Last night, our family celebrated a very special person... Aunt Arlene. Four years ago, Aunt Arlene was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She put up a good fight, but about a month ago, her doctors advised against further treatments, instead suggesting a move to hospice care. At about the same time, her close family and friends began organizing a huge benefit to help defray the costs of treatment and other upcoming costs.
Well, it was quite a party! We estimated a possible 400 people turned out to support Aunt Arlene. She came and enjoyed the event for almost two hours! A string band performed just for her, and it was a sight to see!
Aunt Arlene also got to spend some time with her favorite kiddos. As a part of the Flanagan clan, you get used to kids being around. Aunt Arlene has always loved the being around the kids of the family, and even when she's feeling tired and kind of sick, she still enjoys being with them. At one point in my life, I was one of those kids, and now I have one of my own sitting on her lap.
I am so happy that Aunt Arlene was able to enjoy a wonderful time, and I am especially happy that she saw how special she is to so many people.
WE LOVE YOU!