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Betsy Tanner: 1962 - 2016

St. John Island
St. John Island
St. John Island
St. John Island
St. John Island
St. John Island

Dear Heidi,
First I would like to thank you for all of your hard work to make this trip possible for my family. We truly appreciate it. You will never know how much it means to us that you and the Jack and Jill Foundation helped us to go on our trip to San Diego. Since we went at the beginning of December we told our boys that it was a Christmas present and that because of it they wouldn’t get a lot of other presents. We didn’t want to have to tell them that we had no money to buy a lot of presents. Our boys said that was the best Christmas present ever, and the best Christmas ever, so not only did you give us a wonderful vacation away from all of our worries but you also helped to give my boys there best Christmas ever. Thank you so much for everything you do words can not express how grateful we are to you and the Jack and Jill foundation. You have given my children memories that will last a lifetime.

Thank you so much for the tickets that you donated to the Jack and Jill foundation for my family. My boys Drake age 9, and Tanner age 6 absolutely loved it!! They said it was the best time ever. They still haven’t stopped talking about it and it has been a month. They loved Shamu and my youngest boy will still go around the house with his stuffed Shamu and say Shamu Shamu!! then put his hands in the air and then down and then take shamu and make him “splash” everyone. I would also like to thank Laura for giving us our tour. She was absolutely wonderful. She answered all of our boys questions and even took them to see the octopus (which wasn’t on the tour) because they asked to see it. Thank you also for the bags of treats for my boys they love them!! They use the plastic shamu in the tub and sleep with the stuffed one. It was so wonderful for you to give us tickets to get in, lunch, a private backstage tour, tickets for the rides, and the goody bags for my boys when they were on the tour. This was a wonderful experience for my family!! Words can not express how much fun we had or how thankful we are to you.

Southwest Airlines,
Thank you so much for the airline tickets for my family and myself to San Diego. Without you donating these tickets to the Jack and Jill foundation our trip would not of been possible.
That was the first time that my husband and 2 boys have ever flown. They had a great time, my boys had a blast they loved it. My youngest boy, Tanner, even says he wants to be a pilot when he grows up! All of your employees were very nice, from the ladies that helped us with our tickets, to the airline attendants, to the pilots that waved and talked to my boys. Our plane rides were wonderful experiences, Thank you!

San Diego Zoo,
Thank you for the tickets that you donated to the Jack and Jill foundation for my family. My boys, Drake age 9 and Tanner age 6, have wanted to go to your zoo for a few years ever since they saw a show on tv that talked about it. We had a wonderful time! Drake loved the Panda Bears he said they were so cool!! Tanner loved the Polar Bears he said they were awesome. They even had to get t-shirt with the panda or polar bear on them. They also loved all the squished penny machines, they collect them so every time they saw a machine they each had to get a different penny. The are still talking about our trip to this day. Your zoo is gorgeous!! Thank you again.

Helga at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina,
Thank you so much for the hotel accommodations, they were more then I could have ever imagined. Your hotel is absolutely beautiful. I loved the view from my hotel balcony I would go out there before bed each night and then go out there first thing every morning. The pool was also wonderful, The boys had to swim in it before we left so they swam in it all morning on Sunday, they loved it!! The marina is awesome, we walked around it several time the boys loved looking at all of the different boats especially the pirate ship. Everyone that works they is so kind and helpful. The food was delishes. The bellmen, Duncan and Gabriel, that you had as our drives were so nice. It was as if we had known each other forever, they were so friendly and we talked the entire time they were driving to and from each place. They also would stop and talk to us if they saw us in the hall. Your wait staff at the restaurants were also very friendly, they even remember us the next day when we would go down to eat again. Helga- I would like to personally thank you for all of your help and kindness. It was wonderful to meet you and to have you to help us. Also thank you so much for the wonderful fruit basket and the goodie basket for the boys they loved them. Thank you so much, I will never forget your kindness.

Thank you again Heidi, I will never forget what you have done for me and my family. The Jack and Jill Foundation, you, and everyone else that was evolved have truly given my family a WOW experience and we will never forget your kindness, generosity, and hard work.

Thank you,
Amanda, Kevin, Drake, and Tanner Jones

Dear Kim and Bobbi,

Where do I begin. WOW!!! Greg and I and the kids want to wrap our arms around you two and thank you for such a fantastic trip. You know, I have never encountered such true love and kindness as was shown to our family. You two are just incredible. We are so deeply appreciative by your generosity, love, and kindness. My family will never forget what the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation and the Westin have done for us.

Bobbi, I know you and Heidi worked very hard on making our stay there an unforgettable one and I have to tell you that you accomplished that goal. I just can’t believe all the stuff you and Heidi arranged for us. From the beginning to the end. You gave us alot of great memories, there are just too many to write about. I appreciate all of your time and energy that went into making this happen for us. My children haven’t stopped talking about their experience at the Westin. They have told all their friends about the really cool things (with alot of bragging) they were able to do. They just loved the pool, the water sports were a big hit with Cam and of course, the jet ski ride was fantastic. They both say the best thing was the snorkeling! Bay hopping on a private yacht, too cool. Katie is in love with your resort. She keeps telling me “Mom, you know I was invited back to work over the summer with Ms. Bobbi.” I have assured her when she is old enough, she can do just that. (I really think she means it.) She loves St. John and she loves the Westin. The kids will be back there, one day.

Kim, you are unbelievable! You have created an environment that would make the angels sing. Your love for this place shows in everything you do. Thank you for extending that love to our family. You have no idea how much you have touched our lives. I also want to thank you for the kindness you showed to Katie and Cam. They think you are awesome. Greg and I think so too. Please tell your staff that they are definitely the best in the world. Everyone we encountered there was sincere, happy, and always willing to assist in anything that was needed. It makes such a great difference. They should know that we really appreciated the hospitality shown by all of them. You should be very proud of your staff. We felt loved by all. Our stay there was like we were part of your family, the Westin family. What a wonderful feeling. It was great to see everyone, every day, with a smile on their face and ready to assist. Please tell your direct staff, Arnold and the other guys, we so enjoyed their company. What a great group of people to work with. I know it all starts at the top and from there works its way down. You and your staff are absolutely the best. I hope you are all recognized for the incredible job that you all do. This trip was the most unbelievable experience we have ever had. Thank you so much for making this our stay there the most memorable one we will ever have.

The biggest thing I want to tell you is to thank you for working with the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation. I know these kinds of trips are not possible without them and without you. The difference this trip has meant to our family is one that I really cannot put into words. I believe that by you looking into my eyes and saying goodbye when we departed your wonderful resort, you know how deeply appreciative and grateful I am for what you both have done for me and my family. I hope that one day we will see you all again. In the meantime, keep doing what you all do best, which is making people feel like they are the most important person at the Westin.

The Tanner Family loves you all! With much heartfelt thanks,

Greg, Betsy, Katie and Cam

May The Lord Bless you and Keep you. Amen.