May 30, 2014 5K was an amazing success!

There are really no words to express the thanks for the love and support shown by our Bay Road Beach friends and neighbors.  We had beautiful weather, a great turnout, delicious home brewed beer and a lot of laughs.  Although Megan and Karen Newcomer did the majority of the planning, there are too many friends to even mention who helped make the 5 K a huge success – so i just want to say a huge THANK YOU to EVERYONE who came, ran, walked, hugged me and wished me well!!!

Race highlights:  Sari came in first, of course.  Jonathan dove over the finish line in second place.  Greg gracefully limboed into third.  Molly Franklin was the fastest kid on the block!  The biggest surprise for me was the festive lemonade stand on the beach!  Molly, Maeve, Ellie, Lily, Emily and Molly sold lemonade, water and coffee.  They donated all their proceeds to a worthy cause – ME!  These kids are amazingly wonderful to me every summer.  They visit and chat, take the puppies on walks and help me walk on the beach too!  Thank so much to the Bay Road kids and their parents who taught them well : )

At the end of the weekend, a trained professional gave me a haircut in preparation for my trip.  I was expecting a short buzz cut, but he had other ideas : )  Thank you to my son, Jonathan!

I  am almost halfway to my fundraising goal and I’m leaving in two weeks.  Am I a little concerned?  You bet I am! Help!  Time to put on your fundraising thinking caps.  Allie Prout has been brainstorming and has reached out to others for their support.  She has been  a great help to me already, and now is coordinating a bake sale/SnoBall fundraiser as part of the Marina Day Celebration at the Jabin Yacht Yard in Annapolis!

My suitcase is out and I’ve started packing.  Thank goodness there have been many people who’ve had HSCT all over the world and there are packing lists for me to peruse.  I’m trying to just pack the essentials….50 lbs of essentials!

I would also to thank everyone for their donations!  It is very heartwarming to receive checks, cash, paypal donations and warm loving wishes from friends, family, neighbors, patients who have had or are planning on having HSCT, complete strangers who’ve read my blog, the grandma of a friend of a family friend, the man that got me a rollator through my insurance plan, and patients who know Adam  from Annapolis Family Physical Therapy where he works as an aide.  Every time he goes to work or I go to physical therapy, there is an envelope waiting with donations for me : )
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Here are some of the photos from the 5K in Bethany Beach, DE and my latest haircut!


Lemonade stand on the beach!

Lemonade stand on the beach!

Sari came in 1st place!

Sari came in 1st place!

Lucy waiting with me at the finish line.


Bay Road kids : )


That’s Lucy and Desi on my lap!




Everyone got to cross the finish line!


Modified, dignified Danaland!


















May 10, 2014 Yoga+Happy Hour+Auction=Successful


43 people came for Yoga!

Thank you so much Holly Cotton for leading a wonderful yoga class!  Everyone loved it!
We were a close group : )
Shipley’s Clubhouse was a perfect venue for the evening!  There was enthusiastic bidding on the auction items.  McCarl Dental  Group was so generous to offer the same deal for the top 3 bidders for the in home teeth whitening kit!
The auction and raffle was a tremendous success thanks to a team of hardworking helpers who gave their time and energy to help me.  I seem to always be running low on both!  Kathleen, John, Sue, Harriet and Adam helped the evening run smoothly.  We raised $4750 at the event!   I appreciate everyones encouragement and support.  Thank you to  those who helped  with the set up and clean up.  It was a long night, but it was a lot of fun : )
We’ve officially raised over one third of what I will need for my treatment and expenses!


Joanna shows off her new dress donated by Roll Up’N Dye!

Still looking for a venue for a tie dye event.  All I need is 200 children/adults and room for a few tables.
If anyone knows a school or any group who might be interested in a fun afternoon, please let me know!

May 6, 2014 Yoga Class + Happy Hour + Auction

YOGA FLYER +Our first real fundraiser is fast approaching!  Special thanks to everyone who has already purchased tickets.  The ticket purchasing site had a few glitches, but all is well once again.  We have many wonderful donated auction items and everything is set and ready to go for a fun night.  Sari, Jonathan’s girlfriend, came this weekend from NYC to help me get ready for the auction.  None of my children were around, but Sari worked so hard all weekend long with me.  Adam spent the day at Glen Echo Park’s family day helping out one of our sponsors, Roll Up’N Dye.

I’d really like to thank all of the local merchants and corporate sponsors who donated items and gift certificates to help make the auction night possible.

Thank you so much corporate sponsors and our wonderful local merchants!

McCarl Dental Group – Millersville & Greenbelt
Under Armour
Hellas – Veteran’s Hwy – Millersville
Justine Mc Knight Honey
Roll Up‘N Dye
Imprinted Sportswear – Veteran’s Hwy – Millersville
Environmental Auto Services, Headquarters Drive, Millersville
UPS, Northway Shopping Center – Millersville
Northway Liquors – Millersville, MD
Haircuttery – Northway Shopping Center – Millersville
Pat’s Hallmark – Northway Shopping Center – Millersville
Village Wine and Spirits, Waugh Chapel
Noah’s Ark – Millersville
Fieldstone Animal Inn – Obrecht Rd, Millersville
Bow Tie Movie Theatre
Ledo’s Pizza – Veteran’s Hwy – Millersville
Benfield Wine & Spirits, Veteran’s Hwy, Millersville
Squisito’s, Severna Park
Olde Tyme Barbershop, Severna Park
Blooming Baskets, Millersville
Caitlyn Manley Photography
Sid Jacks Photography
Giant – Glen Burnie

Please come to the Yoga Class/Happy Hour/Auction this Friday and bring your friends!  I’ve officially recovered from the yard sale and my unfortunate fall a few days later.  I hope to be walking much better again soon.

I’m still overwhelmed by all the donations coming in from the YouCaring website, my blog’s paypal account, checks and cards coming in the mail, and the generous patients/anonymous donators leaving me envelopes at Annapolis Family Physical Therapy where Adam works as a PT aide.  Thank you so much for all the donations large and small!

40 days and counting until I leave!  After the auction, I’m getting my suitcase out : )