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The Gift of Time

April 7, 2022

It’s November, a time to focus on gratitude! This month, we are spotlighting the impact our donors have on each individual who is touched by KWF. Whether you offer up your Bengals tickets or donate airline miles, make a $5 donation to our mission or open your vacation home to a  family who needs a break,  never underestimate the immeasurable value of your gift. Not only are you generously giving something tangible, but you are also providing our recipients with the ultimate present...the gift of time. No chemo, no bills and no cancer in sight, just that undeniable feeling when those Billy Joel tickets you received come with a 7 song encore by the Piano Man himself. Or that unrecognizable sense of peace that surrounds you as you enjoy your coffee overlooking the ocean while your kids play in the sand. It is time uninterrupted by cancer, time that would not be possible without the abundant generosity of givers like you.

We could tell you how much your kindness means to our recipients, but we will let them do that for us. Hear from some of our KWF ladies in the testimonials below.

-The KWF team

CATHY
“As we drive home today, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. These past few years have been so hard for our family. We didn’t realize how badly we needed this trip. For the first time in a while, we laughed, we had fun and we were filled with joy. My father recently passed away and before he died, I asked him what his favorite memories were. He said his favorite times were on our family vacations and time together. I’d like to think we made him (and Karen) proud this week because we had so much fun and made some lifelong memories.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! We will be forever grateful for this time we got to spend together.”-Cathy Huckeba (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 2021)

DAWN
“The fight against cancer and not knowing from one day to the next what's going to happen wreaks havoc on a person's life. Cancer just came in and took over our lives. We finally were able to let go of cancer and enjoy ourselves with our trip to Maui. We are so thankful to KWF and Dr. Victor Nicolas for his hospitality and lending his condo to us. It was so relaxing just to sit on the Lanai and watch the waves coming in off the ocean. Every day was a day of fun from hiking, touring the whole island by car, dipping my toes in waterfalls, to a beautiful sunset dinner cruise on the ocean.

Thank you to KWF and ‘Dr.Vic’ for all the wonderful memories that we will carry in our hearts forever.”
- Dawn Battistone (Maui Hawaii, 2021) ​

KATIE
I cannot thank KWF + Chuck and Molly Stewart enough for one of the best nights ever!! I love Billy Joel and getting to see such an amazing concert in the middle of my cancer treatment truly raised my spirits and made memories that will last a lifetime. I am so grateful for your generosity. This gift that included not only the Stewart’s tickets to the concert but gift cards and clothing and other fun items was not only for me but also for my husband and brother and sister in law who have been by my side. Getting to spend time with family and listening to amazing music during one of the toughest times of my life is something I will never forget and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
- Katie Hauck (Billy Joel Concert, 2021)

CYNTHIA
“Dear Hoffman’s,
This family vacation was gifted to us by the Karen Wellington Foundation and we are so blessed to have been here this week and enjoyed time as a family in this wonderful place. My name is Cynthia, I am 28 years old and I am a breast cancer survivor. This past year has been the hardest! God has different plans for us and his timing is perfect...so we just learn from the hard times and continue to receive His many blessings.
Thank you so much for donating your beautiful home. Our two boys LOVED it. May God continue to bless you.”
-The Avolos Family (Hilton Head Island, 2021)