Night of "Hope"

   Orlando had its own Night of Hope! 

Surprise!  Hope and her family were able to come to Orlando for spring break!  It was a great surprise to all of our Orlando family.  We were grateful that the Kienles’ “cabin fever” gave them the courage to leave Gainesville, Georgia, where a jet is waiting to fly them to Washington, D.C. for Hope’s transplant.

So, of course, we had to have a party!  Excited family and friends gathered at Melissa and David Paul’s home (Hope’s aunt and uncle) for a “Night of Hope” dinner, borrowing the name used recently at the Gainesville lacrosse event.  We had 43 friends and family eating 4Rivers Barbeque and visiting with Hope and her family.  Several of those present were meeting Hope, her sister, Hannah, and their parents for the first time.  Others hadn’t seen the family in quite a long time.  They learned that Hope is a poised and lovely young woman and that she has an enormous sense of humor.

Besides eating and visiting informally, we were introduced by Big Jer (Hope’s Haralson grandfather) to the family’s relationship with COTA, the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.  COTA helps families of pediatric transplant patients with fundraising to cover expenses that exceed insurance coverage. 

Hope’s Aunt Melissa told us about the massive prayer chain she is organizing and invited guests to sign up to be part of the prayer effort.  Prayer support has been and will continue to be a big part of the support our friends and family have offered.

In addition, we had the opportunity to hear Hope’s mom, Amy, explain many of the details of Hope’s health history and, more importantly, the approaching transplant surgery and the recovery process involved.

Hope shared her great sense of humor when she was interviewed by her dad, Rob.  Along with a demonstration of her ability to stuff her mouth with grapes (a little scary), she offered her own version of the traditional Jimmy Fallon thank-you note segment.  Hope related several things she was thankful for, but the crowd favorite was:

“Thank you, Transplant, for one-piece swimsuits, because after this surgery these scars are going to be hard to explain!” 

It was a wonderful evening, and the family greatly appreciated the love and care of the Orlando “Hope Support Network”!

North Forsyth High School Ladies Lacrosse
is hosting a Night of "Hope" 

Please come and support Coach Kienle's Family and Celebrate a Night of Hope!

When: March 23, 2017
Where: Raider Valley
What: Lady Raider Lacrosse vs. Forsyth Central
Time: JV Game, 5:30 PM, Varsity, 7 PM

The Lady Raiders will be hosting a Green Out for Hope Kienle. All proceeds will be donated to Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in the name of Hope. COTA assists families financially prior to, during, and after a child's transplant.