Saturday night, in my hometown, a benefit dinner was held in Theo’s honour. It was a four and a half hour drive for us Saturday morning with a return trip on Sunday. We were certainly nervous about the trip and it required a car full of supplies and equipment as well as the coordination of scheduled dressing changes and oxygen delivery but Theo did wonderful! He travelled really well and was quite comfortable during the event.
As Mark and I stood in front of the approximately 250 people who joined us in celebrating Theo and his courageous journey, I was reminded of two things: first, we are not (and never will be) facing this difficult journey alone and secondly, our community is comprised of amazingly selfless, and incredibly generous individuals.
The hall was filled to capacity with friends and family (some of whom had driven hours and flown across the country to be with us) my hometown church members, figure skating and high school friends, elementary school teachers, farming friends of my father’s, community members, and some individuals whom I met for the first time that evening but have been following Theo’s journey.
The time and effort that went into planning Theo’s benefit and the abundance of donated prizes from local businesses and individuals still leaves me speechless. I wish there was a way to adequately thank each and every person who helped organize the event and those who attended but I hope they know that we will be forever grateful for the love that was shown to Theo and our family that evening.
And, thank you to each individual who came over to meet our precious son. When you saw him for the first time, you saw a strong little warrior who has inspired our lives (and the lives of many others) and not just his terminal diagnosis.
On Saturday, I was wrapped in love in a way that a good hug lasts long after the individual has let go. I’m still feeling the supportive embrace; an embrace that will carry us through until the last day we share with Theo.
Today’s miracle was a wonderful night celebrating our courageous little boy and a community’s supportive embrace that will never fade.