The Path to Conquering Childhood Cancer

Troy has teamed up with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money for childhood cancer research! He is shaving his head with Mayor Mike Waid & The Parker Police Department on April 29th, 2017. He has set a goal of $500 to be donated. As of today, he is officially halfway there! WOO! If donating is something you are interested in, please click on the link below! Every dollar helps! 🙂

Troy Brienzo – A St. Baldrick’s Participant

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When Troy came to me with the idea of shaving his head, I was quite surprised. If you know him, you most likely know that he LOVES his hair. Sometimes he takes longer than I do to style it–NOT KIDDING. He always has to have a specific kind of gel–he refuses to use anything but his normal product, and he takes longer showers than I do because he scrubs his hair for so long. Lol!

I wasn’t sure at first if he would follow through, but little did I know, he was completely serious. He signed up and posted the link that day. People started donating right away. It is refreshing to see how kind and giving people are in this world, especially when it supports this cause. I am so proud of him for being so selfless! ….I may also be really excited to see what he looks like with no hair–I can get a sneak peak of what to expect when he loses it all as we get old…. 😉

Since we are talking about ways to get closer to conquering childhood cancer, I wanted to talk about another foundation that is near and dear to my heart.

Brent's place

“A safe, clean and supportive place to heal.”

“Brent’s Place is the only Children’s Hospital Colorado approved Safe-Clean housing facility for immune compromised patients and their families, providing a living environment that is essential to healing and recovery.”

Troy and I try and volunteer at Brent’s Place as much as possible. Sadly, with our recent busy schedules, we haven’t been able to for a while. I started volunteering at Brent’s in high school. As a volunteer, you help with things such as: cooking dinners for families in the home, hosting game nights, craft nights, & even movie nights. If you can’t tell, this place holds a very special place in my heart.

Last year, for our two year dating anniversary, Troy and I could not decide on what to do. We didn’t have a specific need or want to go anywhere for dinner. We didn’t feel like dressing up and going out just to sit in a loud restaurant with lots of people… Eventually, we decided to host a craft night at Brent’s Place instead of going to some fancy dinner! Since we officially started dating on December 22nd, we planned to go around that time. We helped the kiddos make ornaments for their Christmas trees as well as little gifts for their family members.

A lot of the children that join us during these activities are the siblings of those battling cancer. If the little ones that are undergoing treatment feel up to it, they will join us too. Our goal is to sort of act as a distraction from the world of doctor’s and medicine that they are constantly around. The smiles on their faces when you start talking to them is absolutely priceless. If you can give them just a few extra minutes of happiness after a day that may have been filled with sadness and/or stress, you will feel on top of the world.

Sometimes I think we forget how good we have it. There are little ones fighting for their lives every single day. I catch myself complaining about silly things like having to scrape the ice off of my windshield when it snows, or having to clean the house when it is my only day off. When volunteering, I am constantly reminded that there is always someone going through a lot more than me. We all have our moments when we feel like the world is crashing down and that is okay. This doesn’t make our feelings any less important, but it does act as a good reminder that it could be worse. It’s important that we make sure not to take any moment we are given here on this earth for granted.

The best part of the whole volunteer experience is realizing how much of an impact the kiddos have on you. They are the true light– their presence is so inviting and courageous. You will feel blessed to spend time with them and want to thank them for making YOU smile. You feel a certain type of joy talking, laughing, & playing with them that you can’t get anywhere else.

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The picture above is from our last time there. We are hoping to make this a tradition for our wedding anniversary now that we are married! I am so excited I can’t even stand it!

Although Troy and I haven’t been able to volunteer together at the actual home in a while, I was able to volunteer as Elsa at their annual Kid’s Cure for Cancer Fun Walk this year. Wands and Wishes Occasions was kind enough to let me use the costume all day for the event. It was an absolute blast! We sang songs, played games, and cheered for those walking. I hope to be a part of it again this year!

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Brent’s Place is always looking for volunteers, donations of any type, as well as support. Here is their website if you are interested in helping make a difference: http://www.brentsplace.org/

Thanks for reading lovelies! Until next time. 🙂

-Shelby

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