Monday, August 24, 2009

9.18.08 - Delivering Dylan's Gifts

On September 18, 2006, our son & brother, Dylan passed away. Dylan's passing was so tragic, not only because he was 6 days old at the time, but also because the cause of his death was due to a hospital acquired respiratory infection that went undiagnosed and thus untreated at his birth hospital (different than Christ or Hope Children's Hospital). At the time of Dylan's death, many people used the analogy that the impact of Dylan's brief life was like throwing a pebble into a pond. Now 2 years later... none of us, not Hannah or Riley who were so persistent to give books & toys to children in the Hospital, nor we as the guardians of these three great children, could have EVER imagined being witness to this AMAZING event.

Delivery happened so quickly... but in the flurry of excitement, you couldn't help noticing that Hannah did not want to loose sight of a special bag -- the very 1st of Dylan's Gifts that would be given by the girls to a special patient.
Hannah and Riley came with some questions that were answered from some very special people from the Child Life Department.
After answering all the questions, Lisa showed Hannah and Riley into the Pediatric Out-Patient Oncology clinic where they were able to share smiles with other children and then shown the "Treasure Chest" where some of Dylan's Gifts could be used.
Dylan's Gifts 2008!!! What an amazing sight it was to see nearly 900 books and toys altogether (and how powerful to imagine how many children will be impacted with all these things)!
Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make Dylan's Gifts 2008 to be a dream come true! We know that we were able to witness something so incredible on this special day, because of all the support Hannah and Riley received from family, friends and countless strangers!

Sometimes "Thank You" just doesn't seem enough, so we wish to leave you all with the smiles from two very happy little girls with big hearts!!!

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