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The Festival of Treesby Linda Meier

Thirty-eight years ago, my family went to the Festival of Trees for the first time. It was 1975. Over the years, attending the Festival of Trees became a fun tradition. The Festival of Trees was our family’s kick-off to the Christmas season as our five children enjoyed the beautiful trees, music, scones, and of course, Santa. It wasn’t until 1990 that I came to truly understand what the Festival of Trees is all about when our only daughter, Nicole, asked a simple question. “Can we do a tree next year to help the sick children at the hospital?” The question took me by surprise. You see, SHE was one of those sick children at Primary Children’s Hospital.

A few days before Nicole’s 9th birthday, I noticed a small lump at the base of her neck.  A doctor removed it and after a quick biopsy told us…

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