SUMMER 2022 RECAP
At Lighthouse, our dream is to strengthen EVERY family living through childhood cancer. Every single one… over 50,000 families. Each summer for the past 21 years, we’ve seen God continue to bring new families into our Lighthouse community, and this summer was no exception. In fact, this summer was pivotal for our Lighthouse family.
This Retreat season, we added another Retreat location to our list of seaside spots (hello, St. Simons Island!), we added new team members to our full-time team and we welcomed a new wave of summer interns into our family. Not to mention, new Family Partners and Retreat Families joined us in the sand for the very first time.
While these areas of growth are pivotal to reaching our goal, we know we have to look beyond summer because cancer is not a seasonal disease. This is why we are once again extending our impact to locations across the country through two One-Day and two Weekend Retreats in Colorado, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia.
Ultimately, we can’t celebrate this exceptional summer and continued growth without thanking YOU! Your support means the world to us and to the families we get to serve. Without your dedication to our mission, we would not be where we are today.
While 50,000 is a monumental goal, we believe that, with your help, we can
achieve this. Thank you for locking arms with us this summer and for your ongoing support. Six claps and a YES because we appreciate you more than you know!
- CHRIS WOODRUFF, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | CEO
Meet the Tabush Family
As a first time Retreat Family, the Tabush family couldn’t have imagined the impact that would come from the weeklong Retreat. The family of four stepped out of their comfort zones in new ways through Flip Flop and Common Ground. In turn, they found a community of people that not only understood the journey they were walking through, but wanted to link arms with to support them as they continue to find hope and rest.
“Others say (and we believe) that the heart of Lighthouse Family Retreat is Common Ground. However, I don’t think it would have had the same impact without all of the other impactful moments and people.
Being on vacation, not having to worry about planning anything, and of course, the Family Partner volunteers are all crucial. When we think about it, they are the heart of Lighthouse – always full of energy, carrying big smiles, ready to have fun and serve. We have never been in a place with so many wholehearted people. The connection, the love, the empathy, the joy, and the hope that we experienced this week cannot be found anywhere else.
Lighthouse was not only helpful to heal and experience joy, but it also gave us hope and tools for upcoming challenges.
READ MORE NOW ABOUT THE TABUSH FAMILY ON THE PERSPECTIVES BLOG.
Thanks to YOU
We are grateful for our Family Partners, Lighthouse Keepers, Hospital Partners, Board of Directors, Horizon donors and all Lighthouse supporters.
THANK YOU TO THESE AMAZING VENDORS
Bubba Garcias, Caribsea, Chick-fil-A, Chicken Salad Chick, Class Act Catering, Coastal Kitchen, Donut Hole, Emerald Coast Catering, Emerald Isle Realty, Epworth by the Sea, Flip Flop Donuts, Halyards, Harris Teeter, Jersey Mike's Subs, Jimmy John’s, King and Prince, Marco's Pizza, Michelangelos Pizza, International Interval, Pizza by the Sea, Publix, Surf Hut, The Ocean Club, Tops’l, Townsend Catering, Transportation Impact
THANK YOU TO OUR
3 Circle Church, Berry College, Chapel Church, Crossroads Church, Fellowship Forney, First Colleyville Church, Good News Church, Hope Community Church, Journey Church, Lighthouse Church, Mountain Brook Church, North Point Community Churches, Peachtree Presbyterian, Rockbridge Church, Simple Church, Southbrook Church, Southside Church
DID YOU JOIN US ON RETREAT THIS SUMMER? FIND YOUR RETREAT IMAGES HERE!
Beyond the Beach
Lighthouse Keepers is an amazing group of individuals who have made a commitment to financially support Lighthouse monthly or quarterly. Their support goes towards making sure Lighthouse has everything we need to create in person Retreats and helpful resources for families with a child living through cancer. Please consider joining this group and begin making a difference in these families lives instantly.
Learn more here.
The 2022 Gold Party will be one you do not want to miss! Make it a date night, a night out with friends, or invite family and friends that supported your Lighthouse trip! No one will want to miss out on this exciting night that will transport you back to the 1920s.
We believe restoration happens through service for both the giver and receiver, and we work with businesses and organizations to customize partnership opportunities to engage their staff in service. Learn more here.
In September and November, Lighthouse is headed out of the sand to the mountains for Weekend Retreats in both Colorado and North Carolina. Registration is now open and more information can be found here.
Join Us in the Sand
We are gearing up for the 2023 Retreat Season - and we cannot do it without you! Serve at a 2023 Retreat with family, friends, or a church or school group. Learn more about what it looks like to serve here.
2023 Retreat schedule coming soon, registration opens January 2023.
Do you know a college student looking for an impactful summer Internship? Available roles include Media Intern, Kitchen Intern, Work Crew, and more. Learn more here.
Online applications open this fall.