Wednesday, November 23, 2005

TALK ABOUT GRATITUDE...

Our 14-year old daughter, Molly (pictured here with her older sister, Abby), is an 18-month cancer survivor. A tumor of a very rare and aggressive cancer was removed from the base of her skull in May 2004. A second surgery removed surrounding tissue. No more cancer was found and no radiation or chemotherapy has been required. She has had periodic scans and check-ups; the latest (on Tuesday) was clear. Talk about gratitude...

NEVER MISSED A BEAT. Molly has never missed a beat. She played soccer competitively within a day of the surgeries. This fall, she started every varsity game as a freshman for her high school; she played a vital role in the team's run to the state semi-finals. Talk about gratitude...

MAKING A WISH. Molly's oncologist at St. Vincent Children's Hospital recommended her to the Indiana Children's Wish Fund, which grants wishes for children who have had life-threatening illnesses. Molly's wish: to travel with her family to New York City over Thanksgiving to see the Broadway musical "Wicked," attend the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and tour the sites of the Big Apple. So, the Hay family will be the guests of Indiana Children's Wish Fund in NYC for a few days in what will likely be the most unusual Thanksgiving we could ever imagine. Talk about gratitude...

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