Do you know of people making a difference in your community? Email us their story… or yours! We would love to feature you and #sharegoodness. The story below inspired us and we think it will you as well.
The Festival of Trees begins tomorrow:
Wednesday, November 30 through Saturday, December 3, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day
South Towne Expo Center
9575 South State Street
At the Door
Adults – $6.00
Children (2-11) – $3.00 Under 2 – Free
Senior Citizens (65 and Over) – $5.00
Discount tickets are available at Zion’s Bank locations.
Brendan Peck was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called esthesioneurblostoma. A small community of 1200 people from Paradise, Utah gathered together to rally around the family and show them love during this trying time. They called Brendan, Charlie, and the community wore bracelets that said, “Charlie’s Angels.”
After multiple surgeries and chemotherapy treatments, Brendan passed away on July 23, 2016. He was a blessing to the Paradise community. It pulled them together in a common cause of service, love and concern. His courage and good nature in the face of this trial were awe-inspiring.
This year at the Festival of Trees, Jeanne Fenton along with a team of friends put together a tree honoring Brendan. Jeanne said, “Thirty-six years ago I lost my older brother to leukemia. He was 31 at the time and left behind a wife and three small children. My sisters and I decorated a tree in his honor at the Festival of Trees that year. When Brendan got sick the idea came again to do another tree for this wonderful boy. I enlisted the help of Laurie Hansen, who is very good at decorating. The name of the tree is “Charlie’s Angels” and we decorated it with Willow Tree Angel ornaments, many of which depicted things about Brendan. Laurie made several kinds of angel wings, along with stars and other ornaments that enhanced this idea. Brendan was not able to ring the bell after his chemotherapy (which signals the end of chemo and cancer free) so there are also little bells on the tree as well. At the base of the tree we have put some other Willow Tree figures which include a father and son and a mother and son. We will never forget Brendan Peck.”
There are many touching stories at the Festival and Trees and people just like Jeanne who have created beautiful trees and displays to honor many children and families. Show your support for Primary Children’s Hospital, the families and those wonderful people in our community making a difference. Every penny earned at the Festival goes to helps the children at Primary Children’s Hospital and we think that is simply wonderful!