Meet the families who've experienced LESLIE'S WEEK
Renee Mundell, Edgewater, Maryland
STAGE 4 METASTATIC BREAST CANCER UNDERGOING THERAPY AT THE ANNE ARUNDEL BREAST CENTER, ANNAPOLIS, MD
SURVIVOR in 2014
We had a wonderful time at your cabin this summer. It was so quiet and relaxing! My favorite part was feeding the fish and teaching my son to play pool at the cabin. My parents joined us for the trip and it was a joy spending time with them. It was great going into town and taking advantage of all the attractions. Our 12 year old son had a blast go-carting and riding the sky flyer. The local food was great (The Old Mill Restaurant). We made a lot of memories together and I have the pictures to prove them.
Thank you very much for the opportunity to be the 2014 LESLIE'S WEEK recipient with my family and to experience your cabin in Shagbark and making wonderful memories.
Renee, Eric and Nick Mundell
Jena H. Harmon, Annapolis, Maryland
STAGE FOUR BREAST CANCER 2010, METASTASIZED TO BONE MARROW. UNDERGOING CLINICAL TRIALS AT JOHNS HOPKINS KIMMEL CANCER CENTER. RESPONDING WELL TO MAINTENANCE THERAPY.
SURVIVOR in 2013
I am a grandmother and have been dealing with Stage 4 breast cancer. Your vacation home was just what we all needed to take a break from the ordeal of cancer. Thank you for your generosity and for allowing me to bring my 4 lady friends on this wonderful trip. We loved your home and celebrated each morning in this beautiful place. We spent much of our time just relaxing in your home, by the pond, and in the hot tub. Bless you for this wonderful break from the realities of cancer.
Jena and her Bridge Friends
Heather Harris Winkler, Northern Virginia
STAGE 3 BREAST CANCER 2007, STAGE 4 INFLAMMATORY BREAST CANCER 2010. UNDERGOING CLINICAL TRIALS AT JOHNS HOPKINS, TUMORS SHRINKING AND BRAIN TUMORS DISAPPEARED.
SURVIVOR in 2012
Dear Sandra and Stephen,
Thank you most sincerely for a wonderful week. After all of the focus on cancer, it was so nice to do something normal with the girls.
We remembered Leslie. I was touched to be included on the wall near her photo. Thank you. When I was by myself, I knelt down next to the pond and said a prayer for her, and a beautiful purple butterfly landed right in front of me. On our last day, next to the pond, all of us said a family prayer of Thanksgiving, and included Leslie and you.
Sandra and Stephen, we loved your home, and had a wonderful time in the mountains. Since I felt ill last Saturday morning, we got a late start and then stopped 4 times, so we didn’t arrive at your home until after dark. We inadvertently went left on the Emerald Loop, and found the drive around to your house quite an adventure. We enjoyed it. Everything was perfect when we arrived, and Tiffany did a super job with the house and groceries. We were awakened at dawn every day by giant black birds running across the roof squawking then tapping on it. What kind of birds are those? They love your house. We also saw wild turkeys close by and a wonderful variety of butterflies. Per your suggestions, we went to the Smoky Mts. Nat. Park and took many photos; went to Dollywood and the Dixie Stampede, both were great. The walking in Dollywood about did me in, but the girls were so happy. We did the rides, saw a country music show, and visited the lovely chapel there. Also, we went to Ripley's Aquarium.
We are very grateful for the opportunity and the memories that the week provided. Thank you very much, Carol, for suggesting us. Thank you all so much for your efforts. I have attached a photo.
Heather and Family
Heather Harris Winkler - Succumbed to her Breast Cancer on February 22, 2013
HARRIS-WINKLER HEATHER VIOLA HARRIS-WINKLER On February 22, 2013, in the comfort of her home in Annandale, VA., at age 46. Cherished and beloved mother of Alexandra and Isabella, dearly loved wife of husband Steve. Her life was taken far too quickly, but not before she courageously fought six long years against breast cancer. Diagnosed soon after the birth of her youngest child, she assiduously sought every medical and lifestyle solution to manage the disease so that she could see her children through their formative years. Her driving passions were her children and family, international travel and a wondrous curiosity and enjoyment of world culture and lifestyle. She enjoyed the arts in every form, appreciated the subtleties of politics, and loved period movies. She was born in Alexandria, Virginia to loving parents, artist Millicent Rader Harris and Virginia Delegate Robert Edward Harris, and lived her entire life as a native Virginian. As a child and teen she was an accomplished figure skater, and medaled in national regional competitions. She earned a degree at Catholic University followed by a law degree at George Mason University. Her career was in legislative affairs, in her youth working as a legislative aide for her father, serving the needs of the disabled as a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council, and culminating as a political appointee in the Bush administration to the Administration on Aging. She is survived by her mother Millicent, best friend and sister Kathleen Huitema, Aunt Barbara York, Uncle Dick Rader, Uncle John Rader, Aunt Carolyn Franke, and many cousins, nephews, nieces, and in-law family members who all adored her. She was a member of St. Mathews United Methodist Church, Mamie Eisenhower Republican Women's Club, as well as the Virginia Federation of Republican Women where she served in multiple statewide roles. She enjoyed the friendship of too many to be named and the comradeship of the community of cancer fighters and survivors she embraced. Words do not sufficiently encompass how much she will be missed and how fondly she will be remembered. Her life celebration mass will be held on Wednesday February 27 at 11 a.m., at St. Matthews UMC in Annandale, VA.Matthews UMC in Annandale, VA.
Lynn Hutchinson, Eastern Shore, Maryland
STAGE FOUR BREAST CANCER. RESPONDING WELL TO JOHNS HOPKINS KIMMEL CANCER CENTER MAINTENANCE THERAPY.
“There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.”
SURVIVOR in 2011
We have not had chance to meet (via email or in person) but as Lynn's husband I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the use of Catch and Release. It was a very special vacation for us and just what the doctor ordered … some rest and relaxation. We felt very comfortable at your home. It gave me time to forget about work and spend time with Lynn and Helen. We enjoyed our day trips but we really looked forward to returning to the house to make a dinner and relax.
Your tribute to Leslie is very special. We are honored to be the first to share Leslie’s Week. The prognosis for Lynn is extremely good. We are blessed with the new discoveries in breast cancer every day and for being so close to Johns Hopkins. We hope and pray that someday this disease will be eradicated forever.
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