Wannawaf is all about waffles, morning, noon, and night. But as a company, we strive to be so much more than that. For the past nine summers we have hosted a charity waffle eating contest at our Boothbay Harbor location. This year, we had our best turn out yet. The event raised just over $4,000 for the Scott family and had a record turnout of 28 contestants! The day’s success would not have been possible without the gifts and support of many local businesses, the time and dedication of the Boothbay Wannawaf crew, Larry Brown (WBRCTV), and Sue Mello (Boothbay Register).
Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Boothbay Region community, but this year we all have been truly touched and inspired by Mandy Scott and her story as written below.
If you’d like and opportunity to help Mandy and her family please email us at email@example.com for more information.
To live, to watch your baby learn, grow, and to love, and to share all of life’s experiences with your husband — these all seem like very simple dreams and often so easily taken for granted, yet the one and only wish for Mandy Scott simply put is to have a future, to get the chance to live.
Mandy and her husband Nick Scott (known to many as Mr. Scott as he teaches and coaches in the Boothbay School system) have the kind of story that makes one believe in true love, soul mates, and fairy tales. Although they attended the same high school and were even on the same cross-country team, they barely knew one another until one day Nick was walking by a popular hangout called “the Beach” on the UMF campus where they both attended and saw her. This is where they met “again” with an endless conversation leading them to become inseparable and deeply in love … and to Mandy’s sweet surprise discovered that Nick had a crush on her in high school. Although there are those who don’t believe in “the one”, Nick and Mandy are truly made for one another — they were even both awarded the same humanitarian scholarship for their kindness to others offered to only one senior in each graduating class (Mandy was a year ahead). Since their wedding in June of 2005 where they celebrated their love with a fun-filled tropical-themed wedding, Nick and Mandy have had such a zest for life seeking adventure and thrills wherever they go. They even celebrated their 5th anniversary with a skydiving venture.
Then on February 8th of 2012, their precious baby girl was born. Emma is their greatest joy and now instead of one true love, there are two great loves of both of their lives. To hear her giggles and her deep-throat laughter is truly the best sound in the world. Now little Emma shares the love of the outdoors and animals with her mommy and daddy.
They were all living such a happy life with great summer plans to look forward to, yet their world came crashing down when a CAT scan revealed Mandy had a tumor the size of a lemon in her colon. Since Mandy’s diagnosis of colon cancer two months ago caused only by living with ulcerative colitis for 15 years, she has already undergone an ileostomy surgery in which her entire colon was removed. During the operation, it was discovered that the cancer had traveled to four out of seventy lymph nodes and three small spots on the right side of her liver.
Along with the loving support and optimism of family and close friends, Mandy’s positive attitude and cheery disposition (some who know her even say that she is their “sunshine”) gives her hope of continuing all of life’s adventures and to treasure (even more than before) each and every moment spent with her loved ones. Although it will be a long and difficult road ahead with many appointments, chemotherapy, liver surgery, and chemo again, Mandy and her family remain hopeful that this devastating cancer can and will be eradicated allowing her to lead a full and happy life with reconstructive surgery in a couple years. From bad news to worse, this family is surely in store for some good news with Mandy seeing each step that must be taken as a challenge to overcome and conquer with spirit.
*Mandy and Nick also want to thank Nick’s school community of teachers and parents for their kind words, generous hearts, and home-cooked meals. *