Several months ago Luke and I were talking about the summer and he said, "I am NOT looking forward to my birthday." His 15th birthday was on 8/15/15, and it was terrible because he found out about the tumor in his leg on the day before. We would like to make his 16th birthday one to remember. Here are the details:
DATE: Thursday, August 18th
TIME: 5:30 - 10:00
LOCATION: Riverview REO Town Venue
FOOD: Heavy appetizers and desserts
FUN STUFF: Music, games, and time with Luke!
Here's the best part. For years our family has enjoyed the comedy of Brian Regan, and we have seen him live a number of times. He's hilarious. Per our request (via the Make a Wish foundation) Brian has agreed to come and perform live at Luke's birthday party! The party will be open house from 5:30 - 7:30, and then Brian will do his live comedy show beginning at 7:30. We would love for you to join us.
There are 300+ seats at the REO Town Venue. Currently about half of those are spoken for. If you are interested in a ticket, please take a moment (it'll be less than a minute) to submit a ticket request here so we can plan accordingly. Right now there's still plenty of space, so if you request tickets you'll probably get them.
One final detail. Luke is not looking for birthday gifts this year...honestly your presence will be the biggest gift you can bring for him. Luke has requested any gifts for his party be items we can donate to kids and families battling cancer over at DeVos Children's hospital. Our family has been blessed by the P.O.R.T. program at DeVos, and Luke would like to bless others in the same way. A list of potential items is included below, and we will donate any cash Luke receives to P.O.R.T. as well.
As always, our prayer remains the same. We can't stop, WON'T stop praying for God to heal our boy. (James 5:14-16)
James & Lu,
(for Sam, Jay, and Luke)
P.O.R.T. gift ideas:
1) P.O.R.T. Care Bags are canvas tote bags filled with a variety of personal care items and snacks, as well as a handmade quilt. These are usually given to families when their child is hospitalized or at the time of diagnosis. Items include:
•non perishable snack foods
•toys for kids of any age
•books for kids of any age
•coloring books with crayons / colored pencils
2) P.O.R.T.'s inpatient family snack pantry is available to all in-patient families. Located on 7-South, this pantry is stocked with snacks and quick meal items.
3) Phone/gas cards are available to qualifying families who commute from outside the Grand Rapids area, and gift cards are provided for birthday gifts and other special occasions. Ideas:
•pre paid phone cards