Annual Luau Party
|Our annual LUAU PARTY is very special to Angels Above because it is in memory of Kimberly Horman's birthday. This is always a very happy and fun party, which is how Kimberly lived her life.
To get into the Luau spirit, everyone was given a lei to wear and enjoyed a special lunch. The children were given bags and beach pails filled with colorful luau and summer items.
During the party, Angels Above was presented with a very generous check from Randa and Mike, who's daughter, Jessica, was being treated at MGHfC. We were definately touched by their kindness.
This was a wonderful day for the children and their families, and a very special day for Sue Horman who remembered her daughter in such a beautiful way.
Please visit our website to view the photos of the Luau.
BOUCHARD SISTERS SHOW THEIR SUPPORT!
Juliet and Yvonne Bouchard, sisters of MGHfC Child Life Specialist Anne Bouchard-Pizzano, are helping Angels Above in their own unique way.
Earlier this year, Juliet started a jewelry company called Juliet's Jewels and recently dedicated a line of jewelry to Angels Above. We will receive 30% of the profits from the items purchased from this line. When Juliet informed us about this in early August, many of the items had already sold out and she was working on adding more pieces. We were so happy to receive from her our first check from the sales of our dedicated jewelry line!
To purchase an item from the Angels Above line, or to view her entire collection, please visit her website at www.julietjewels.com
Yvonne, who works at Health Plans Inc. (a division of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), nominated Angels Above to receive a $500 Harvard Pilgrim Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant. We were thrilled to learn Yvonne's nomination of Angels Above was approved!
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care created their mini grant program to commemorate the first anniversary of September 11, 2001
through a special contribution to its Foundation. The Foundation administers this special fund and
distributes the Mini-Grants to non-profit organizations that employees of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Health
Plans Inc. and Dell Perot nominate. Since 2002, hundreds of Mini-Grants have been awarded to schools, social
service, and cultural and other community-based organizations.
In 2009, they distributed more than $370,000 in Mini-Grants throughout Maine, Massachusetts and
Angels Above will use this mini grant to sponsor our Holiday Party with Santa on December 16th!
We are grateful to Juliet and Yvonne for their support and dedication to helping the children.
|Be a Sponsor at our Halloween Party! |
|We host many parties throughout the year for the children and their families and we are in need of sponsors to help with the cost of the food.
For just $25 (or more!), you can become an "Angel Party Sponsor." Your name will be posted on the table and you'll receive a picture of the party. Please mark on your check "Angel Party Sponsor" and we will put your donation towards our next party.
We appreciate your support!
The hospital playrooms are always in need of the following NEW items:
Arts & Crafts
These items are always needed for family assistance:
Grocery Gift Cards
If you would like to donate, please call Sue at
A sincere thank you to all who have donated to Angels Above in memory of a loved one, in honor of a loved one, or just because.
We truly appreciate your support.
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Fall is just around the corner which means we are busy planning our 9th Annual Twilight Affair and Silent Auction.
I remember the day, years ago, when Sue first mentioned to me that we should have a yearly fundraiser and that it should be called The Twilight Affair. I had no idea how to plan a fundraiser, where to have it, or how to make it special enough for people to want to attend. Nine years later, I never imagined what it would become. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite evenings all year!
We are deeply touched by the support and generosity people have shown us over the years...from the vendors who have donated items for our silent auction, the amazing staff at the Pelham Inn, and to the wonderful people who attend each year. We are grateful beyond words.
If you've never attended the Twilight Affair, please join us for a wonderful evening that you won't forget. To all of you who have attended in the past, many thanks and we hope to see you again on November 4th.
A happy and beautiful Fall to all of you.
Mary Beth Brunelle
Charlotte and her friends!
submitted by Child Life Specialists Marilyn Gifford
and Jamie Rossi
No it's not Sea-Biscuit.....it's four year old Charlotte!
Charlotte is a delightful young girl who has been a chronic patient here on Ellison 17 since the beginning of the year. Throughout the course of her treatment, Charlotte and her family have developed a warm relationship with Angles Above, participating in special visits and holiday parties.
Charlotte has a deep passion and love for horses including Jenna, Foxglove, Spirit, Magic, and Banjo. When not hospitalized she enjoys riding and grooming her horse friends. During her hospitalizations, Charlotte's wonderful imagination, and the generosity of Angles Above, helped to create a familiar environment for Charlotte filled with play horses, artistic supplies, horse movies, and other toys. These materials were magical in Charlotte's eyes as she used them to transform her room into a "stable" here at Mass General. Charlotte washed her horses with love, groomed them with pride, and raced them with her indomitable spirit! Many Thanks Angles Above!
