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Memory Monday: Olivia Lipnicky

Memory Monday: Olivia Lipnicky

I wanted to share a little bit of our story…… Liv Like a Unicorn was started by my amazing daughter Olivia or “Liv” as we called her. Right around her 8th birthday, she was diagnosed with an aggressive tumor in her spinal cord – DIPG. Liv bravely fought her cancer for 9 months, all while worrying about other kids fighting the same disease. The doctors told us to “go home and make memories”, but that was “not good enough” for my daughter. The summer she was sick she raised over $10,000 for pediatric cancer and the Liv like a Unicorn foundation was born.

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Memory Monday: Kortney Rose

Memory Monday: Kortney Rose

Kortney was a fearless daredevil. She went on the largest waterslide, at the time in New Jersey, at Great Adventure’s water park. There was no way I was going with her so her dad, Rich, went with her. Her sister, Kasey and her friends stood at the bottom fearful and watched 7-year-old Kortney climb the gigantic ladder. We know which parent she took after. After she came down with the biggest smile on her face, she immediately wanted to do it again. My husband said once was enough for him.

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Memory Monday: McKenna Wetzel

Memory Monday: McKenna Wetzel

McKenna loved all things that had to do with the beach. Whether it was riding our bikes down to the pier and having breakfast at Ruby’s, going beach camping with 20 families on our annual “Beach and Surf” trip, or going surfing with her sister in Hawaii, McKenna couldn’t wait to run on the sand and swim in the waves. Probably her favorite thing to do was go snorkeling and chase sea turtles in Hawaii. I can still hear the exciting sounds my girls would make underwater when they would spot a turtle and swim off hand in hand to follow it.

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Memory Monday: Charlie Poole

Memory Monday: Charlie Poole

Charlie loved to eat at diners. “I mean, come on, you can get breakfast ALL DAY!” he would say. He could never decide between the egg special or pancakes, so he usually got both! He loved enjoying a good cup of coffee and pie. We traveled far and wide to every diner we could, and each one was his favorite. When I want to feel close to him, I have breakfast for dinner, or visit one of his favorite diners and get pancakes AND eggs.

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Memory Monday: Kelsey Kittleson

Memory Monday: Kelsey Kittleson

Kelsey was a July baby, and she loved everything about summer, warm weather, and being on the water. One of her favorite things to do was go fishing with our family up in Canada every year. And, like any good fisherwoman, she had the patience to wait for the big fish.

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Memory Monday: Carson Hall

Memory Monday: Carson Hall

Carson LOVED vacation! Whether it was Great Wolf Lodge, the mountains in Colorado, the lake, or the beach, he loved to travel. His favorite place of all time was the beach. I feel like as parents, we instilled that in him from the young age of 2 when we visited friends in Hawaii. Carson was diagnosed with DIPG in May 2016. We made the decision at that time to make as many memories with him as we could, which meant vacationing.

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Memory Monday: David Haddock

Memory Monday: David Haddock

When David was very young, he loved playing with a kitchen set, so it was no shock that he took Culinary Arts in high school and planned to go to culinary school after he graduated. He loved learning about recipes from others, and he would regularly choose a cooking experience over other “fun” things. He got the chance to experience cooking with Chef Jose Andres and was excited to have been in the audience for an episode of Hell’s Kitchen.

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Memory Monday: Ty Louis Campbell

Memory Monday: Ty Louis Campbell

Ty loved a show called Max and Ruby. He had DVDs with every single episode and they played all day every day. One day we received a random phone call from a representative for the Max and Ruby Live show that was coming to the area, and we were invited to a meet-and-greet backstage.

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