Soaking up the Good Stuff

Today was pretty magical. I hadn’t been down to The Melodies Center in quite a while. I accompanied Karen Patchell and Chloe, pet therapy dog extraordinaire, to be with Bella when she finished her last treatment. 

We ran into Rob Saba and Angie Silipigno, who both work incredibly hard for our kids. 

Bella saw us and ran down the hall giving us big hugs. I know Chloe is a big draw, but I like to think she was happy to see us as well!

Like the brave warrior that she is, Bella had her port accessed and received her chemo like she has been doing this for years. Well she has. Her parents, Nick and Nicole have done an incredible job of keeping Bella’s spirits high and filling her life with goodness and joy. 

Her grandparents were at this celebration as well as Dr. Gozman, the amazing nurses Holly and Rebecca, Angie our superb child life specialist and so many other staff who are just as excited and happy as her parents. 

That’s because we are all family. We never want a child to get cancer, but if they do then we pull them in and show them the love of a big extended and sometimes loud and crazy family!

We know how love heals all kinds of wounds and illnesses and pulls us out of the deepest despair. Well today love thrived in a children’s cancer clinic and Bella was healed. 

As if this day couldn’t get better, Bella was greeted by her pals, Regan and Lucas! At such a young age they know the power of connections. 

Finally Bella rang the end of treatment gong like she really meant it! It was powerful and heartwarming. 

Thank you to the Caruso family for sharing this precious moment with me and Karen. We are forever family. ❤️🎈🖤

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