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Bittersweet

Three days ago we arrived as virtual strangers, and now we are saying goodbye to wonderful friends.

There is no doubt everyone involved in this 2011 Disney Legacy Retreat, from staff and volunteers to family members, is leaving this weekend changed.  Tommy Booth said that the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat was perfect for his family: "I've never seen my mom smile this much."

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Another fun-filled day!

After another morning of productive group time gaining tools to navigate the challenges they face, families set off for the Disney parks with their park hopper passes.  Despite the crazy winter weather moving through the Southeast, we had another sunny day in Orlando  with highs in the 60's.

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Sunny Orlando

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It's a great day in Orlando Florida.  The sun is shining.  The temperatures are in the 70s. All of the families and volunteers are well-rested after a good night's sleep.

DSC_0257We met for breakfast this morning and then had a counseling session, followed by lunch at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.  The children had a wonderful time in their morning session and have already seemed to form some incredible friendships with the other children as well as the volunteers and staff.  There always seems to be a lot of noise coming from the children's sessions as they laugh and joke and play together.  All the while they are learning some major lessons in anger management, how to handle fears, hurts and frustrations, and communication skills.  It is difficult to describe the bonds that these children feel with one another as they share these unique and difficult circumstances.

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