Stephaine would have turned 14 on July 8th. I had a lot of joy over the years making sure her birthday was a special day. Since she left us everyday has been filled with thoughts of missing her and shedding some tears. I didn’t want her birthday to be about more of that. I wanted to do something that would bring joy to other children and also honor the memory of our daughter. Once again we called on teamwork to make the dream work. Thanks to Royal Oak Beaumont, Amanda, Kayla and rest of the child life team we were able to make that happen. The teamwork didn’t stop there, it continued with help from friends and family. Valerie put together all the gift bags, our daughters friend Brody and my sister Denise also helped out at the event.
On July 8th thanks to all of them we were able to sponsor a family movie night to honor the memory of Stephaine. The theme of the event was from one of her favorite movies Despicable Me 2. The snacks and gift bags were of course done with a minion theme. There are no words to describe how proud I am of everybody who stepped up to make this happen. There are numerous people at Royal Oak Beaumont who are like family to us. They supported us in the worse moments of our life and we could never thank them enough. The Best Day Award was inspired by the last conversation I had with Stephaine. Taking that award and hosting this event on her birthday is something she would have appreciated. Stephaine lived life thinking of others, doing it with a heart overflowing with love and laughter. That night was about love and laughter.
I have never experienced something as wonderful as that evening was. Seeing the joy on all the kids faces and the appreciation from their loved ones was priceless. The only regret I have besides the obvious one is I wish I could do more.
Right now we’re limited in what we can do as we fund this out of pocket. I know this is something I want to do and wish I could do stuff like this everyday. Until we get to that day. I need to focus on anything we can do. Here is something I came across from our local FOX affiliate. Michigan girl with inoperable tumor wants cards for birthday .
It’s a simple request from a little girl. Something that takes a little time, a birthday card and a stamp.
In case you don’t click on the link. Below is the content and information for sending a card.
Lexys was a normal 5-year-old kindergartner when her life changed this past September.
Her family learned she has DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor which is cancerous. She was given 9-12 months to live.
Now, as she’s approaching the 8-month mark, her family writes that she is achy and the tumor is pressing on her eye, but she is looking forward to her sixth birthday which is just around the corner.
Her one wish is to have birthday cards sent to her. Her birthday is August 27.
If you would like to participate, please send to:
1536 May St.
Dearborn, MI 48124.