Reflection on this Holiday Season
Posted on March 24, 2011 by Erin Chance
“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.” ~ Eric Sevareid
Erin and Stephen Chance live in Atlanta, Georgia, with their three children, Madison (9), Patrick (7), and Anna (5). They stayed in the Royal Towers last month and Mrs. Chance wrote the following note to express her gratitude about her family’s vacation:
Patrick has been battling a rare and aggressive childhood cancer called Stage IV Neuroblastoma since he was 3 1/2 years old. In addition to his hospital in Atlanta, Patrick and the rest of the family have spent a tremendous amount of time at specialized children’s hospitals in New York and Philadelphia, leaving little time for leisure travel. One of Patrick’s wishes was to vacation in the Bahamas and experience a dolphin interaction. In November of this year, Atlantis made that wish come true. Our family traveled to Atlantis between chemotherapy sessions and experienced the vacation of a lifetime! From the Dolphin Interaction to Aquaventure to the Atlantis Pals and Earth & Fire Pottery, Patrick had an amazing time during his stay in Atlantis. The staff, beginning with the kind gentleman at the airport to Dianne (Director of VIP Services) to the rest of the employees, EVERYONE went out of their way to make us feel welcome and to provide a smooth and memorable experience. We will never forget our wonderful family vacation in Atlantis and will treasure our memories for forever.
Countless times throughout the year many families, just like the Chances, leave their regular lives to visit our resort and enjoy a few days away from their ordinary troubles. Therefore, I have two wishes as we embark on this holiday season. My first hope is that we all find inspiration in the story of the Chance family and realize that every day we don’t just serve guests, we touch human lives. We help to create memories that many families will treasure forever. My second hope is that we learn to appreciate and be thankful for all the wonderful things and people in our lives and never lose sight of what’s truly important.
I wish all of you A HAPPY HOLIDAYS & A VERY PROSPEROUS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Chief Operating Officer
Published in the Atlantis Employee Newsletter