ASKed & Answered

Earlier this month I was nominated to speak at the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation’s “Jangling on the James” fundraising event. The designated topic? A parent’s perspective of how ASK impacts families coping with their child’s cancer diagnosis. In under five minutes. To a target audience of potential supporters and donors. Without having an emotional breakdown in front of hundreds of people. (OK, so that last directive was self-imposed, but it certainly seemed appropriate and necessary to successfully carrying out the appointed mission.)

Could I effectively yet succinctly script -let alone deliver- a summation of their incalculable contributions to our family?

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Red Cross Blood Drive

There will be a blood drive on Friday November 7th, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Maybeury Elementary School Gym [directions].

You can schedule your appointment to come and help save lives by going online to the Red Cross website and entering the sponsor code: Maybeury in the upper right hand corner of the website.

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We’ve been talking a lot about Thanksgiving in our household recently. Maybe it’s the unseasonably crisp morning air. Perhaps it’s the sight of the nearby apple orchards and pumpkin patches laden with fruit, ready to burst forth with their fall harvests. It could be because this year it coincides with Callen’s birthday, and having just observed umpteen family birthdays in the months of August and September, Callen is eager for his day.

Or maybe it’s just because we’re so darn thankful.

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ReeseStrong 5k Recap

ReeseStrong strives to raise awareness of childhood cancer throughout the year. On September 13, 2014 they accomplished that by seeing hundreds of participants from their community and beyond come out to race at the 6th Annual ReeseStrong 5k & Gold Ribbon Kids Run. They gathered together, and had fun showing support for local families of children with cancer, and raising money for research. Huge, gigantic thanks to ReeseStrong and all their hard working volunteers that came out to help make this event a success.

Team Callen, with over 100 members, was crowned first place for largest team, followed by Savanna Smiles and Emmy's Army. Team Callen was also the #1 fundraising team. We'd like to thank everyone that came out and walked with us, or that donated to our team, we couldn't have done it without your support.

As far as the actual race went ... Scott Crow, who for the 2nd consecutive year, won the Reese's Cup with a first place time of 17 minutes 43 seconds. On the ladies side, Lauren Hopper was the first place female finisher with a time of 20 minutes 19 seconds. If you participated in this event and would like to see the race results you can do so at CommonwealthTiming.net. We hope everyone the participated had FUN! We know that we did. Thanks again.

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