Tipping Our Hat to TopHAT


In my last update on Brennen I shared about his wish and how Make-A-Wish of Wisconsin was helping make it become a reality. Recently, we learned that a local company, TopHAT, that takes care of delivery for many stores around the United States, was working with Make-A-Wish to help fundraise. What was even more personal about it was they were fundraising within their company to help underwrite some of the costs of Brennen’s Disney cruise!

When we found out about it we asked if there may be a chance that we could meet some of the people from the company and say, “Thank You” for their generosity. Yesterday, we were able to do just that!


Everyone was so welcoming to each of us. It felt like they rolled out the red carpet for us with some tasty treats, gift bags for all the kids, and they even arranged a visit from Mickey Mouse (with theme music). We were able to share a bit of Brennen’s story with the TopHAT staff while Brennen and a couple of the boys played some indoor volleyball with Steve and Brian. 🙂 We were so thankful for their support of Brennen. It is humbling to see all that they did in promoting it within their company in the photos on their Facebook page. They actually raised over their goal and the extra will go to help other wish recipients. The photo above is Brennen with two of the owners Brian and Steve along with Courtney, who helped coordinate the fundraiser.

As they days get closer to Brennen’s trip (67 and counting) we continue to thank God for the health that He has given Brennen. Even with the daily chemo and other medicines he takes we don’t ever see him slow down. If he could have his way, he would be outside playing every moment of the day.

Brennen goes on Monday for his monthly treatment in the clinic and it will be one in which they put him to sleep to put chemo in his spine. We appreciate your prayers for Brennen as he does not like the “falling asleep” part.

This Thanksgiving, as with each day, we have so many blessings to thank God for. We pray that this Thanksgiving each one of us can say with the wise King Solomon, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”” Lamentations 3:22-24