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Melissa M. Bland: 2/14/1968 - 8/20/2012


To all the ones that made this possible, Thank you to everyone that has made this trip an opportunity of a lifetime for me and my family. Cancer has consumed our lives for the last 2 and a half years. It has been a very trying time for us all…my Oncologist which is pretty amazing wanted to start this off for me to give some time with my 2 sons, Bryson and Justin and my sister Sandra Burch.

He also told me that while in NASHVILLE, I would be CANCER FREE, and he was so right. I lived and experienced things with my sons and sister that I never dreamed were possible. From day one of this trip, without the help of each and everyone of you it would not have been possible. Southwest for making this flight so easy for me and my sister flying to Tampa to start this trip with us. Avis, for making us feel like stars ourselves in the beautiful Chrysler 300 that was given. My sister almost melted when she saw her dream car waiting on us. The Marriott at Brentwood, you were a great place to stay with the most amazing staff, you were so overbooked but made everything such a wonderful stay….breakfast was wonderful! The people at CMT, WOW, where do I start….rehearsal really, a meet and greet with Jason Aldean…our contact Adam Vacek, he was wonderful he took care of us so well…then Ryan and Lucia all the things that were given to us and then for Ryan to say they want to do more, it is amazing. Jason Aldean was an amazing artist, and to see him with Ludacrice too…overwhelming. When he met us afterwards, he was so nice and such a normal person talking to us. My sons were just about to pass out I think and then one of our others favorites just happened to show up Luke Bryan, and he took pictures with us too….it was fantastic.

Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough to say for this wonderful adventure, but I hope that these words that I have written let you know how much this was appreciated at a time in our lives that needed something wonderful to help take the pain of knowing that the Mom to my 2 boys has terminal cancer away for a little while. Thank you all again, these will be memories of a lifetime deep in our hearts.

Sincerly and with great Thanks,

Melissa, Justin, Bryson Bland
Sandra Burch, My sister and best friend