Friday, April 25, 2014

She loved music...

I wanted to post today and give you a little background information about the upcoming benefit concert being held in honor of Lucy.  It will be a fun and relaxed environment for the entire family!

It is my hope and prayer that Lucy's spirt will shine down on all of us as we gather for an evening of music in honor of the bravest five-year-old girl we know, Lucy Grace Marlett.  "For the Love of Lucy" we would be honored if you and your family would join us and surround us in love as we honor our girl while raising awareness and funds for mitochondrial disease.  We would love to see you there.  All proceeds from the concert will go towards the "For the Love of Lucy Research Fund" established by her family and the UMDF.  

The Hockessin Music School and the Wind Symphony of Southern NJ Present:
A Family Concert 
For the Love of Lucy
Please join us on Saturday, May 3rd at 6:30 pm


 Willowdale Chapel
675 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Tickets $10 individuals, $25 families. 
Make checks payable to: UMDF and write For the Love of Lucy on the memo line.  Credit cards will also be accepted on the day of the concert.  
To reserve tickets click here or contact rjstreck@udel.edu  
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.


Our dear friends Bob and Jill, or as Lucy liked to call them "Bill" (Luc would laugh every time she called them that :),  called me in the fall excited to tell me of an idea they had to help us raise funds and awareness for mitochondrial disease.  Bob and Jill are exceptional human beings with loving hearts, who just so happen to be talented musicians.  Jill has been teaching our kids music for over twelve years, and Bob is a retired music professor from the University of Delaware.   Bob conducts the Wind Symphony of Southern NJ, they are a group of professional musicians who have offered to volunteer their time and talents to perform a family concert all "For the Love of Lucy".

Lucy and Jill, january 2014

We were excited about the idea of a Family Concert.  Music is a family activity in our house, it was something that we could all do together, and Lucy loved it!  Luc learned to hum, or sing music patterns, before she could even speak.  This ability gave us hope that our profoundly speech delayed little girl was going to one day speak, and speak she did!  

Music is universal, it speaks the soul, and Lucy's soul responded!  Let's face it, when you have a child like Lucy, although we never liked to focus on what she couldn't do, there are limitations to the types of activities that we could ALL do together as a family.  Music was something we could ALL do together.  

Last fall when we were planning the concert details we took a leap of faith and picked a concert date for May 3rd, 2014.   This was mainly because it was at the end of the concert season and when all of the musicians were available.  Never knowing what was going to happen from one moment to the next in our lives, we agreed.  God, apparently, had other plans for Lucy on May 3rd.  Sadly, on February 8, 2014 Lucy died peacefully and went to Heaven after fighting a courageous lifelong battle with mitochondrial disease.

Lucy's absence at the concert will feel enormous, but she will be there in spirit!  She would have loved this concert!  "Bill" choose music from many of Lucy's favorite Disney movies, the Lion King being one of those.  They are also going to be playing the oh so popular in our house and yours too I'm sure "Let it Go" from the movie Frozen.  Sophie sang this song for Lucy at her Valentines Day Funeral Service, and let it go I did.  Luc really only watched movies because of the music, she could never really follow a story line.   The music is what she enjoyed most.  Jack will be preforming with the group a piano solo from Harry Potter,  he has always loved the theme music from Harry Potter.  Luc would have been thrilled about this too, we liked to say in our house that nobody in our family could have a bigger fan than Lucy!  

We look forward to seeing you there.

1 comment:

Clara-Leigh said...

Sounds perfect! Wish our crew could attend!