Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Destination NYC... Make A Wish

As I said in the last post, any kid under the age of 18 that is diagnosed with cancer is eligible for a Make A Wish.

The process started in the hospital, letting Hannah know that she could have a Make A Wish.  That was before all the bad chemo and drugs hit.  So a moment of excitement went to not even a thought over the next 30 days. 

Once Hannah came home after her first hospital visit, we were visited by two Make A Wish reps, Raheem, and Erica.  Both of them are volunteers, and put so much time in that it is really wonderful and amazing, their passion for helping grant wishes is amazing.

After much thought, Hannah said that she wanted to see the Broadway show, "Anything Goes" and to meet the lead, Sutton Foster (Google her).

Hannah had followed Sutton's work for awhile, saw her in the show in the Spring, and had a role in a local production of the play when she was diagnosed.

Needless to say, she was unable to perform in the play, and one of the very worst nights in her first hospital stay was when she wanted so badly to see the play.  Tough night.

Over the next several months, Hannah battled, while Raheem and Erica worked to grant her wish.  Honestly, with the holiday's and trying to get Hannah home in time for them, we did not think much about the wish.

After Hannah's second hospital stay, we were told the wish would happen and when it would happen.  When dealing with a wish that involves meeting a "celebrity", schedules have to be very flexible to make the wish happen.

So this last weekend, we went off to NYC to meet Sutton Foster.

It was an incredible trip, with lots of photos to follow.

Being picked up by driver "Mogi", and riding to the airport in a stretch Excursion Limo. Sarah is missing from this picture and the trip because of work conflicts - we missed having her along.

Walking to dinner on Friday evening we see that one of the greatest guitar players in the world (in my personal opinion) is playing.  Phil Keaggy (Google him).

Friday's dinner destination, Shake Shack, OMG.

Meeting friends and shopping after dinner on Friday

 Good morning NYC Saturday morning.

Hanging out at Grand Central Station before the show on Saturday
Another Limo, We must be important.

Meeting Sutton Foster after, the show.  Her first Make a Wish.  She was great!! This was her last weekend of Anything Goes before she is off to Hollywood to be a part of a new series, we were told that she may only be able to spend 5 to 10 minutes with Hannah, well, she spent 45+ minutes with her/us and was so amazing and gracious - we could not have asked for more. Truly a wonderful experience.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Central Park Sunday

The trip was amazing.  The Make A Wish team did an incredible job and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Cobley's Take Manhattan

It has been quite awhile since the last update, so time to bring everyone up to speed.

First, Hannah's health.  She is great!!!  Her numbers are very good, and she is getting stronger everyday.  She is now having to deal with a little boredom, however she is babysitting more, and has actually started working back at church.

Mentally she is doing great, it's as if she has said, "OK, cancer is done, lets move on!"

This weekend is going to be very exciting!  Hannah's Make A Wish has been granted, and we will experience it this weekend.  Just to clarify, anyone under the age of 18 that has a diagnosis of cancer is eligible for a Make A Wish.  It does not have to be terminal cancer, just cancer.  So with that, we are headed to New York.

As many of  you know, Hannah LOVES Broadway shows, and that is her wish.  Sharon, Jessie, Hannah and I (unfortunately, Sarah can not go due to work obligations) will be leaving for New York.  I am the only one of the four of us that has never been to New York, so I will be the ultimate tourist.

We are staying at the Grand Hyatt on Park Avenue in midtown, which looks wonderful and very fancy.  We have 2 scheduled events.  On Saturday, we will be seeing "Anything Goes" and afterwards we will be meeting the star of the show Sutton Foster.

Sunday, we will be going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Between those two events, we will be taking in as much as NYC has to offer before we head back home Monday night.  Personally I am really looking forward to a New York deli style pastrami sandwich.

We will post pictures throughout the weekend.

Thanks again for your continued prayer and support.