Dear Candlelighters of Brevard,
The Family Beach Retreat was exactly what our family needed to recharge and reflect on our journey of the past year and a half. As you know due to the nature of Grant’s treatment we really haven’t been able to participate in many COB events so we were so grateful and excited when we heard about the beach retreat. From the moment we checked in we received our welcome bag that was chock full of goodies for our fun weekend. Every aspect of our stay was covered, from our meals each morning, to the kindness of the guys who run the beach rentals. They made sure we had a shady umbrella and chairs right up front where we could enjoy the beach with a great view. For our family, this was the first time that our boys were able to play and enjoy the beach together. The fact that we were able to do so while staying oceanfront for the weekend make it so much more convenient and relaxing. While the beach and amenities were wonderful, what we will really take away from this weekend is the friendships and bonds that we forged. The time spent watching our children play together was so special. The weekend gave us the opportunity to talk about our journeys and share our stories with other families that can understand and relate to the battle your family has fought and continues to fight. It is so true that “Kids Can’t Fight Cancer Alone” and after leaving the Family Beach Retreat and hearing not only the stories of other families, but also the journey and triumph of the COB staff, we felt more than ever before that we are not alone. Thank you to everyone involved in putting this wonderful event together and we hope that future families take as much from this retreat as ours did.
The Gibbens Family
A special thanks and recognition to our donors and sponsors for making this much needed family retreat possible for these families.
Space Coast Education Center – Jody Stork, Cory Goldsmith, Emma Lewis, Sarah Batson, and Jessica Miller for pampering our families with a massage.
Doubletree Guest Suites, Melbourne Beach – Bari Stevenson, Mandy Black, Adrian Melendez, Martin, and all the wonderful staff for their outstanding hospitality.
Papagallo’s Restaurant, Satellite Beach – donating pizza and salad for our Friday night “meet and greet”.
Sand N Sea Beach Rentals – Thank you Warrick Smith for providing complimentary shady umbrella and chairs for the families.