Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blessed & Grateful: Superstars & Camp

We have some exciting, awesome news to share!!

My boy (whom I really can no longer call a boy) has been nominated to be honored in a very special way!!

A few weeks ago I got a call from our Palliative Care Social Worker to share that they would like to nominate Chance to be a part of “The Night of Superstars” in our area!! The Night of Superstars is an event put together by an organization called Ragan’s Hope, and is a night to “celebrate the lives of those that change ours”.

From their website…”Night of Superstars is an “Oscar-like” red-carpet charity event that draws numbers of local celebrities, high-profile personalities, media, and hundreds of guests! This celebration is to honor the accomplishments of 20 amazing children, students and young adults in their respective geographical areas who are affected by varying types of disabling conditions, yet reach far beyond their adversities and excel in areas such as academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, the arts, and community service!”.

Our social worker went on to explain that they thought Chance was the perfect candidate because of his work at Camp Korey, his time with the Youth Advisory Council there at Cook Children’s, and most recently the time he spends working with patients in the music studio there at the hospital…and mostly because he does all of these things with such an incredibly humble spirit. Chance is so incredibly touched, and deeply humbled to be nominated, and we are just incredible proud and so grateful to have him honored in this way!! We will keep everyone posted on when and where this event will be happening, but if you think you might want to be there for it, we do know that the date is September 20th, and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a whole crew of  our people there to share in this honor with us!!! So SAVE THE DATE!!

And there is more…we are cutting it close again this year, but we finally have the go-ahead to get the kids to Camp Korey!!!!

Medically, the last year has been busy, and at times disheartening. All three are struggling, and have been for a little while, and our attempts to get them back to a better place have been less than successful. It is at times like these that we are reminded how blessed we are. Part of what gets them through their tougher days, are the events and experiences we have been blessed to be a part of each year. Wish Night in May was another incredible evening for us all, and now we are a week away from going to Camp Korey for what will no doubt be another amazing, life changing week!!

I know I have said before how difficult it is to put into words what this week in Carnation, Washington means to us. Try as I might, I am still at a loss. This year will be Chance’s third year as Counselor, Madison’s second as an LIT (Leadership In Training), and Abby’s first year as an LIT!! The opportunity to be leaders is there for all three, more than ever before, and I can hardly wait to hear all about their week as life changers for others too. Such an amazing gift to be able to give back in this way!! I cannot begin to express our gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of the Camp Korey family.

More, I cannot begin to express my gratitude to you all…the people who make it possible for us to be there!!  If not for you and your help, this would not be possible. In a life where finding opportunities like this for our children are rare, having this opportunity each summer to look forward to makes all the difference in the world.

Getting the go-ahead to go to Camp this year has been as challenging as ever, and thus our late start fundraising. If you feel led, any contribution you can make is insanely appreciated.

Donations can be made at or at the link in the right sidebar.

We are so very blessed to have each and every one of you in our lives. Thank you for being our village, and for loving us as we are. You all provide the greatest of gifts to us in this way everyday, and we love you for it.

BIG hugs,
The McNair’s
Michael, Heather, Chance, Madison & Abigail

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