Our Stories

Believe In Tomorrow has proudly served critically ill children and their families for almost 40 years. The families, volunteers, and donors that make up the Believe In Tomorrow family are true examples of inspiration, dedication, and hope. Please enjoy our stories below:

Meet Abby!

After struggling with migraines, this sweet girl was diagnosed with an Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor. An extremely rare, aggressive, and fast-growing form of brain cancer. She has undergone brain surgery, many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, and has been through more in her 5 years than most people face in a lifetime.

What is truly remarkable about Abby, is her spirit and attitude. She never complains and is always looking for the next opportunity for a dance party! Abby asked her Mom to help make a video to thank everyone who gave her an amazing week at the beach. See her thank you video below…

Meet Ailani!

Ailani, her mom, and her dad were excited to take their first beach respite with Believe In Tomorrow, and we absolutely loved to see how much fun in the sun they were able to enjoy!

“Our family had the most amazing time this weekend. Ailani enjoyed every minute and was extremely excited about being on the beach. She hasn’t been to the beach since we moved from CA before she was diagnosed with cancer.”

Meet Zoey!

Look at this sweet face! Zoey had a blast on her trip to The House On Wisp Mountain last week. This brave girl had to go through physical therapy to learn to walk again and less than two years later, she’s more active than ever.

Zoey got to play mini golf, go on her first boat ride, make some fun arts and crafts at Deep Creek Pottery, and spend lots of time on the obstacle course at Wisp. She absolutely loved the zip line there!

Meet Gunnar!

Gunnar and his family enjoyed their time in Ocean City. They were able to have a much-needed respite from doctor’s appointments and treatment plans and simply enjoy being together as a family!

Meet Lincoln!

“Thank you so much for the amazing week at the ocean! We had a blast trying delicious food, playing in the ocean, exploring, mini golfing, boating, and the list goes on! It was a much needed week of fun and healing for our family. Words cannot describe how thankful we are and how much we appreciate what you do for families like ours. We also loved meeting and getting to know that other families that attended with us! Thank you from the bottom of hearts.”

Meet Elia!

Meet Elia!

We received the most heartwarming letter from one of our families who recently went on a respite trip to The Children’s House on Wisp Mountain and we wanted to share it with all of you! Elia, her big brother, and their Mom and Dad traveled from South Carolina to take their first respite trip with us! Here is what Elia’s Mom had to say about their trip:

“Elia was diagnosed at two years old with B-cell ALL. She spent the last three years battling cancer, isolated from the world. No steady school, no play dates, and certainly no family vacations. The only trips we took were forced by hurricane evacuations. In June she rang the bell, finished treatment, and had her port removed – but the pandemic still prevents her from experiencing life the way a now five-year-old should. But this past week, Believe In Tomorrow gifted us our first ever family vacation. For an entire week we played in the snow – something Elia had been begging to do since we had an unexpected snowfall in Charleston in 2017. We went skiing, tubing, built snowmen, and rode the mountain coaster. It all felt so blissfully “normal” and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Thank you so much, Believe In Tomorrow, these memories will last a lifetime.”

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