Sunday, August 15, 2021

#ThankfulThursday: In Memory of Robert (Bob) Opdyke, Family Sent 100 Families To Retreat

Text from image above: My husband, Robert, and I  became involved with CCA, because of our now 45-year-old daughter, who was born with craniosynostosis and was a patient at CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia). A dear friend of mine, who worked at CHOP, held several events for the kids as well as attended the CCA Retreat each year. She asked us if we wanted to help assist families attend the Retreat, and we were  happy to help! The first time I attended a CCA Retreat, I was overwhelmed by all of the families present. I loved hearing about their unique experiences and challenges. I was able to see firsthand the impact on these kids, teens, adults, and their families. It was so important for all of us to be able to attend the Annual Family  Retreat. Over the last 20+ years, my husband and I have been blessed to send more than 100 families to the CCA Retreat! I'm so proud we were able to do this, because it is such an important event for the entire family! Sadly, my husband passed away in May of this year and we were all heartbroken. My family chose CCA as the suggested charitable donation in memory of Robert. It  warms our hearts to know that each donation honored the most generous, loving, kind man we have ever met. He would have been so touched and honored by all the contributions that were made by our family and friends, especially knowing how important this Retreat is to all of us! 

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