To Be a Mommy…To Meet Minnie Mouse…To Get my “Tubbies” out…To Stay Cancer Free …To Spend Christmas at Home…… NEVER. GIVE. UP.
These are just a handful of the wishes that were made at the 5K Kids for Cancer “Wishes with Molly” Booth on September 21st, 2103. What we saw by the end of the day was such an inspiration. Clouds were hanging everywhere- adorned and collaged with the hopes and dreams of hundreds of children and adults alike. Hopes and dreams described in a simple wish, written on a cloud.
What is a simple wish to us? Well, let us tell you.
Isabella had three wishes.
- Beat Cancer
- Grow Hair
- Live My Dreams
Early on, in the planning stages for the 6th Annual event- we wanted to do something to make our race very personal. The race is personal to us- so why not share the love and make it that way for everyone? It does happen to fall in the month of September during Pediatric Cancer Awareness/ ACTION Month- so what better time – to see Isabella’s vision everywhere!
We started the #isf3wishes campaign early on in the year to help bring awareness to the simple things that kids experiencing cancer dream about. The simple things, that most of “us” take for granted. We make the decision each day, if we should wear our hair up in a ponytail, cut it short, color it, braid it, curl it…you name it.
Isabella just wanted it back. Even if it was only a few strands. Kind of stops you in your tracks, huh?
To continue her legacy, we asked for people around the world, to send in their 3 wishes for kids with cancer. We asked… we received….and we were blown away by the response we got. Each photo and wish that came along with it, was a little piece of Isabella’s heart…. that ultimately, melted ours.
We sat down with WBTV’s Molly Grantham late in the summer and asked if she would be interested in partnering with us for this special project. She does so many amazing things for our community and for people- that we knew she was the perfect person. We worked with her to spotlight children facing pediatric cancer, throughout the month of September to bring their voice and their wishes to the forefront.
Each child has his/her OWN STORY. Each child has his/her OWN DREAMS. And each child…has his/her OWN WISHES. Just like Isabella. So, how are they different? They are still here and fighting hard. These are the people WE are now fighting for in Isabella’s honor. She would want that. No Doubt.
You can see ALL of the stories that she featured on her Sept 30th FB post: https://www.facebook.com/WBTVMollyGrantham
We set up a “WISHES WITH MOLLY” booth the morning of the race and had hundreds of blank clouds for people to write their simple wishes on. By the end of the day it was such a beautiful sight! Clouds and clouds and clouds filled with hundreds of wishes were hanging everywhere. This meant Isabella was right there too!
A special thank you to Molly Grantham and to each person that made a wish. We are hoping they are all are fulfilled!