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Valentine’s Blessings

Last night, the long-awaited Father/Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance was held in honor of Chloe Shiver, a precious five-year-old who has battled neuroblastoma for almost three years now.

(You may remember me writing about her before.  Chloe is the little girl in the pink.)


During her fierce battle against this insidious form of cancer, Chloe has run through a million dollar health insurance policy, and is now reliant on donations to pay for her remaining treatments which involve flying to Sloan Kettering in New York for costly treatments each month.

She desperately needs Sky Miles donations as well as other donations to help with her battle.  Please visit Pray For Chloe for more details if you are led to contribute.

One of the fascinating things about this whole experience was how God took a casual conversation over dinner sometime in December and turned it into an event that blessed an entire community.  There were so many other cancer survivors and cancer fighters in attendance, including sweet Maggie Jo, a dear two-year-old battling another rare form of cancer.


A grandfather, who has been given only weeks to live, danced with his two granddaughters.  So many cancer survivor stories and faith lessons were shared over the course of this evening where everyone lived in a moment of pure hope and joy.

I cannot explain the feeling of seeing 250 daughters and daddies dancing away all for the benefit of one little girl.  Something in the air was distinctly palatable.  It was unusual.  If you have had an experience like this, you know what I mean.


The tables were sprinkled with pink, read and white M & M’s, and Sue certainly enjoyed her share.  She even entered a “Daddy/Daughter Dance Contest,” and won a door prize.


She fell promptly asleep the moment she strapped in her Britax, and as I watched her clutching a balloon in one hand and a heart-shaped lollipop in the other, a poignant pressure on my heart told me, again, how God has reminded me to cherish each moment.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted on 14 February '09 by , under Faith is the Evidence.

12 Comments to “Valentine’s Blessings”

#1 Posted by Harriet (14.02.09 at 20:27 )

That’s so sweet!

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#2 Posted by hellokittiemama/MT (14.02.09 at 21:17 )

How adorable that is! I can’t wait for Belle to go to a daddy/daughter – I remember going as a child, wow my dad always was so happy to go!

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#3 Posted by autismfamily (15.02.09 at 01:40 )

Grat photos and I remember that post, nice turn out for this special event.

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#4 Posted by Stonefox (15.02.09 at 04:58 )

Elizabeth, thank you for what you are doing to support these families. Keep being a blessing.

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#5 Posted by Patty O. (16.02.09 at 00:08 )

Wow. I don’t really know what else to say. Again, thanks for the reminder to cherish our children and our time with them.

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#6 Posted by Helene (16.02.09 at 00:18 )

Once again, a beautifully written post!! What a wonderful event and a nice reminder to cherish the moments we are given!

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#7 Posted by Peanut (16.02.09 at 02:35 )

Awww… what a sweetie. She must have been so excited to spend this special time with her daddy!

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#9 Posted by mrsbear (16.02.09 at 17:57 )

What a lovely event, all the girls look beautiful and Chloe looks wonderful. I pray she continues to improve.

#10 Posted by Laura (16.02.09 at 21:53 )

What a precious little girl. Thank you for sharing her story.

#11 Posted by Kim (17.02.09 at 00:57 )

I am so glad it turned out so well
The pics are precious!

#12 Posted by Tess (17.02.09 at 09:21 )

Looks like you had fun!