There’s nothing like a carnival packed with rides, games, cotton candy, and fried dough to bring a smile to a child’s face. When you add in friends, old and new, then it’s a full out party. Thursday, May 30 was Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation’s annual Melodies Center Family Night at the Gillette Carnival in Halfmoon.
For the past four years, Nick’s Fight has been the recipient of the carnival’s generosity. For every night they are in this location, they donate a % of ticket sales to our foundation. In addition, they donate 50 wristbands for endless rides to our children and families who are battling pediatric cancer at The Melodies Center. The Gillette family provides an area for us to hand out bags for kids to carry their prizes in and raise awareness.
Moments like these are what provide the resilience and strength needed to help a family walk alongside a cancer diagnosis. I say walk alongside, because once your child is diagnosed with cancer the connections, fears, side effects, and life changes feel like they are always there. It’s like an endless marathon.
Events like these are precious, because the wonderful nurses from the clinic enjoy the children outside of treatment, and they get to visit Chloe the therapy dog, and Karen, the clinic yoga instructor, without all the sounds and distractions of treatment.
We truly believe that in addition to medicine, healing comes from having fun, being around people who lift you up and make you laugh, reducing stress, and creating a positive family environment. We can’t thank Betty and Jerry Gillette and the rest of the Gillette team for their generosity and support. Special thanks to Jim and Noreen Loiselle, who nominated our foundation for this event. We appreciate every volunteer who came out to help for the week. It takes a big family to heal our children.
Enjoy some photos of very happy faces!