Posted on January 1, 2015Dear Friends,
Big wishes for a Happy New Year to all. There is no better way to start the new year off than being grateful. As 2014 recedes and 2015 arrives, please accept my deep thanks for your friendship, your emotional and your financial support.
Pre -op physical and tests are happening next week. Everything is in order for our departure on the 20th. At the risk of being a nudge, I'll remind everyone once more but please keep me in your prayers and good thoughts on the morning of January 21 at 10:30 amTexas time. That is when the surgery is scheduled. Should last 2 to 3 hours.
We have raised almost the full amount of the medical and travel costs!! Pretty darn amazing. The goal for medical expenses, travel, lodging and transportation to and fro Dallas was $27,500.
Since October 25you generously and collectively have contributed $25,911. My sister Barbara, who has already given freely, is loaning me the last bit which I will repay when I am back in good working order. And believe me, I look forward to that time.
So again, heartfeltthank youto all of you who have so warmly given of your life energy and support. You made 2014 a most memorable year.
Here is the rogue's gallery of contributors to date : Janice Barbour, Sat Shri, Carol Smith, Rosalee Stockwell, Kathy, Merry, Mr. Bad Example, Katherine Hidalgo, John and Kathy Dudley, Nancy and Tom Henderson, Gordon, Janet and Ned Stock ( who helped me out on my initial visit to Dr. Feigenbaum), Renee Bouck, Susan Juetten, Gene McHugh, Martin Miller, Paul and Sandy Otellini, David and Cindy Coverdale, Dennis Zelkowski and Donna Ravitz , Paul and Vanessa Czopek, Barbara Czopek, Matthew O'Brien, Fithian Jones, Julie and Joe Snyder, Gayle Robinson, Kathy Schwerin, Doug Rogers, Craig Bonds, Mike and Jude Czopek, Jack and Carol Christenson, Laurie West, Gayle Robinson, and 23 anonymous donors.
A note about our anonymous donors: It has been wonderful to know the generosity of good people whom I have never met. Although I know everyone's name who has donated, some have chosen to remain publicly anonymous. Over the course of the last several months 23 such new friends have given via the YouCaring website, having seen my story there or seen a YouTube video that Kirsten Dirksen, (a very talented video documentary artist based in Spain) created on my humble Airstream trailer. It has gotten over 90,000 hits so far. Ha! She was great in adding some text to the video with a couple of sentences about my situation and directing people to the YouCaring site. Thank you, Kirsten.
Much love and a Happy New Year,