Updates and Raising Money for my buddy Jack

Jack and his newly renovated Moojo wheelchair

I am back to the point where I don’t have regularly changing news about my health to keep this blog updated.  But, I don’t want to give it up.  Many of you…MANY…have stressed to me how much you like to read my writings and that makes me really happy, because I love to write.  I have always enjoyed it, and would love to make a pseudo career out of writing, but I have been at a loss as to what topics to write about.  I will probably start stretching out and doing some writing exercises with a few interesting stories from my past.  Toward the goal of making a career out of it, I recently made the acquaintance of the owner and publisher of a new newspaper in the north Atlanta metro area and asked him if I could write a travel column for his publication.  He has agreed to let me do that.  So, as soon as I get around to writing the first piece, and he publishes it, I guess I will be an official travel writer.  Yay!

I actually have a lot going on right now and a lot I want to share, but I have been so busy the past three weeks, I simply have not had the energy at the end of the day to write about these adventures.  This goes all the way back to the cruise on February 10.  Did you know we went on a cruise?  It was nutty…Wednesday morning was a regular day until around noon, then it became a scramble because we found out we would all be leaving on a ship the next morning.  More about that in another post.

And if you think that one sounds like a good story, I am having an ultra, super high intensity experience this week.  Again, no details now, but I will tell the story later.  And of course, I know I owe the four or five people who took guesses at my medical expenses some answers.  Truth is, I don’t even know the final answer yet.  A few more bills have come in the mail since I posted that and I need to add those to the master list.

I have also undertaken a project to help a little friend in need.  His name is Jack Williamson and he is a 9 year old boy with advanced high risk Neuroblastoma.  He lives here in metro Atlanta and his mom is a school teacher.  My experience has been a cake walk compared to Jack’s.  He has undergone not one, but two stem cell transplants, and  lots of other painful procedures.  He has also been fighting his war on cancer since he was only 2 years old.  His cancer has recently progressed throughout his lymphatic system, into his bone marrow and a new solid tumor discovered in his leg.  His doctors cannot perform another stem cell transplant because it WOULD kill him.  Although they are attempting a few experimental treatments, his Mom has left her job (and now has no income), to commit all of her minutes and hours to spending with Jack, and instituted what she is calling Operation Dream, to fulfill as many of Jack’s dreams as possible.

One of those dreams is to go to SpaceCamp in Huntsville, Alabama.  Over the past two weeks, we have been helping Jack’s mom figure out the details, and the management team at SpaceCamp has agreed to make arrangements to accommodate Jack’s dream.    But we need to raise the money to help her pay for it.  My role has been to assemble a website to tell this story and collect money for Jack, and that website is ready at www.spacecampforjack.com.  

We are asking for a lot of small donations.  We are asking for you to surrender $5.00 or $10.00 (which you will never even notice is gone).   However, if you feel the need to donate more…by all means please do so.

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