Sunday, February 15, 2009

Goldberg Reception

While I'm patiently awaiting the photos of our visit with the service dogs, I thought I would catch up on some older pictures that I never had the opportunity to post. These are from a reception we went to in October for a couple who issued a challenge on behalf of Children's National Medical Center. In an effort to raise a large amount of money for the hospital, the Goldbergs donated $25 million and challenged the board to match it. Unbelievably, they did!!! We were invited to take part in a reception to honor the Goldbergs and thank them for their amazingly generous donation. It was a privilege to be a part of such a special evening! The girls were asked to draw a picture depicting their dreams for the future.

Pics 1 & 2: Erin and daddy taking a moment to cheese for the camera. She was busy watching the pianist; she was absolutely fascinated.
Pic 3: Mommy and our beautiful girls!
Pic 4: Each of the girls got up on stage and spoke into the microphone to describe their dreams for the future. Taylor would like to be the fastest runner someday.
Pic 5: Jade said that she dreams of being a princess. As you can guess, everybody thought that was pretty cute!
Pic 6: Erin spoke about her dreams of walking one day. The room was very quiet, and there were more than a few tears. Many people came up to her afterward to assure her that she WILL walk someday.
Pic 7: Here are our beautiful girls with their pictures. They were very proud! And we were shocked at how well they did standing up on stage and speaking into the microphone.
Pic 8: This picture was taken with the Goldbergs and the two other girls who were asked to participate in the event. What a special evening!
Pic 9: Taylor is sitting with Dr. Holbrook, who is the Chief Medical Officer of Children's National Medical Center. The first time we met him, Erin and Jade were still conjoined, and we were at the hospital for a meeting with Ms. Jackie. Taylor was sitting on the floor blowing bubbles, and he got down on the floor with her in his suit and tie to blow bubbles with her. It's not often you see an executive sit on the floor with a two year old child to blow bubbles. He is a fantastic man, and he did not hesitate to get down on the floor with Taylor again for a hug and to take this picture. I think I have a picture of the first time as well. I'll have to look for it.


~Jewel said...

wonderful pictures and great story....

JoJo said...

omg Melissa, I got goosebumps when I saw Taylor's picture, and when I read what you wrote about their dreams for the future, I got tears in my eyes. You have got some amazing girls there! And they looked gorgeous in their dresses.

Wendy said...

Your blog is coming along so beautifully! And how could it not with such lovely young ladies to showcase!!! We love your girls!!
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