Mommy's Time Out Magazine August 2018 - Page 19

Wow. What a July! Scratch that. WHAT A SUMMER! We have had an amazing “off treatment” summer. We’ve vacationed as a family, Casey & I have vacationed as a couple, we’ve beached, pooled, staycationed & had a blast through all of it and we could not feel more thankful. I can’t believe it’s coming to an end as I literally feel like we’re just getting started! Summer is a blur until our annual Love McKinley golf tournament concludes as it’s our biggest event of the year and takes a ton of work leading up to it. That event took place July 13 & 14th and it was ABSOLUTELY amazing. The support we receive from friends (lots of whom are LWR mommas), family & just supporters is indescribable. Last year we raised $60,000 the tournament weekend. While we are still waiting on the official numbers we are estimating that we have raised around $85,000! How crazy is that?? And it couldn’t of happened without each and every one of you ❤️

We are enjoying these last few weeks of summer and I’m dreading the start of school. McKinley starts Kindergarten and is so excited to go to the same school as Brady however I’m super anxious about it. I know she’ll do great but leaving her for a long {almost} 7 hours seems so much!

Thank you for your continued prayers, thoughts and support. Without you we wouldn’t be able to support the local families that we have or give to Johns Hopkins All Childrens Hospital in the capacity that we’ve been able to. Love McKinley has made such an impact in such a short amount of time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤️

Xoxo,

Karen

McKinley is doing really great. She's loving school, LOVING dance & enjoying being off chemo meds. It really is amazing how much she's grown, how much she's developed & how much more personality she has since she's stopped chemo. All things are looking great which is wonderful news. We've been very busy with advocating & promoting childhood cancer awareness month & attending a lot of events. We did have one scare at this months appointment but all was confirmed negative with an ultrasound. Myself, a few other "cancer moms" & McKinleys oncologist were all concerned about a vein by where her port was placed especially since she had a clot in the past. But all was confirmed ok with a quick ultrasound (Thank God). I'm not sure I'll ever be able to take a deep breath but I do try too. We are praying for a Halloween at home this year (last year we spent 8 days in the hospital fighting a nasty virus over Halloween). And although the nurses & staff came by her hospital room to trick or treat, I'm actually looking forward to sweating & fighting bugs on Halloween night this year. It's the little things 😉 Thank You as always for keeping McKinley in your thoughts & prayers.

xoxox,

Karen

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