Keep Shining

Each year’s end brings a certain sense of sadness, hope, and reflection. It is always the hope we find ourselves clinging to at this time. It’s the start of something new. A fresh start has a large draw and appeal.

This year has had its ups and downs like any other. However, our collective family ups have been exciting to watch and to wonder about what will be next for us.

Community and a sense of love have driven us here on December 31. We held our two largest and most successful fundraisers with our 3rd annual golf outing and our 7th annual November gala. This year’s title was Magic for Medicine. Medicine can be magical when it works and dreadful when it does not.

This year, we watched a close friend beat cancer in her 30s. Strength, love, and the right medicine worked for her, and watching her work through cancer was remarkable to witness. Not everyone is that lucky. We also watched a child pass away before the age of two creating a devastating feeling to start December.

Support gets us through and helps us to persevere. This year, we have more family surrounding us and more friends who feel like family with their generosity and kindness. We see you and we are grateful beyond measure for you.

Whether the New Year’s start is hopeful or remorseful, in a few hours, hit the reset button and make it the best year possible.

Reflecting with Kelsey today, Kelsey’s mom was struck once more by her positivity and ability to always have just the right answer. Her mom said, “In case I forget to tell you before the night ends, I am so proud of you and all that you have done in 2022. Keep shining.”

Kelsey turned to her mom and said, “I shine because of you, and I am proud of you.”

Keep shining.

Here’s to hope, health, and love in 2023. #newviewforpan

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