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Team Elsa's Beam of Sunshine

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EVENT DATE: Feb 08, 2014

Karen Sue


Dear Family and Friends,

Elsa and I are taking the polar plunge again! On February 8th, we're freezin' for a reason to raise money for Camp Sunshine. This place is near and dear to our hearts. The volunteers at camp and the camp experience heals souls and hearts so the body can fight cancer and other diseases. Camp Sunshine is a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families; a unique and important difference.

We want to celebrate Elsa's good health and cure from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We need your help to send a family to camp! Feel free to join our team! Or you can support us by donating some money. Every little bit helps.

So you can understand a little of what it's like, below is the thank you letter we sent to a sponsor from a past camp trip.

Thanks to you all,
Karen and Elsa

Dear Tropical Smoothie Cafe (our sponsor for the week),

Thank you for sponsoring our family this week at Camp Sunshine.
It is hard to put into words what a magical week at Camp Sunshine means to our entire family, but we can try!

Our daughter Elsa was three and a half years old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). W were devastated. Elsa was used to being with friends and going across the country to visit family in California and now she was grounded while she went through chemotherapy. For the next three and a half years our world revolved around emergency hospital trips and weeks of inpatient stays.

All Elsa knew and loved had to be put on hold.

Elsa also has a brother, Richard, who was three months old when she was diagnosed. Because of hospital rules, we both couldn't stay with Elsa and Richard overnight. My husband and I would take shifts (day and night) to be with Elsa. Richard grew up in the hospital room and in clinics. My husband and I rarely saw each other anymore, to the point where Richard didn't recognize his own daddy. It broke our hearts.

Since that time, we found Camp Sunshine. It is a place of healing, growth, and education. It is like living inside a hug and lit by a smile. Every person who comes to Camp is treated with love, respect, and understanding.

My daughter can feel like a regular child again. My son can feel special and be the center of attention. My husband and I have a chance to reconnect with each other and connect with other families who understand and accept what we have been going through. The families we meet and have met have become friends and a source of support all year round. Where else can families meet to connect and support each other?

In the dark of the storm of cancer, Camp Sunshine is more than the silver lining; it is the sparkling rainbow full of magic and light through the rain.

Thank you Tropical Smoothie Cafe for keeping the light shining.

Richard III, Karen, Elsa, and Richard V



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