Dawson's Circle of Hope Blog

Happy Birthday!

September 10, 2017

Dear Dawson, Happy 18th Birthday in Heaven, my sweet boy!  I miss you so much.  I have spent every single one of your birthdays with you.  Even when you entered the gates of Heaven, I still go to the cemetery and place balloons and birthday things.  I know you are not there but it makes […]


February 12, 2017

Dear Dawson, What a beautiful day yesterday.  Heaven rejoiced!  My beloved Meet Mommy, my grandmother, your great-grandmother, the lady after whom you are named, took her last breath here on Earth and entered the gates of Heaven.  She was ready.  She said so many times.  After all, she did grace this Earth for 103 years! […]

Happy Birthday!

September 10, 2016

Dear Dawson, Happy Birthday in Heaven!  Your 17th.  Wow!  The last one you would have had as a child.  I wonder what you are doing today.  I know you see me as I go to the cemetery and place your balloons there.  I know you are not there but I feel such a connection when […]

Back to School

July 19, 2016

Dear Dawson, It has been a while since I wrote to you.  I have a binder of letters that I wrote to you after you left this earth.  When I look back at those, I can see how far I’ve come.  I have found that keeping busy is the best way to get thru the […]

Another Happy, Hopeful New Year

January 3, 2016

Well, another year has come and gone, and I’m still standing.  2015 was certainly a very busy year.  I’m thinking that’s the key for me – keeping busy.  My year started off with a bang.  Mason’s birthday is January 3rd (TODAY!!).  Then I went back into the classroom for 8 weeks, teaching my friend’s class […]

Oviedo-Hagerty Football Game

July 27, 2015

This year’s Hometown Showdown Football game is September 11, 2015 at Oviedo High School.  This game is dedicated to childhood cancer and Dawson.  It will be broadcast on Brighthouse beginning at 7:30 pm that evening.  The t-shirts will be available to purchase at each school beginning on schedule pick-up day.  For Hagerty High School, schedule […]

Dawson’s Run 2016 and other updates

June 24, 2015

The 3rd annual Dawson’s Run is set for April 2nd, 2016. This will be an official timed event for those that wish to compete.  All walkers and casual runners are of course welcome and urged to participate.  We will have something for every category of runner/walker.  We will also have a variety of apparel that […]

Crazy Weekend! and Pictures

May 31, 2015

Just because the weekend begins nice and quiet, doesn’t mean that it will stay that way.  I’m getting ready to head out on vacation with my boys.  We are heading to Washington, DC to take in the sights for a week.  I haven’t been there since I was a teenager and have always wanted to […]

Dawson’s Run 2015 – Grand Total!!!

April 15, 2015

Dawson’s Run 2015 Dawson’s Run 2015 was held this past Saturday morning.  It was a beautiful, sunny morning.  This was our second year to hold the 5K and I have to admit that I was extremely nervous this year.  There were a lot of things going on that same day.  Both high schools had their proms going […]

Two Years – Day One

April 4, 2015

Two Years – Day One What does 2 years look like?  It looks no different than Day 1.  In this season of Easter, we are celebrating the Resurrection of Christ and the promise of eternal life.  We often think of time as BC and AD – Before Christ and After Death.  In the childhood cancer […]

Year in Review 2014

December 30, 2014

I didn’t realize how long it had been since I last posted.  I have made a promise to myself to try and do more postings.  This year has been interesting.  That’s a word – interesting. Interesting could mean both good and bad, and in this case it does.  I got through the first anniversary of […]

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 2, 2014

This is September which marks National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  This is the month where the childhood cancer community comes together and explodes over the internet and Facebook and anywhere else possible to make sure everyone else knows what we already know.  Its only by knowing can we start to make a difference.  Everyday is […]