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

 
Katelyn DeVos