AT THE END OF A WINDING DRIVEWAY set on a scenic hill in Atlantic Highlands, NJ you’ll find Mountain Hill School which is owned and operated by the beautiful Kaiser family. When I first met Lauren Kaiser and saw Mountain Hill I knew in an instant that it would be the best place for Natalie to transition from a year of aggressive cancer treatment to introducing her back into the world of being a kid and going to school. Complete with pushy goats and a very hungry pony, Mountain Hill offers so much more then a peaceful view, it genuinely provides kids with a home away from home. From the Kaiser’s, to the fabulous teachers and office staff that they employ, it’s crystal clear that these wonderful people love what they do and sincerely adore the children that they teach and care for.
This time last year we had just busted out of the hospital with Natalie. About a week and a half prior we had returned home from Natalie’s Make-a-Wish trip where we played in the sun for a week at Atlantis (Natalie was 4-years-old). We had an AMAZING time, however after only a few days of being home Natalie spiked a fever which landed us in the emergency room…turned out she was neutropenic (meaning she had next to no neutrophils which are a type of white blood cell that fight off infections). This is always very dangerous as the smallest virus or infection can cause the biggest (and scariest) problems since her little body has no way of fighting whatever it is off.