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A Special Weekend for a Special Girl

A Special Weekend for a Special Girl

Posted By: Ashley Thompson, Director of Michael's Way
Date: June 21, 2017
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After our golf outing ended in the Fall, a participant said that he won a trip in the auction and he asked if Michael’s Way would identify a family who would be able to enjoy it. We just love when this happens because it’s as close to being Santa Claus as we’re going to get!

So, we spoke with social workers to connect us to an Oncology family that would enjoy this weekend getaway. The trip included a two night stay at the Mohegan Sun, two dinner certificates and four tickets to the June 11th NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway.

Savannah is a 13 year old from Lancaster and relatively new to Pennsylvania, as her family recently moved from Kansas City. Savannah was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) and is being treated at CHOP. She recently had a birthday and was planning on celebrating at a Carnival near home but she got sick. So, this was the perfect opportunity for her and her family to celebrate with the weekend away.

We heard from her mother, Stephanie, after their trip. She told us that Savannah had a blast! Her favorite part of the resort was watching the horses run around the track and eating at Johnny Rockets. They also went swimming and walked around town. Savannah bought a new stuffed penguin that she could bring to the hospital. At Pocono Raceway, Savannah and her sister got to eat plenty of ice cream and watch Danica Patrick race.

This was the first family trip since Savannah was diagnosed over 9 months ago. We are grateful to those very special people that give back to Michael’s Way and make events like this happen. Thank you to the W Family for treating Savannah and her family to a well deserved trip!




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