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‘All She Knew Was She Was Having Fun’

Letters to the Editor | Wed, 08/13/2008 - 6:42 am | Updated 6 years 35 weeks ago | Read 1879 | Commented 1 | Emailed 7

By Bob and Danielle Regalbuto

To The Editor: Our daughter Jordan, 13, has been undergoing extensive chemotherapy for the past two and a half years since relapsing in December 2005. During this new treatment plan, much stronger than the previous one, Jordan developed Avascular Necrosis, a condition in which the bones, more specifically the joints deteriorate. This has greatly restricted her mobility, requiring the use of a motorized wheelchair. Recently some true friends of our family, John and Vicky Lynch, offered to take our Jordan to the boardwalk for a night of fun. John and Vicky are two of the most wonderful and special people that make our little town of Wildwood so wonderful to work and live. Originally from Georgia, John has developed into a true local. He knows everyone, and if you don't know him, you'll want to by the end of this letter. The Lynches took time out of their lives in the middle of the summer to spend with my daughter just to try and brighten her day. But this isn't just about the Lynches, they have friends too. John started the night as most locals would, with pizza at Sam's Pizza Palace. Jordan was welcomed as if she were a local celebrity, and even came home with a Sam's Pizza t-shirt. Yes I'm a little jealous because I don't have one and I lived here my whole life. John then contacted another friend, Geoff Rogers of Morey's Piers, who made arrangements to allow my daughter the opportunity to be a kid again and ride some rides. Morey's Piers provided their own escort, a young lady named Chris, we think who was from Czechoslovakia. Chris was an immediate hit with Jordan and escorted her to the front of every line, and even held up a couple to assist Jordan getting on and off. Chris even joined in on the fun and rode some rides as well. After several times on the swings, and Ferris wheel, and some more rides that few dared, but Jordan insisted, she had forgotten about the needles, the treatments, the surgeries — both previous and upcoming — as well as the constant pain. All she knew was that she was having fun. For that brief moment in time she wasn't a kid with cancer, she was just a kid. As if this wasn't enough, a few games of chance like the water pistol game, a bucket of Curley Fries, and a pair of tie-dyed, spray-painted, Italian sweetheart sweatpants were soon added to the night’s excitement. Nights of fun for a child undergoing cancer treatment are few and far between. And a night out for just my wife and I to enjoy a dinner are even fewer. So to all of our friends, John, Vicky, Tony, Anthony, Will and Jack, Geoff, Lee, Chris and the many others, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for showing a little girl that people care and that even though things aren't that great right now, we can still have a little fun and help forget our problems, even if just for a night. BOB AND DANIELLE REGALBUTO Court House

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Sun, 09/14/2008 - 1:28pm - Posted by: Anonymous

I cried when I read this. I haven't seen Jordan in a couple of years and I miss her. If you could just tell her I said hi and that I miss her a lot I'd be really happy. Thanks, Maggie Parson.

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