Monday, November 15, 2010

My last day in Disney World!

Our last day was both sad and happy and filled with so much fun. This morning we had breakfast and we exchanged our state pins with other champion kids. Then to all of our surprise we marched into a ball room full of all the sponsors of Children’s Hospitals. We marched into the ballroom in state order, so I was always first since I was Alabama. Anyway, hundreds of people were cheering for us as the song “We are the Champions” was playing and videos were shown of all of us kids. We felt so special. Afterwards, there were tables set up and each champion sat behind there table and autographed books for people as they came by to thank us for what we had done for Children’s Hospitals. It was the neatest thing ever! Tonight I attended a huge Gala formal event. It was absolutely amazing. This was a formal event that Delta Airlines sponsors thanking all the many sponsors that donate money to Children’s Hospitals. There were lots of doctors and important people there. I was recognized as the miracle child and everybody cheered for me when I came out on stage and gave me a standing ovation. I was on stage with Travis Stork from the Doctors tv show and he asked me lots of questions about when I was sick and how I managed to keep such a positive attitude with everything I’ve been through. Then, I got to meet Zach Carter and Josh Carter and we are now texting buddies. I told Mr. John Schneider that I wanted to be a cancer doctor. He arranged for me to have a doctor mentor. He was in the audience and his name is Dr. Bill Sears. He is an oncologist too! I am very excited. He got my e-mail address and gave me his and said that he would be in touch. Then, one last thing, was I met Gary Baker, who is a famous songwriter producer of the Backstreet Boys. He told me to come to his studio and he would like to help me make a CD. This day has brought so much excitement but at the same time I am so sad to leave everyone. I had to say goodbye to a lot of special people. I hope I will see them again real soon. And thanks to CMN and all the many wonderful sponsors that helped to make this trip so special for all of us Champion kids and their families!!

Lindsey and Dr. Bill Sears and his wife (the doctor who is going to mentor Lindsey)

Lindsey in her formal dress before the huge Gala event

Carter Twins (Zach & Josh)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Disney World: Day 3!

Oh my stars. I have had so much fun! First we got up and went back to Magic Kingdom. We went souvenir shopping there and it was great. I had so much fun. When we were leaving the park we got to see the parade. Also, there was a dance party and we all got to dance out on Main Street. When we came back to the hotel it was time for our Medal Ceremony. John Schneider from the Dukes of Hazard and Ms. America along with Walmart sponsors presented us with our medals. It was a really big celebration. Dr. Oz was our Keynote speaker They played a video of all the champions and everyone walked across the stage as everyone cheered for us. When I walked across the stage to get my medal I blew a kiss to the crowd. After the Medal Ceremony I got to meet Dr. Oz. He invited me on his show. Then I met the producer of the Back Street Boys Gary baker and also another producer of the backstreet boys Matt Johnson. They are both song writers. Then I got to meet Tiffany Thornton from the show Sonny with a Chance. Then I got to see Ms. America again. She is so sweet! Afterwards we all went to Down Town Disney and ate at the TRex Café It was such a fun day.

Lindsey with Gary Baker and Matt Johnson

Lindsey and Ms. America

Lindsey with other Champion friends

Friday, November 12, 2010

Disney World - Day 2

Happy Veterans Day. I want to thank all the military for what they have done for our country. Today we had a reunion breakfast with all the Champion children. It was great. The country singer Mark Wills and Ms. America was there. We also had a surprise visit from John Schneider (Bo from the Dukes of Hazzard). After that, I was interviewed by Fox News. My parents and I, along with some friends of mine from Nevada, went to Magic Kingdom. It is such a magical place! I saw Mickey, Minnie, Pluto. Donald, and Goofy. I rode on Space Mountain and lots of other rides. Then we came back to the hotel and we had a pool party. We went to downtown Disney and ate at the Rain Forest Cafe. Today was filled with fun and excitement. I really had a fun day!

Lindsey and John Schneider

Lindsey and Mark Wills

Lindsey and Tiffany of Fox News after Lindsey’s interview.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Disney World - Day 1

Hi everyone! Yesterday was our first day at Disney and it was awesome. When we arrived at the Huntsville Airport Security escorted us right on through. Our flight was delayed and mom was worried that we would miss our connection in Atlanta but it all worked out. We had a 30 minute flight from Huntsville to Atlanta. We ran into lots of other Champion families and ended up on the plane with them. The flight from Atlanta to Orlando seemed like centuries. Finally, we made it and CMN (Children's Miracle Network) welcomed us and escorted us to a bus called the Magical Express. Once we arrived at the hotel we met up with other Champions. It is like one big reunion. Our hotel is great! A monorail runs through our hotel to the parks. We watched the fireworks and the parade from our balcony. Who knows what will be in store for tomorrow. I’m so excited. Stay tuned!