By Paula @ Holiday World

This email choked me up – thanks to Chris for letting us post it:

Dear Holiday World and Splashin' Safari,
Like most people who grew up in Southern Indiana, I grew up visiting "Santa Claus Land." My family visited very rarely back then, as I had a very modest upbringing. In my adult years, I have enjoyed coming back to HW/SS year after year with my family. I've never been much of a "rider," but I thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere and some of the calmer, gentler rides – and watching my niceces and nephews enjoy the park. In all those years of visiting, I would ride the Raven several times and the Legend once (I really am a big chicken), but never the Voyage – despite the urging of my family and friends.
In late 2010, I began chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatments – so I missed the 2011 season at Holiday World and Spashin' Safari. I am please to report, however, that I'm nearly my old self again – and a few weeks ago I finally conquered The Voyage. I figured if I could survive cancer treatment, I could certainly survive whatever a top-class wooden roller coaster could dish out.  It was the most liberating, exhilerating, fantastic experience of my life! A couple years ago I would not have even considered riding, but this year I knew I had to. It was significant for me to step out of my comfort zone and face what I feared. I felt compelled to write and say thank you for this emotional experience … and for all you do for our region. 
I can't wait to see you again in 2013!
Thank you so much!!
Chris C.
Jeffersonville, Indiana

P.S. Here's my photo from the Voyage (that's me in the back holding on with all my might).

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One Response to “Cancer survivor’s ride of a lifetime”

  1. Carolyn Maddox

    I am also a cancer survivor diagnosed in 2010 and I totally agree! My son loves Holiday World, especially the coasters and I ride them all with him because it’s all about the living! I have come to love getting out of my comfort zone. I get a great deal of satisfaction out of conquering a challenge just like when I took on my cancer battle. I also like to think I am a role model for my son,family,friends and anyone else who also faces any type of challenge in their life. Keep riding Chris!