I've entered my beard in the Fifth Annual Vermont Beardies contest to benefit Make-A-Wish Vermont! The top 25 fundraisers will be invited to the finals. Help me earn the coveted title of "Best Beard in Vermont" as I turn my whiskers into wishes!
All funds raised will go towards granting wishes for children fighting life-threatening illness here in Vermont.
Given my bearded brethren as compared to what I have and my late start, I wouldn't expect to win the contest. I'm partcipating because it's all about giving back to Make-A-Wish for the children and families that they serve.
Like others have shared, we too have been fortunate to have a wish granted to a famly member. Our story began in April 2018, when we received a call from our pediatrician that no parent wants to receive. We were told we needed to get our son to the ER as soon as soon as possible as his blood counts were dangerously low and needed a blood transfusion. He received four pints of blood the first night in the hospital, which would be the first of many. We would soon learn our son had acute lymphoblastic leukemia ("ALL"). The 3+ years of chemotherapy treatment will be coming to an end this August. We are certainly indebted to the care provided by Dr. Heather Bradeen and the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology team at UVM, the Vermont Children's Hospital Baird 5 nurses and staff, and the UVM Children's Specialty Center infusion bay nurses and staff.
We truly appreciate the great deeds of Make-A-Wish. It's a scary time for children and parents. Make-A-Wish is an escape...a time to dream...a time of calling the shots rather than receiving the shots!
Our son, Jonathan, was granted his wish in January 2020, to go to a Canadiens game. Once in Montreal, he would soon find out there were many surprises along the way, too many to mention here! Of course, Make-A-Wish went over the top with a private tour of the Bell Centre as well as viewing the game from box seats. There he was visited by a former team member and presented with a signed jersey. The dream did not end there, for the next day, our son was able to tour the Ferrari dealer in Montreal. It was an incredible experience; the staff at the dealership were wonderful. No, we were not able to bring one home, but it would have been hard to bring it across the border anyway :)
Thank you Make-A-Wish Vermont, Shawna Wakeham-Smith, and wish granters Rhonda Drake and Joe Larose. And thank you to anyone who supports Make-A-Wish through my funding page. I'll confess, though I've committed not to trim my beard throughout the fundraising campaign, I am looking forward to...buzzzzzzzz.