We’ve been given a free week’s vacation in the Outer Banks in May! A little back story might be appropriate here.
At the beginning of the year, one of my breast cancer friends posted some information about Little Pink Houses of Hope on Facebook. I was intrigued and looked into some details. Every year, they offer week-long retreats to women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families. According to their website, “[e]very beach retreat is designed to help families relax, reconnect and rejuvenate during the cancer journey.” All you have to do is fill out a retreat application, choose all the weeks you’re available/locations you can get to, and they’ll let you know if you get a spot.
StatsGuy and I talked over whether or not we should apply for one of the spots. We were a little torn, but decided to go for it. Last summer really wasn’t full of fun, and while we have good health insurance, there’s still a fair amount of out-of-pocket expenses associated with a cancer diagnosis, so all things considered, a free week-long vacation would be highly appreciated. So, I filled out the online form and promptly forgot about it. Therefore, I was completely surprised by the email I received yesterday from the Retreat Assignment Team. I thought at first it was spam! I’m really glad I opened the email before deleting it!
I’ve never been to the Outer Banks, but I love the ocean, so that was the location I was hoping for. We have to provide transportation to the location, but once we’re there, they provide everything. Breakfast and drinks are in the house, there’s a communal lunch and dinner, and then family activities before lunch and after dinner. The family activities vary (depending on what services have been donated that year), but range from hang-gliding to biking to massage to date night. Needless to say, the whole family is totally stoked about the vacation!