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June 8, 2014
Henry Kaufman Campgrounds
75 Colonial Springs Road
Wheatley Heights, NY 11798


Since day one, Cassidy has proven her resilience to the world. Cassidy has been full of strength from the day she was born, entering the world lifeless in respiratory distress. Despite her difficult start, Cassidy wound up thriving and doing well, meeting all her milestones. She blossomed into a sassy, spunky, beautiful, strong, thick headed, warm hearted, old soul, with a contagious laugh and a smile that can light up the room. 

Her father, Daniel and I thought our lives were collapsing right before our eyes they day we found out she was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor - stage IV cancer. Never in our wildest dreams did we think our kid would have CANCER. She was just four years old and had her whole life was ahead of her. 

Our daily routine was suddently turned upside down. If it wasn't for our family, our friends and our community giving us strength and standing by our sides, we McCarthy's wouldn't have been able to get through this as well as we did. As a parent watching a child become frail - just skin and bones - seeing the pain on her face, witnessing her hair fall out and having her go through things that I, as a parent, have never been through in my life, took a major toll on me.

Around our daughter we always remained calm and strong, thinking positive thoughts, but behind closed doors we were broken. Even with an army standing beside us, at times it was very scary. 

Our daughter never once stopped smiling. Through every round of chemo, IV medication, blood transfusion and hospital stay, she never once lost her smile or courage. Cassidy became our hero and, because of her and her incredible strength we knew we could conquer anything that came our way. The dark, scary journey we were on became bright and beautiful. Daniel and I learned to embrace every minute of it, not only for Cassidy but for our sons, Russell and Daniel Jr. 

Towards the end of Cassidy’s regimen with chemo, we thought it was best to put her back in school and even send her to camp. Even though Cassidy had proven her strength to us for nine months, she had become withdrawn, both from family and friends. Fortunately, her doctors cleared her to go to Sunrise Day Camp. Daniel and I are forever humbled that she was given the opportunity. For the first time in nine months, our daughter became a kid again. We saw her smile and spunk come back to life. Cassidy and her brother would come home every day and share their stories about how much fun they had. For us, it was an amazing experience to see both our children spread their wings and become beautiful butterflies. 

We McCarthy's want nothing more than to give back and help kids like Cassidy have a magical experience like our daughter and son had. Please walk with us and help us raise funds so that other kids with cancer and their siblings can just be kids and enjoy the pleasures and adventures that summer has to offer.
Thank you,
Jessica McCarthy (Cassidy’s Mom)