HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (KTVU) - A group of best friends decided to plan a girl's weekend at the beach. They wanted to take their minds off things and try to have a fun weekend away as one of the women continues to battle Glioblastoma brain cancer.
As they began to plan their trip, they realized there were a few obstacles.
"Traveling in her condition is not easy and the brain tumor has made it hard for her to be mobile so she feels most comfortable in a wheelchair. We couldn’t find one house or hotel that was available that was wheelchair accessible with views facing the ocean like she wished for," said Jennifer Toby.
The only place that met the criteria was the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, which was far from their budget. Toby decided to call the Ritz to see if there was anything they would do for the group, and they were blown away with the response.
Toby spoke with sales coordinator Tanya Cruz who said she was touched by the story and she would see what she could do. "Within an hour I received an email from her with a special rate for us, including an upgraded room that was handicap accessible, faced the ocean, and had a private fire pit. She then went on to ask for pictures of us and if our friend had any special food restrictions."
When the women arrived at the hotel and stepped into the room they were blown away. "They had decorated with balloons, wrote her a special card, gave her a gift bag with goodies, spoiled us with fruit and cheese platters, a Smore’s kit, and even a bottle of wine! They even printed out one of the pictures that we gave them and put it in a nice picture frame in the room."
After dinner the group spent the night roasting S'mores, laughing and talking about old times.
It went down as a much needed night away and one of their best nights ever, according to Toby.