Tori’s Bucket List Update

When we posted about the bucket list of experiences we had developed for Tori, we never expected the response that we received!

For us, it was merely a continuation of her story, of how we are trying to live life with her as fully as possible while we have her here.

So imagine our surprise when many people messaged us and generously offered to cover costs for specific experiences! We are so grateful! We will blog each experience and publicly thank those who made that experience possible.

So, here is the list organized differently than before:

Planned/Scheduled Experiences:

  • Catch fireflies (July)
  • Have a picnic at Lake Tobias (July 30)
  • Feed Giraffes (August in Pittsburgh)
  • Harrisburg Senators Game (August)
  • Kayak in the creek (August)
  • Butterflies at Hershey Gardens
  • Boardwalk at Hersheypark – Lazy River
  • Feed ducks at Hersheypark
  • Baltimore Aquarium (September)
  • Disney World (September)
  • Grand Canyon (October)
  • Disneyland (October)
  • See mommy’s college -APU (October)

Still in progress:

  • Beach/sand castle (September)
  • Hershey Bears Game (fall)
  • See daddy’s college (PSU)
  • Penn State game (September)
  • Pride of the Susquehanna
  • Statue of Liberty/Staten Island Ferry
  • Philadelphia Flyers game
  • Go to as many states as possible (PA, CA, MD, NY so far)
  • Fishing
  • Finger paint something for mommy and daddy
  • Daddy/Daughter Date (with mommy there to help/photograph)
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Cut our own Christmas Tree

Completed:

(Some of the “in progress” items have been offered but not scheduled yet.)

You may have noticed Disney World and Disneyland on the list…we are still working out the details, but a foundation (more details later) has offered to send us to Disney World in September! AND, a Disneyland employee invited us to be her guests for the day when we are in SoCal in October! We are blown away by both of these opportunities!

Our goal with the bucket list is to create as many stimulating experiences for Tori as we can, experiences that every child should experience.

We need to create memories as a family no matter what, but it is especially important given Tori’s situation. We want to give her an abundant life, no matter how long. Thank you to those who are making it possible!

Tori’s Bucket List

As we talked with other families at the Hunter’s Hope Symposium we discovered that many of them had “bucket lists” of things they wanted to experience with their children while they are still with us. We decided to create one for Tori, as well!

This is a work-in-progress, but here is the current list Brennan and I decided on (most of the ideas are from Team Tori!). We tried to choose mostly local things but a few would require travel. I will add to this post if we come up with more.

We may not get all of this done, but it will still help us remain focused on truly living life with Tori to the fullest. ❤️

  • Feed Giraffes (August in Pittsburgh)
  • Beach/sand castle (September)
  • Harrisburg Senators Game (soon)
  • Hershey Bears Game (fall)
  • Build a Bear
  • See where mommy and daddy went to college (APU and PSU)
  • Penn State game (September)
  • Pride of the Susquehanna 
  • Grand Canyon (October)
  • Baltimore Aquarium (September)
  • Statue of Liberty/Staten Island Ferry
  • Disneyland (October?) or Disney World
  • Catch fireflies (July)
  • Have a picnic at Lake Tobias (July)
  • Philadelphia Flyers game
  • Planetarium (PA State Museum)
  • Butterflies at Hershey Gardens
  • Go to as many states as possible (PA, CA, MD, NY so far)
  • Fishing
  • Kayak in the creek (August)
  • Finger paint something for mommy and daddy
  • Daddy/Daughter Date (with mommy there to help/photograph)
  • Boardwalk at Hersheypark – Lazy River 
  • Feed ducks

In case you are wondering, she does not qualify for any Make-a-Wish type programs because of her age. Any trips will be paid for out of our budget, so cost is a determining factor 😄 So if you have any connections to make these things happen and would like to help us, please let us know! ❤️