A family unlike any other

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Leticia Rivera
2017 VolunSTAR
June Sedona, AZ

This retreat was special in many ways. My family went to the Lake Tahoe retreat in 2015. This time around being a volunteer, to be on the giving side, was truly everything and more. This was my first one but also I was with my mom Lynnette Rivera. We have never done a trip together, and this trip together was extra special. I am thankful and honored that I was able to share this experience with my mom. I was able to open myself up to the adults about my life being affected by my mom’s cancer. Just to be present for them and to listen to them. I could easily relate to them, and be there for them. Seeing the adults and children blossom by the end of the week. I could not believe my eyes, all the kids bonded so quickly and the adults as well. This retreat felt like we were one big family from day one. And now we are forever and always.

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