A lunch for moms who need a chance to relax

Sometimes Miracles Hide is an annual event hosted by Joni & Friends for families impacted by disabilities.

Posted: Apr 6, 2019 6:28 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2019 6:28 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Sometimes Miracles Hide started more than 15 years ago. It's an annual event families say they look forward to every year. 

Elliot Callaway is only 11 years old and spent his Saturday volunteering at the event because it struck close to home for him. 

"Us being there helping the kids, means the families are allowed to visit with other families that are affected by this and I think that's pretty cool," Callaway said. 

His six year old sister has rett syndrome, a rare neurological disorder. Callaway says he understands how challenging every day can be for some families.

"It really kind of changes your life," Callaway told NewsWatch12. "But not necessarily in a bad way."

Callaway isn't the only one who enjoys the the event. Marci Qrull, a Medford mom of three, attends every event the group Joni & Friends hosts.

Qrull said, "The people who put it on, they will never know what a blessing it really is to moms who are day in and day out caring for kids who have some special abilities."

Her 16 year old daughter has austism. Qrull said some days are harder than others.

"Families who have children with disabilities really are 24/7," Lorraine Peterson, one of the event coordinators, said. "They get no breaks at all."

The goal of Sometimes Miracles Hide is to give moms a chance to enjoy themselves and time to bond with other moms.

"I know I'm around people who just get it and understand," Qrull said that's why she enjoys coming each year.

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