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Acts of Kindness: Rancho Sedona RV Park

June 29, 2009 by Bill Strong
These are the things that give me goosebumps - literally. And, over the last year since Gwendolyn's diagnosis, I've had the distinct pleasure of experiencing things of this nature many, many, many times. And it's not sympathy, as I really don't appreciate sympathy. It is just simple, gracious acts of human kindness of the type that I wasn't certain existed anymore. But, I'm so glad to know firsthand that they do...they most certainly do...

Rancho Sedona RV Park. A beautiful RV park nestled in a forest of shade-trees with Oak Creek running through it, the red rock formations surrounding it, and the one-of-a-kind town of Sedona walking distance from it. When we arrived, we knew it was going to be a perfect place to explore Sedona from, but we never expected anything more than that.

In the morning I went over to the office to check in and, as we always do, I took Sponsor-A-Mile and PetitionToCureSMA.com fliers to ask if they would post them around the park. Not only did the manager, Joni, agree to do that, but she was so moved by Gwendolyn's story and our cross-country drive to END SMA that she convinced the owners, Marg and Jerry Frye, to donate the two nights stay as part of our SponsorAMile.com fundraiser and offered to INSIST that anyone checking in during our stay donate to our cause as well. To say the least, I was truly touched and once again humbled.

Later that same day, there was a knock on our RV door when we got back in from town. I couldn't believe it. Joni handed me an envelope with 13 names and site numbers on it - all people that she had collected from that day. Joni didn't stop there. The next morning I went to check out and Joni handed me another envelope filled with donations she had collected that morning. She also promised to continue collecting and that we should expect more donations from Rancho Sedona RV Park in the future.

We'd like to sincerely thank, from the bottoms of our hearts, Rancho Sedona RV Park, Joni and all of the employees, and all of the donors for their support of our quest to raise awareness about and end SMA, the #1 genetic killer of young children.

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