We did it - we fulfilled her wish, and scattered Katie's ashes at Camp Goodtimes West today.
David, Gregg and I took the ferry to the island and helped with camp set-up. More staff began to arrive in the afternoon, and the excitement was building. Tonight is the beginning of staff training, and it will continue tomorrow. I will go back again on Sunday, to help with registration when the campers arrive. It made me happy to be at camp today, to feel the love in the preparations, as everything is made ready for children with cancer, and those in remission (and their siblings) to have a wonderful week of fun.
Flowers from Paul & Heidi's garden.
There are many, many photographs of us scattering Katie's ashes. Here are a few of them, taken by our friend Ann Marie, who stayed on shore at the camp's beach to photograph this for us. Paul ("Mooselips") went with us in the double canoe, and took more photos. He will share the ones he took, soon.
I am profoundly grateful for Camp Goodtimes, because Katie had such a good time there that she asked us to scatter her ashes on the premises. And I'm profoundly grateful that the staff has been so supportive of our family's need to fulfill our promise to Katie, and has been patient until we were emotionally able to do so. It has been three years since we took David and Katie to Camp Goodtimes for their week of fun. It was a privilege to be able to help with camp set-up today, and then to have the space and time to honor Katie's desire. It feels good to have done this for her.
Thank you, American Cancer Society, and Camp Goodtimes West!