriend us made us feel loved and relaxed. To paraphrase Maya Angelou, we won’t remember everything that people said or did at Lighthouse, but we’ll never forget how they made us feel. The kids loved meeting new friends and going to Flip Flop. They liked hanging out at the beach with their parents, but that was clearly second or third on the list of favorites. Lighthouse was a rejuvenating experience for our family---physically, mentally, and spiritually. We hope to be able to help others have the same experience. Would you rather have a relaxing time at the beach with your family with people who will care for you, or would you rather do something else?” - The Gray Family

The Gray Family has decided to Go Gold with Lighthouse this month and is fundraising to send another family going through what they went through are on retreat. Help them reach their goal of $500 by donating below!

 
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The Stewart Family

“Our family is comprised of myself, husband, Woody, 4yro daughter, Lily, & 2 chiweenies, Yoda & Kit. We reside in Alexandria, VA, just outside of Washington, DC. I’m a 5th grade teacher, Woody works at MGM National Harbor in the poker room, & Lily is about to start year 2 of Preschool. It’s hard to pick 1 favorite memory of the retreat, to be honest. It all was so amazing! I think the time spent with the other parents may be one of the memories that sticks with me the most because we got to see inside other people’s lives that we’re going through similar things. It made us feel not as alone & build a larger community, even family. We still keep in touch with several of the families & have since gotten together with one of them while traveling. The group is hoping to have a reunion in the next few years when it’s financially & medically feasible. Lily’s favorite memory was going to the pool & beach! She loved playing with friends & the beach was her first visit! I’d guess that singing the Lighthouse song was also a favorite, since she still randomly sings it. 

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Lighthouse meant so much to us! As mentioned above, it was nice to get a sense of normalcy & hearing that things we experienced & felt was not something we were alone in. We also say that our family & hearts grew after being on the retreat! We added so many more people to our inner circle, from the volunteers to the families visiting. It was a wonderful time to just relax! A trip we couldn’t have done on our own! We got to feel normal & spend time together away from home. We got to expand our circle, our community, relax. We are so very thankful for the opportunity we received going to this! It’s crazy to think that people are raising money & giving up part of their summer to serve us! How wonderful & amazing they are!” - Christina Stewart

 
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“The sense of giving that was shown by the Family Partners was moving and the bonding we made with the other families is priceless (One of the other dads and I try to see how many different ways we can fit “Bro” into our ways of saying hello, ie: A-Bro-Ham Lincoln is my current go to).

My PERSONAL favorite memories were the dad’s poker night (the bonding was great and I got to teach the other dads how to play), the parent’s night out dinner date, and the video memory package at the end of the retreat, it had us all (from me the smallest guy there to my A-Bro-Ham, James Snead who was the biggest) in tears to see our children full of life and smiling like there was never any cancer, they were just kids again.” - Woody Stewart

The Stewart family has decided to help raise funds during September to go towards sending another family on retreat. Please consider helping them reach their $500 goal by donating below. Thank you!

 
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The McWhorter Family
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Aiden McWhorter is in treatment for Stage 4 High Rick Neuroblastoma. He was 19 months old when their family attended retreat 8 in 2019. The week prior to retreat, he received his first set of clean scans, so a week on retreat was a nice vacation to celebrate on!

Aiden’s Mom, Sarah, say her favorite memory from retreat was, “Seeing everyone love on our Aiden as he was the dancer of the group that demands attention at all times.” They also enjoyed being surrounded by love and happiness all week long!

To the McWhorter family, Lighthouse is “a safe harbor where cancer doesn’t exist, memories are made, and there is no shortage of love and beaches.”

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Sarah says that if you are a family living through childhood cancer that is thinking about apply, “DO IT! It is life changing to see so many willing to serve and love your family. It provides rest for your soul, and memories that last a life time.”

Thank you McWhorter Family for Going Gold!

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