Panama City, FL –
SANDESTIN, Fla. (WMBB) – More than 10,000 children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2021 according to the American Cancer Society and a charity helps families living with childhood cancer.
Lighthouse Family Retreat hosts dozens of beach retreats each year and now they celebrate some of those families in our own backyard.
Lighthouse aims to empower people living with childhood cancer and one way to do this is through their annual beach retreats.
“We’re here for a week for these families just to get away from the chaos of cancer and it’s been amazing,” said Jennifer Ward, Lighthouse partner and vice president of leader development.
Ward said it’s important for families to be able to reconnect, as she said a cancer diagnosis can impact a family in more than one way.
“For people, being able to get together and just have a little time to eat with their families is really, really important,” Ward said.
The charity group said it was only able to hold one retreat last year due to the pandemic, which is why they said this year was so important.
“So it’s very special this year to be able to come together,” said Ward. “We don’t take for granted what we’re capable of doing year after year like last year. So it had a huge impact, but it makes this year even more special. “
Wednesday’s event was the “Non-Birthday Party” where the kids got a chance to celebrate birthdays or other big milestones that Ward said they may have missed. While the kids were at the party, their parents were treated to a date night – something Ward said some of those parents hadn’t experienced in years.
Lighthouse is still looking for volunteers for this summer. If you are interested in getting involved, click here.
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