This weekend, we ventured to the Starlight Meadow, just outside Burlington, NC. We went to attend the inaugural Barn Bash, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
My sister-in-law and a couple of her lifelong friends organized the event in honor of her daughter - my niece - Caroline, who has cystic fibrosis (click on the link in Caroline's name to read about the day to day management of cysitic fibrosis - though Caroline now has a vest to administer her chest physical therapy).
It is so important for the CFF to receive donations because the CFF receives no federal dollars for research or development of a cure. $.90 of every dollar donated to the CFF goes to REASEARCH to develop therapies that help manage CF and hopefully will one day cure CF entirely.
The inaugural barn bash was so much fun, I can hardly wait until next year. There were about 85 people in attendance this weekend, and we're hoping this event will grow each year. It was a good old-fashioned good time, with the added (and most important!) benefit of raising money to save my niece's life.
The setting was just perfect - a gorgeous meadow filled with buttercups, a charming barn, and a sweet little gazebo just down the hill. And the weather could not have been better.
There was live music - bluegrass and funk,
and great food. And cake!
There were tons of activities for the kids:
a waterballoon toss,
and my brother (Caroline's father) had the idea to make kites and flags from sticks we found and fabric strips I had brought for the kids to use to make bracelets.
The best part of the evening was seeing Thea with her cousins.
Since Caroline has cystic fibrosis, it is especially important that she not be exposed to any germs or illnesses. Unfortunately, over the past year, someone in our family has been sick every time we've had a visit scheduled.
But these three connected just like no time had passed. Thea and Caroline spent a good part of the evening hand in hand.
I hope these two have lots of tomorrows. Every moment is precious.
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I hope your weekend was filled with a little bit of magic too.