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True journey of 'Hope'

| Friday, March 21, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

I'm writing to the good people of the town where I was born and raised to praise a maybe little-known but beautiful organization that deserves all the help that could come its way.

I've read several articles in the Daily Courier about “Unity, a Journey of Hope,” a make-a-wish type project of two wonderful people from Vanderbilt, Bobbie and John Robinson.

The past five years I've been battling cancer and have fought through it. In November, I was the recipient of a wonderful wish courtesy of Unity, a Journey of Hope. I was taken to see and meet Bret Michaels. A car was rented for myself and my “better half,” and we were taken to a place called Jergel's Rhythm Grille, a music venue north of Pittsburgh. A table was reserved for us and a wonderful dinner was enjoyed.

I was put in the front row for Bret's show, with him planting a kiss on my hand and making the “I heart you” sign to me while singing. I was taken to meet him, with kindness, hugs and many photos of us together. It was amazing and for one night, I was able to forget about my cancer and enjoy a truly wonderful evening.

When the newspaper has articles regarding fundraisers that are scheduled by this great group of volunteers, please, if you are able, pitch in. There are so many who can benefit.

Last, but surely not least, I was glad to see the article in the Daily Courier regarding the New Haven Hose Co. I may not live in my hometown, but I shop there and dine there and most importantly, we drive 50 miles weekly to support this awesome group of volunteers. I'm pretty sure there are few people in town who haven't, at one time or another, needed and received help from the volunteers.

Come on, Connellsville, please support the bingo and other fundraising activities.

Holly Smith


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