CKMC met 4 year old Henry who was diagnosed with an inoperable brainstem Glioma. Henry was referred to CKMC by our partner, Journey Care, in April 2013. Since Henry loves to swim and the family needed some “together time” to relax and enjoy each other’s company, we decided to send them all to the Wisconsin Dells for three nights and four days. Prior to their trip, cancer kiss my cooley wanted to do something special for Henry and his sister, by buying a bunch of their favorite toys! CKMC Director who assisted with the Kiss of HOPE, Michelle Domino, stated “I want it to look like Christmas when they walk into that hotel room!”

Henry’s Kiss of HOPE trip began with a rental minivan (to haul all of their toys back to Illinois and some spending money for food and gas for the family. Upon their arrival to the Wilderness Hotel and Resort in the Wisconsin Dells, there were surprises in the room for the whole family! CKMC included some restaurant gift cards, water toys, beach towels, snacks, and of course the many toys for Henry and Arianna. We even included a bouquet of flowers for Mom and Grandma since they were enjoying their Kiss of HOPE over the Mother’s Day weekend.

CKMC received this message from Henry’s mom; “We had such an awesome time, thank you! The kids thought it was Christmas when they saw all their gifts. And the flowers and mother’s day cards were so thoughtful! It was the best Mother’s day ever!” Our mission was accomplished; Henry and his sister loved their gifts, and we made smiles and wonderful memories for the whole family!

To learn more about Henry and his story you can visit his fan page on facebook by clicking here.