Part One: Zo-Zo and the Magical Christmas
Matthew and I arrived into Nashville on Wednesday December 21st. When we got to Stephen and Jacklyn's house we found a happy and energetic Zoe. She immediately hugged me and then took Matt away to play. She had Matt read her an amazing children's book that explained her cancer. It was just as much for him as for her. It was almost her way of saying, "This is what is happening to me and it's ok." I have never thought about such a book existing until Zoe's diagnosis. It amazes me! Children are so smart!
Thursday morning Matt and Zoe made pancakes for the family.
On Friday morning we had a quick breakfast and we all rushed to get ready. Zoe and her story had been given to Clarksville Athletic Club, a local gym owned and operated by Nathan and Dawn Deer. They were giving Zoe and two other children a Christmas to remember. Clarksville, TN is right by Fort Campbell, KY, home of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) which is Stephen's unit. The athletic club wanted to honor the families of those who serve.
Santa made an appearance!
Zoe had a magical Christmas and it wasn't even Christmas Day yet. Matt and I had canceled our plans to visit Vanderbilt because of this special day. We didn't want to miss it and we were informed that our access to the Children's Hospital would be greatly limited. We would not be allowed in the area where the Christmas "shopping" would take place. With 200 hats and several scarves and blankets in the safe hands of volunteer services we decided to stayed in Clarksville with Zo. As I said though, it wasn't even Christmas day yet and Friday night brought a change of plans.
If you would like to help make Christmas magic for children next year contact me or Dawn.
Clarskville Athletic Club , Office Manager
220 Dunlop Lane
Clarksville, TN 37040
fax (931) 551-3699
Also, wanted to say sorry for the tardiness of this post. I am in Idaho doing a play. We just opened and I will have more free time to share in the coming days.
More to come...