I want to stop and take the time to thank you for being so selfless. I know that the path that has led you to where you are now in your life has been a long one. Daily life can take its toll on anyone but if you add a life threatening situation it puts it over the top. You found a positive side to the life you can now live and for that my family as well as many others are beyond grateful. When you reached out to me you asked me to send you a quote to sum up Zane’s Disney adventure. I have thought about it over the course of months since then and there are no words to describe the happiness you feel when you see the excitement and joy on your child’s face when they see something amazing. Staying at Give Kids the World is exactly what is says…They truly are giving kids the world. From the time you walk under the archway and enter,the pain of the daily life seems to stop existing. All the things that you feel you couldn’t do melt away. At Give Kids the World Zane never stopped smiling. For my husband and I that in its self makes all the tears and pain that we see and feel for him everyday all worth. You,Frank gave Zane happiness he will never forget in his life. You gave him the opportunity to fill his heart with love and something magical. Zane,along with his two sisters,one of which suffers from the same life threatening disorder as himself,enjoyed swimming and eating icecream as much as they could possibly tolerate. Zane’s most favorite thing is dinosaurs. On one of our fun filled days we were walking through the Jurassic Park themed park and a man came up to Zane and seen he wore a Give Kids the World badge. The told us to stay right there he had something special for Zane. When he returned he told us to follow him, he took us behind the exhibit and Zane found a surprise waiting for him! The man was holding a baby triceratops! It was moving and making noises! It was amazing! The look on Zane’s face was nothing I have ever seen. The amount of joy was so much for him, his eyes filled up with tears and he did not know what to say or do. I just stared at my son and enjoyed his happiness. There are no words for what you feel inside your heart. Baking Memories 4 Kids is more than an organization that sends families on a vacation for a break from reality. For me its a man that has seen pain first hand and has put love and dedication into something that changes lives. Frank, I could never give you back what you have given Zane and our family. Memories that we will have forever. Thank you for Baking Memories 4 Kids and your dedication.
A lot of people made this trip happen. It went so smoothly it was almost like magic. But the real magic is in the big hearts these people have. They didn’t sit and say “wouldn’t it be nice to do something”. They proactively came together and MADE things happen. From the cookies that were lovingly made with my child in mind to the gifts that magically appeared every day at the village. I don’t think there are enough words to express our families depth of gratitude for every nice thing that was done for us. Thank you seems so very inadequate. But everyone of you blessed us this past week in a very special way. I cried a lot (happy tears so all good!). The caring touched our hearts and made us feel very cherished. Read the full blog post
Hi Frank – I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful vacation that Baking Memories 4 Kids provided for my little boy Aidan, 5, and our family. Aidan was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on July 18th, 2012. Despite this diagnosis, we feel so blessed because our little boy continues to do very well. Aidan has been in remission since one month after his treatment began. This is great news, but as you know, dealing with cancer is all encompassing. Prior to you sending our family to Florida, we had not had a family vacation in over five years. Aidan’s continued good health inspires us, but every day we deal with the fear of the unknown. The vacation in Florida allowed our family to really focus on one another, and enjoy spending time together without thoughts of cancer and chemo, spinal taps and complications. Aidan went to Sea World and loved the dolphins. He saw Mickey and Minnie at Disney, and went on rides and played at Give Kids the World Village. In one week, you gave Aidan and our family memories that will last us a lifetime. I am struggling to find the right words to express how much this week meant to our family, because there just aren’t enough. Thank you, Frank, for your selflessness and kindness. Thank you for taking your own personal tragedy and refusing to be beaten. Thank you for all of the good that you have brought into the lives of children with life threatening illnesses. Your courage and kindness have been an inspiration to our whole family, and to all others who have been blessed to have crossed your path. You are proof that miracles do happen, every day, indeed.
