Project Linus Retreat
For the third year in a row, Farmers Guest House welcomed the Project Linus executive staff from their national headquarters, located in Bloomington, IL for their annual executive retreat to Galena, IL. Pictured are Vice President, Mary Balagna, and President Carol Babbitt.
“We are humbled and just love saying ‘Welcome back Project Linus’,” says Farmers Guest House innkeeper Susan Steffan.
The group meets over 3-days to process the results of their yearly conference and plan future events. The group of engaged executives also lives their mission of providing each child in need a handmade blanket when they need it most. The group brings their sewing equipment to Farmers Guest House and creates new template projects and amazing artwork that will be shared with children who are confined to hospitals or experiencing a crisis in their lives.
Farmers Guest House is the perfect location to plan your corporate or executive retreat. Scenic downtown Galena makes the perfect backdrop for your executive planning sessions at Farmers Guest House; the only boutique inn in downtown Galena. The Farmers Guest House community room, living room, cottage and unique collection of private rooms and suites are beyond compare for hosting executive and corporate retreats.
With chapters in all 50 states, Project Linus provides thousands of blankets each year to children in crisis. On Christmas Eve, 1995, an article titled “Joy to the World” appeared in Parade Magazine. It was written by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist, Eddie Adams. Part of the article featured a petite, downy haired child named Laura:
““Laura has unusual compassion for others,” Charlotte Barry-Williams of Oceanside, California, says of her daughter, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 1993. “I guess part of the reason is that she has experienced so much pain herself.”
A special “blankie” has helped Laura, 3, get through more than two years of intensive chemotherapy. She takes it to the hospital with her when she goes for treatment. When she was first diagnosed, 97 percent of her bone marrow contained cancerous cells. Although chemotherapy has helped eradicate the cancer, she has had to endure nausea, high fevers and the loss of her hair. An allergic reaction at one point caused her to lose vital signs.
“She doesn’t understand what cancer means,” her mother says. “She’s a very joyous and happy person, very curious.” Her mother hopes Laura can start preschool next spring.”
After reading the article, Karen Loucks, the original founder of Project Linus, decided to provide homemade security blankets to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center, and Project Linus was born. Learn more and get engaged with Project Linus at ProjectLinus.org.