Eric Horman runs the Boston Marathon
By Sue Horman
(with Eric at Heartbreak Hill)
In April, my son Eric ran the Boston Marathon. I always wondered why someone would run that far, with so many people, and in any type of weather. Eric said it was something he always wanted to do. So his dream and desire started taking shape. He decided to run for MGH Pediatric Cancer. He then started training -running 5 miles, 10 and then 15 miles. His family, friends and co-workers all supported him and helped him to raise over $3,000 needed to enter the marathon. Coyle's Tavern in Dracut held a fundraiser to help raise money, which was a great night with family and friends.
As the excitement grew, the thought of can he do it was becoming a reality. He raised the money needed, his training was going well, and Eric was doing great. I, on the other hand, was feeling very anxious for him. Eric invited me to an MGH pre-marathon dinner gathering. As families thanked me for what Angels Above has done for them, I proudly introduced my son who was about to accomplish something meaningful and memorable.
The day of the marathon finally arrived. On this beautiful day, Eric, wearing number 25900, ran not only for Pediatric Cancer, but he also ran in memory of his sister, Kimberly. Family and friends scurrried to secure a spot on the route. At mile marker 20, the beginning of Heartbreak Hill, I saw my son. He stopped and hugged me and off he went to finish the last 6 miles. Eric finished the race in 3:57:34 hours. I was so proud of him.
Eric waves to his family and friends.
As I write this, I cry over the loss of my daughter Kimberly, and over the pain children and families with cancer must go through. But I also cry tears of joy because my son has accomplished a wonderful thing...helping children with cancer.
Lowell Restaurant Fundraiser on October 3rd
Every Sunday, The Village Smokehouse in Lowell chooses a local charity or community organization and offers a special deal where 20% of proceeds made from food sales will go towards the charity or community organization. Angels Above will be the featured charity on October 3rd. This is an exciting way to raise money and eat great food at the same time.
Here's how it works - a special coupon is provided for you to bring into The Village Smokehouse on October 3rd and MUST be presented to your server in order for Angels Above to receive the 20%. Please print out the coupon at the bottom of this newsletter, or stop by the Angels Above Store.
"I am so excited to be working with you. I have heard so many wonderful things about your organization and I look forward to helping you raise the most money possible", says Jennie Freedman who helps The Village Smokehouse with their charity program.
We are grateful to the everyone at The Village Smokehouse for extending this opportunity to Angels Above.
Mike Brings a Fighting Spirit to UFC
submitted by Child Life Specialists Sacha Field
and Anne Bouchard-Pizzano
With the help of many, 18 year-old, Mike Petrosino spent an evening at the TD Bank Garden enjoying his favorite pastime: watching the UFC, a form of mixed martial arts (MMA).
Mike, diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma four years ago, spent much of his teen years at MassGeneral Hospital for Children receiving chemo and radiation. To help pass the time, Mike would spend hours watching wrestling and MMA events in his hospital room. This past March, Mike was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, another type of bone cancer, and has since been undergoing treatment.
When Mike found out the big UFC event was coming to Boston, he expressed interest in going. This was particularly important to him because he had to miss numerous special activities this summer due to his treatment schedule. Through MANY generous donors and the help of Angels Above, Mike and two of his closest friends attended the event. According to Mike, "It was awesome, the seats were incredible. We stayed till the very end (1 a.m.) because the fights were so good!"
For one night, Mike was able to focus on something other than cancer and be a typical teenage boy. Although the UFC contenders spend countless hours practicing and working hard to ensure they are the best fighters possible, without a doubt there is no stronger or braver fighter than Mike himself!
9th Annual Twilight Affair and Silent Auction
Please join us on Thursday, November 4, 2010, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm for our annual fundraiser at Harris' Pelham Inn in Pelham, NH.
The evening will feature a slide show of the children, a silent auction, a $10/$20/$50 Raffle, holiday ornaments painted by the children, the Pelham Inn's famous turkey dinner, music by DJ Dave Pekarski, and lots of dancing!
Tickets are $65 each and we ask that they be paid for prior to the event. The tickets can be purchased 3 ways:
1. Using PayPal (go to our website and instructions are on the Home page).
2. By check (please mail to our P.O. Box address and mark Twilight Tickets in the memo section and we will mail them to you).
3. Stop by the Angels Above Store at 99 Mammoth Road, Lowell, MA.
If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, or help to sponsor one of the Patients and Families Tables, please follow the same procedure listed above (many thanks!).
This is a night not to be missed! If you have any questions, please contact Sue at the store or email Mary Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you there!