Dear Team,

This morning was a huge success and Bryan and I have you (and Mother Nature!) to thank for that.  THANK YOU!

Our team alone raised almost $15,000 (many donations came in today and have yet to be logged) for pediatric cancer research and survivorship at C.H.O.P.  This tally is in addition to any team registration fees so, in all, I estimate that our team generated at least $20,000 for the event.  We had nearly 275 people register for our team and about 225 people came to the event to walk or run.  There were about 100 children running or walking which is a amazing for so many reasons. It was more successful than we ever dreamed it could be.  

 

Thank you.

 

Watching the balloons climb into the clear sky at the whim of a child was a true highlight of my morning.  We sent a lot of balloons to the great beyond today and one can only hope that they were seen or sensed by our little boy.  Like last year, I felt moved not only by those who supported our team but also by the other 37 team tents on the Parkway each spawned by a child who has or had cancer.  

Unlike other major life events such as weddings, holidays or birthdays, which I have found can bring out the best and the worst in people, the life event of the death of a child only brings out people at their absolute best.  Everyone may not always know exactly what to say or what to do but their hearts are always in the right place and, thankfully, my family has been the beneficiaries of that level of love and support.  It is important that you know that by supporting our team in any way that you could, you not only helped advance the field of pediatric cancer but also you helped a grieving family take one more step forward. 

In the past few years I have been forced to learn a twist on the old proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” which is that “It takes a village to help a child die.”  And how true that is.  We could never do this alone – thank you for all of your help and support and for continuing to remember our boy, Joseph.

This train is pulling out of the station until next year…

With thanks, 

Jen (and Bryan) Lentz


(Photo: Thomas the Train balloons to Heaven...)