Family Fun Day, June 9, 2024

DC Candlelighter’s hosted its annual Family Fun Day for 14 pediatric oncology families at Bull Run Regional Park on June 9th.  Despite an early rainstorm, kids on and off treatment, their siblings and parents enjoyed a picnic lunch, an ice cream social with all the fixings, carnival games, giant bubbles, Bingo, and raffles that included prizes for four lucky kids and a family “Ice Cream Party Basket”, with tons of goodies for a fun night at home. 

The party continued with gunny sack, hula hoop, and relay races, ending with a mega water blaster war, where everyone got wet!!!  Smiles and laughter all around as kids went after their parents with the water blasters and parents went after the kids. All the families went home with toys, gift cards, and smiles abound having made new friends and most importantly, getting a few hours of respite and feelings of normalcy from the rigors of treatment.

Thanks to our Board members, Balloons by Mike, and the many adult and teen volunteers from the Wildcats vs. Cancer and Gainesville High School Cancer Club for helping to make the party a smashing success.

Pictures can be found here.

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