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CWD Cruise Day One
Boarding the Cruise Ship
December 29, 2003

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CWD families - about 100 people - from all corners of the U.S. and Canada boarded our ship, Sovereign of the Seas, and set off for a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas. Many thanks to Animas Corporation for providing sponsorship for the medical support team that provided the much needed safety net for our families' peace of mind. CWD families gathered poolside in the late afternoon to meet each other, get the kids together, and discuss the agenda for the next few days. Royal Caribbean provided many onboard activities as well as port activities that each family could choose from each day. CWD families planned to gather each morning after breakfast for a short discussion group, and then we all dined together at dinner. In between? Well, vacation, of course! The highlight of the first evening… Melissa Ringley's karaoke rendition of Stand By Your Man. It was a standing ovation performance!

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Within 30 minutes of boarding the ship, the teen group found poolside lounge chairs
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Aaron and David Schifer join the gathering
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Crystal and Dennis Jackson say hello to Neal Billetdeaux during the CWD gathering on Deck 11
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While Erin and Ty play tic-tac-toe poolside, Natalie just can't give up her cell phone and last minute work!
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Dr. Matt Corcoran greets Iris Bork-Goldfield and daughter Miriam
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Neal Billetdeaux and Dr. Matt survey the gathered CWD crew - it looks to be a great crowd!
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Laura Billetdeaux and Melissa Ringley enjoy the sunset as the cruise ship leaves Port Canaveral and heads to sea
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Betty Brackenridge and Chuck Vallelonga enjoy dinner with CWD families in the main Kismet dining room on Deck 4
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After dinner, teens and adults alike enjoy ping pong under the stars
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Ty decides that the kids' strawberry daquiris are definitely yummy!
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Natalie and Elizabeth get ready to greet CWD families poolside
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CWD parents consult the Day One itinerary for our ship, Sovereign of the Seas
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