(Yep, so far behind in posting that I’m posting about September)
The last weekend in September was amazing. The weather was beyond gorgeous, and we were fortunate enough to have an action-packed weekend…and the best part is we were part of some pretty awesome fundraising while having a ton of fun.
That Saturday morning we attended a Badger Tailgate at Hausmann-Johnson in Madison. What was the tailgate for? It was for Kaden’s Wish – an inspiring boy who had a Make-A-Wish years ago and then made it his mission to pay it forward. Where do we come in? Well, our awesome Dawson was granted a Wish back in May! Dawson’s one true wish was to go to Disney World, the same place that Kaden went for his wish (more on D’s wish later).
We were invited to the tailgate because Dawson’s wish was going to be sponsored by Kaden. Kaden’s Wish partnered with Hausmann-Johnson to raise money for Make-A-Wish, and the turnout was phenomenal. By the end of the tailgate, they had raised enough money for Kaden to sponsor FIVE (5!!) wish trips. How cool is that?
They asked me to say a few words about Dawson’s story ahead of time, and I agreed to. I’m not sure what I was thinking – I certainly don’t mind speaking in front of a group – but I didn’t plan ANYTHING to say ahead of time. That’s not the best idea, for future reference. :)
David took a ton of photos while I speaking, even though I spoke for about 2 minutes. Turns out I have a lot of ridiculous facial expressions. Here’s my favorite:
You’re welcome. (Also, Dawson wasn’t nearly as unhappy in the photo as he looks. Honest.)
Kaden’s family was great. We had a few minutes to chat with them about Kaden’s wish trip. It’s obvious that it had a profound affect on their family, and we left feeling blessed and happy to have been included.
After our busy morning at the tailgate, we then loaded up the family and headed to Monroe for Green County Fall Nationals. This was our second year attending. Last year, Dawson was still relatively fresh from the hospital and exhausted. He fell asleep during the pull!
This year was a different end of the spectrum. He was wide awake, but unfortunately, it was HOT out. And we managed to forget both his hate AND sunglasses, so he was miserable. Luckily, he, Wes, and Parker were able to find some shade…under the trailer we were sitting on.
Eventually, David and I sent the boys home with Bob, Nikki, Parker, and my mom, and then we had some grown-up time with some good friends.
Sunday was another busy day, starting with Dawson’s wish party – the party where Dawson’s wish grantor’s (different than his wish sponsors) give a little party for his send-off. They brought gifts for Dawson and Wesley, including a Make-A-Wish shirt and backpack for D, and we enjoyed Sugar River Pizza (once they found out what D’s party was for, they not only came in early to make the pizzas, but also DONATED the food…and they are seriously my favorite pizza place!) and a Disney Planes cake.
Sunday afternoon was a birthday party for one of Dawson and Wesley’s friends. I do not know where Dawson and Wes found the energy for the party – it was at a gym, so they ran around for an hour and a half straight – but they had an absolute blast. And went to bed early that night. Whew.
I knew that before I wrote about Dawson’s Wish Trip (we went from Oct 7-13!), I wanted to get this post done, because it was important for me to recognize Make-A-Wish, Kaden’s Wish (Kaden, and the entire Stark family), Hausmann-Johnson, and Green County Fall Nationals. Because of all of their generosity at some point in the last year+, our family has had some pretty incredible experiences, and I just had to get it out there!
I’ll be back soon(ish) to update on our AMAZING trip!