Carnival of Courage Brings Fun & Joy

Months and weeks of planning and preparation all led towards one day, July 14, 2012.  The day 21 families who have children with the rare disease of MPS met together to celebrate life and enjoy one another.

The Carnival of Courage is designed to give MPS children and their families a wonderful day of encouragement and love.  We understand the toll the disease takes on the child…and the family.

This year, 21 children affected by MPS with family members attended and the total attendance fell close to 200. Quite the party!

A wonderful lunch of ChicFilA was enjoyed, along with an entire buffet of sides and desserts brought by the families to share together. Each family introduced their child, the type of MPS by which they are affected, family members present, and how many years they’ve attended the gathering.  Carnival games were played and prizes were chosen. Cotton candy and root beer floats were deliciously consumed. :)

A professional photographer volunteered her time to take a family photo of each family and a group picture, as well as many others. A caricature artist drew his heart out for 2 hours straight, capturing many great memories.

No party is complete without a massage therapist on hand to massage away neck and shoulder aches!

Canines for Companions were present again this year with five dogs petted and loved on by all the children. (ok, except for one of mine who was afraid and stayed in the kitchen. ;0) )

Truly a day of encouragement and fun, we are very thankful for the grant provided by the National MPS Society to assist in the cost of this monumental day.

Many thanks to the following donors:

Bill & Sharon Glasscock of Laurel Creek Hardwoods

Kevin & Stefani Harris of Tuttle Crossing ChickFilA

Northwest Bible Church

What’s in the Bible?

Tommy Nelson

The Chuppies

Author Tricia Goyer

Liz Flurry, Thirty-One Gifts Consultant

Deirdre Haman, Mary Kay Consultant

Diane Hartman, Massage Therapist

Kari MacKeverican, Photographer

Marty Marlatt & friends, Canines for Companions

Chris & Lou Slavik

Barb & Flossie Pryor

Ronee Burnside

Event Assistants:

Rich & Deirdre Haman & family

Jack Willer

Stacy Williams

The Perrine sisters & crew

My husband, Matt and awesome helpers, Tiffany, Michael, Tristina & Samuel

Zach Hayter

Jake Maynard

God is good and His provision was evident in multiple ways through this event. Can’t wait to share more stories with you, but for now, soak up the thought that life is a gift and we must remember to enjoy each day to the fullest!