My name is Jen. I have a contagiously funny husband, three awesomely gorgeous daughters, a knack for design, a love for writing, an obsession with kids fashion, a secret desire to be a photographer and a curfew of 10 pm. WHO'S WITH ME?
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We sat for Belle. Our weekend at La-Z-Boy.
It’s been a full week since the sit-a-thon and I am still in awe of our weekend.
What started as a simple message from Jake, the amazing manager at La-Z-Boy in Warwick, saying he saw my post on Facebook about our friend’s daughter who’d been diagnosed with leukemia and he wanted to help, turned into a jam-packed family-friendly 48-hour sit-a-thon weekend, filled with bloggers, community, kids, and incredibly supportive vendors and entertainers.
When Melissa announced on her Facebook page that she brought Belle to the doctor, thinking she had the stomach flu, and left the hospital shortly afterward with a diagnosis of cancer, it affected our community as a whole. All of her friends and family could feel every ounce of the fear, anger, sadness and anxiety in that moment with her. Melissa is a strong woman (literally) and while we all felt the Earth slightly shift below our feet when we found out, we also felt that overpowering moment of resistance, resilience, and ass-kicking that naturally came along with it. We knew we’d come together and band ties to help the Bradley family crusade through cancer and come out triumphant.
So when Jake reached out, I was not only blown away by the selfless notion, but excited at the thought of what we might possibly be able to accomplish. Our Rhody Bloggers for Good got in on the action and our sit-a-thon was born.
Working with La-Z-Boy was like working with Kevin Lee from Housewives of Beverly Hills (chi chi!). Organization was top-notch. No detail was left unturned. Connections were utilized for greatness. Staff was incredible. No blogger went hungry. (Seriously. Jake cooked a 400-course meal for us on Friday night alone. If he ever gets tired of furniture, he has a solid career in the food industry!)
And we “sat” (and slept) on their furniture. Needless to say, some of us had a hard time getting back up. I mean, is there really a better place to host a sit-a-thon?
The entire weekend was a testament to community love and how loud it speaks. People from all over came out to support Belle. It was a truly humbling experience, one that raised $10,000 for the Bradley family, to help rally against medical expenses they will endure over the next handful of years.
THANK YOU to everyone who supported this event. You’ve impacted a life and you are heroes. And a HUGE Thank You to La-Z-Boy. Your altruism is infectious and what you did for the Bradley family speaks volumes about your integrity, kindheartedness and mission as GOOD PEOPLE.
What a weekend.
(Hold your socks. There’s a lot of photos.)
The following gallery of photos are copywrite of CARLY ZEE PHOTOGRAPHY. (Well, except for the first 3 and last 4. Simply because I am inept at getting the gallery to work properly. But the rest are hers and they are wonderful.) Thank you, Carly Zee, for coming out to the event and taking pictures for us!