Letter from David Newton, Director
January 3, 2011
Greetings friends of Peter s FUNd Racer,
Although I know many of you have already reserved your accommodations for our 12th annual event (wow does time fly!!!) this e-mail will serve as a reminder that we are booked and raring to go over the weekend of March 4th, 2011. We have been on a roll the last few years with deep snow and sunny skies and I expect the same for this year. All the familiar details will be on the website; plan on the welcome cocktail party Friday night, ski race and lunch on Saturday, and dinner and dancing that night.
I will not give you all the details of our charitable contributions to date until we get together in March. I also have a very cool announcement to make that night. (For a hint, think of the #1 and a bunch of 0's.)
With all the good we have accomplished over the years, there is still so much to do. Too many good people are still losing the fight against cancer. Last year at our event I read a letter from one of our board members, and very dear friend, Stephen Price, about his brother's fight. As you can see from Priceless' e-mail below, the last couple of months have not gone well. Call me crazy, or an over the top optimist, but I think I see more things in his note to celebrate than to be sad about. How many people out there can say they had 55+ years with someone they love so much?
I guess my point is, we will keep doing what we can to help cancer patients live a better, and longer, life. In the meantime, count your blessings and celebrate what is good in your lives. Most of us have so many reasons to be thankful.
Thank you for everything you have done for me and Peter's FUNd Racer. I hope you had a great holiday and I wish you lots of good health and happiness in 2011.
From: Stephen Price [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Many of you are aware that my Brother Jeffrey has been in a tough battle with Pancreatic Cancer. He has been putting up the most amazing fight for the past 18 months. Those of you who have had a loved one in a similar fight know what I mean by that. Today our Mom and I checked him into the Fisher Home. It is the Hospice Home here in Amherst, MA. Difficult at best to bring your brother to a place you know he will not be walking out of. Such a roller coaster of emotions. The simple act of walking around the yard of the house where we grew up caused a flood of memories of the games of catch, playing football, cutting the grass, riding bikes, sitting around the fire pit and just growing up.The memories were of all the things that brothers and I guess sisters do but keep only to themselves. Good stuff.
But he is now in a place where his pain is controlled not only by him but around the clock staff. He is surrounded by a group of people who have known him for less then 24 hours but already express their love for him. He looks tired but not beaten. He is worried about how all of his family will be. But he lights up when his grand daughters and my little girl come in his room. It is then I see that sparkle in his eye that reassures me all is OK.
He has said he is good with his life. He is fine with dying, just a little nervous about the transition stage. He seems calm and at peace.
I am here for another couple of days and will say my true goodbyes. I have been blessed to know him, share a room and bunk bed as kids and to simply love him. While I will miss him I will always love to remember how he lived.
Thanks for letting me share my brother with you.
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