Hello Frank: We would just like to thank you and your wonderful foundation for sending us on this AMAZING trip to Disney for our daughter Eva Grace!! It was an experience we will never forget!! I have enclosed a few pictures for you to use as you would like. This trip would not have been possible without the help and generosity from you guys. Eva Grace is now 32 months old and was diagnosed at 5 months old with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1. It is a genetic, neuromuscular disease which affects her inability to sit, stand, crawl or walk. It is the leading genetic killer of children under the age of 2. Eva is our miracle child and was not expected to live to see her first birthday. We spent 4 long months in the pediatric ICU and were basically told that she would never come home. Eva surprised everyone and ultimately ended up with a tracheostomy and a feeding tube. She lives dependent on a ventilator 24 hours a day and requires around the clock nursing. Our daughter Eva absolutely LOVES anything Disney, especially the princesses and fairies. She had the most amazing time on our trip which we never, ever thought she would live to see. Eva has an 8 year old brother Noah and we can’t even begin to explain to you just how much we enjoyed getting to experience the trip as a family. It was the most memorable time of our lives and it will forever be in our thoughts and hearts. We feel extremely honored to have been chosen by Baking Memories For Kids for making our dream come true!!
To my wonderful new forever friends Frank, your cousin Cynthia, to my daughter-in-law law Lori and all the dedicated volunteers who made this trip possible for my son’s family. A world of thanks to you! This vacation gift was exactly what was needed in a stress filled life in our world of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Just to see the smiles and joyful faces of my beautiful family was absolutely priceless. To feel the happiness in their hearts, so warming. Your giving and caring volunteerism is what you had hoped it would be and more…~You are all so beautiful. Thank you for your caring hearts, from our grateful hearts~
My heart is still singing from seeing the smiles on the faces of my family from the trip you sent them on. You may never fully realize what you have done for my kids. You have a beautiful, very loving soul and I am blessed to have met you. I hope one day our paths will cross again. I want you to know my prayers include you. I pray for you, that you will remain cancer free. So you may enjoy all good things in life Frank. God is all powerful and knowing and has a plan for your good health and happiness. Of this I am sure. My regards and warm wishes to your sweet cousin Cynthia. She has such a loving heart as well. Please let her know she is in my thoughts, thank you.
Take care of yourself ,enjoy the summer. Wishing you all God’s Blessing.
We want to say THANK YOU to baking Memories 4 Kids. The trip you provided our family changed our lives! For once in Wyatt’s life he got to feel like a normal boy. In the words of Wyatt “that was the best week of my life”. Thank you for giving us this experience!!!
We will forever be grateful!
I want to thank you for a memory of a lifetime. What you do for families like mine is such a wonderful positive thing. Making these kids feel special when they are facing challenges alot of people do not understand. It’s great you make awareness for these true heros. Frank, Christina, the people who help bake cookies and for those who purchase the cookies are gifts from god. You all will hold a special place in my heart. I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for Bailee. She will always remember this and it’s going to put her in positive spirits while she is undergoing treatment. I am so great full and will never be able to fully express my appreciation and gratitude for you guys. We have had a rocky roller-coaster along the way but you have gave my daughter the gift of a lifetime. Sharing your passion compassion and love to someone who is my hero. love you guys thanks a million you are all amazing thanks for making this possible. You guys are heaven sent my angels. Thanks so much.
I’ve been looking for the right words to express how grateful we are for u, the truth is there aren’t enough thank you’s in the world that i could give you. I thank God for you and ur cousin. ur hard work and generosity is a rare commodity that you just don’t see anymore. You both work endless hours, a labor of love to give to special children like my granddaughter bailee. You make a difference in this world and touch so many lives. I wish i could repay you for the love and kindness you have given us but i cant, there’s not enough money in the world. Today we witnessed 3 organizations that were so kind and giving of themselves, baking memories 4 kids, once upon a party and the leesburg fire department. I cant express enough how much this experience means to my granddaughter. May God bless you all.
This experience for Noah and our family from Baking Memories 4 Kids and the Yankees are streams of joy and peace after a long storm.