Sunday, May 8, 2011

Project 1-2-3: Day 8 - The Moms

Note: Starting May 1st and continuing for the 123 days leading up to the start of the 2011 college football season, "Project 1-2-3" will share pictures, videos and memorable moments from the last nine years of Special Spectators game day events.

On Mother's Day 2011, we honor the amazing women we've met over the last nine years and all the moms with seriously ill children. They are truly remarkable and gracefully manage a dizzying list or responsibilities. They drive for hours and travel many miles, sometimes more than once a week, for their child's treatment. They spend sleepless nights endlessly researching illnesses, doctors, hospitals and medications. Moms quickly become part-time doctors and pharmacists. They tackle mountains of bills and insurance forms. Doing all this while working, cooking, getting kids to school, shopping, helping with homework and ensuring their other kids don't feel neglected. To them we say a big, "Happy Mother's Day!"

We also want to share with you some very nice comments moms said about Special Spectators. Here are a few:

"Thank you so much for making this day so amazing for my daughter, Olivia! I know she will never forget this day and how amazing it was!" J.H. Mother

"This was really great. Other than holidays and birthdays, Saturday's game was the first time we've been out as a family in the last three years" L.R. - Mother

"My son has suffered so and I have cried a million tears, but the joy that you gave these children with Special Spectators will take away some to those sad times. We lay at night talking about the roar the crowd made for those four little heroes who stood on that OU field. Brian’s eyes light up when he tells others about the limo ride and all the special things that happened that night. To those who made it happen, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the joy you brought to these kids who so deserve it." E.B. - Mother

"I wanted you to know what an incredible time he (and his dad) had! He called me every 30 minutes and started our conversation with, “Mom, you aren’t going to believe this!” He had such a great time. Thank you for giving him the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only did Tanner love meeting the coach and the players, he loved the cheerleaders, the sounds, the colors, the whole thing.

Again thank you. What you are doing for these kids will not only give them lasting memories, but boost their self esteem. Tanner loved showing his classmates his memorabilia and pictures. And what an opportunity to be seen on TV."
P.J. - Mother