I've mentioned this in a couple of post, but I haven't mentioned all the details on it. Some time back I posted the Team Briley Blog link on www.cancerkids.org. I really haven't thought much about it since then. It's a great website that you can read up on other kids with cancer. Bro. Terry with Richland Resources, an oil & gas exploration and production company, contacted us after finding Briley's story on the cancerkids website. Bro. Terry's boss, who is also a fellow Red Raider, has ask Terry to find a kid that they could help and to kick off the Hopewell foundation. Terry got in touch with Alicia and I by phone to discuss the possibility of a trip to a place Briley would like to visit. Although this company has done numerous charity work in the past, they have never done anything on an individual basis. This will be their first rodeo. Also, he is aware that Briley is eligible for the Make-A-Wish program. Terry mention that this may be a little less organize than Make-A-Wish and that he would have to "find" contacts to where ever Briley wanted to go.
We never gave their offer a second thought! I've mentioned several times before that I would like to give back in some way. I just didn't know how. Now I have found one way to give back! Yes, the company is giving this trip to us, but I would like to think that we'll be giving back to the future of this foundation in many ways. We have been very open in allowing Terry to be able to learn from us as being the face of pediatric cancer. Just has we've been very open to the COG research and surveys through various universities. I believe the more that the organizers of the foundation understand this life that we were forced to live, the better the foundation will be down the road for other kids. We are very excited to be a part of this!
Bro. Terry came to visit us yesterday at the RMH. He mentioned yesterday about the company picnic he was organizing for today. Alicia called earlier and said the Bro. Terry, wife, and son stopped by the RMH to drop off food and pies for anyone in the house to enjoy! It was wonderful that they thought of everyone in the house! I've heard the pies are just about gone already! And it sound like Briley was in a little better mood today also!
These are very good and sincere people. After talking to Bro. Terry yesterday about future programs they would like to start, I am honored that they have chosen us. We are very excited about this opportunity and it will definitely be a once in a lifetime trip for us.
Oh-yeah, where does Briley want to go? Disney World! We are looking forward to that day when our little princess is there drinking tea with a "real" princess! And just maybe me & Bryson can catch a real florida largemouth! There's one more surprise that we will probably never get to do again. The company will pick us up at the Seymour airport in their company jet! We are very thankful for this and that these great folks came into our lives. We have no idea as of right now when the trip will take place. Briley will first need to be in maintance chemo with approval from the doctor. We are thinking some time late fall at the earliest. Thank You Richalnd Resources!!