Remember Katie Hibdon, a second grader at Murfee Elementary -- she started her own campaign to raise money last fall to buy videos for empty VCR's at the Arrington Cancer Center, this while her mother was undergoing treatment there for breast cancer.
Now that her mother, Lynetta's cancer has returned in the liver, the family has decided to use their vacation money for treatment instead. But last week, the American Business Clubs, or AMBUCS, issued a call for help.
So, Monday, Katie was preparing her doll, Mikie, for the big trip, since that fund for Lynetta collected more than $2,200, with $1,200 of it coming from the Downtown, Caprock, and Monterey AMBUCS chapters. And there was a lot of hugging and handshaking, and picture taking by Katie, with some local AMBUCS there to meet the Hibdons, and send them off on a well deserved vacation that almost didn't happen.
"The community is amazing. In just four or five days, we went from telling our daughter we couldn't take this trip to here we are at the airport," says Tommy Hibdon.
"We wish we knew who to thank. I know the AMBUCS issued a challenge and we know there have been individual deposits and we don't know who they are. We don't know how to thank them personally. Katie and I and Tommy are very grateful for all their support. I don't know what to say. I'm just very excited!" says Lynetta Hibdon.
Lynetta says as fate would have it, her doctor, Catherine Ronaghan, has worked up a visit during this vacation with a doctor involved in major cancer research with the National Cancer Institute, so as always, the Hibdons are positive, and very grateful to a community that came together to make a dream trip come through -- for a little girl who was promised a trip to see the White House and New York City, one that now might also bring new hope for a cure.