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This afternoon, I went to go visit Joe at the hospital. I hadn't seen him for about a week, which is longest I've gone without seeing him since learning about his brain tumor. I'm glad I drove up to The City today to see him. Today was a good day. xlpharmacy.com

He was bright, alert, and cheery. Huge difference from last week, when he was reeling in pain in his chest from developing pneumonia, and he could barely move. He was talkative, and his eyes glowed.

I had one of the happiest moments that I've had in a long time today. Joe had a physical therapy session today (his brain tumor has caused him to have partial paralysis in the left side of his body), and he was able to sit up and support himself quite well. He got up and walked, with lots of strength! The happy moment came when he was on his way back to his room from the gym, he was still walking with lots of strength (believe me, this is an amazing accomplishment in comparison to last week), and I said, "Hey!" to him, with a big smile. What I got in return was a huge beaming grin and a "Hey!" in return as he walked towards me. It felt awesome... the highlight of my week.

Here's where I get to the "help a sister out" part of this blog entry:

I will be participating in the Bay Area Angel Adventure for the National Brain Tumor Foundation on 21 June, 2003. What is the Angel Adventure? It is a 5k walk along the San Francisco waterfront to raise funds to support brain tumor research. Click below to donate... no minimum!

Text link if the above button doesn't work for you

You can also snail mail donations if you desire.(unless you live in CA, don't snail mail me donations, since I'd probably receive it too late)

I am trying to raise at least $500 for the event. I would be ecstatic if I could raise more in Joe's name! Brother, could you spare a dime? Or a few? ;) I would really appreciate it as well if you can help spread the word with a link or two on your own blogs/sites. Feel free to swipe above button and link to this entry.

Thank you so much in advance. Let's show 'em!

comments

I couldn't change the amount of the donation, but I hope I'm the first of many!!!

transmitted by :: jozjozjoz :: on June 12, 2003 11:18 PM

Thanks for posting this, Courtney. Good luck on your goal.

transmitted by Gigamatt on June 13, 2003 05:19 AM

Can you skate this gig? I'll do it if you can skate the route...heck I may just do it anyway. That'd be fun!

transmitted by Compu-Kraut on June 13, 2003 10:19 AM

Thanks for sharing. I hope you reach your goal. I sent a few cents your way. Good luck. :D

transmitted by Laserone on June 17, 2003 06:59 PM

Sounds like a great day, and a good cause. Say, Courtney, are donations tax deductible? That'll make a difference, esp to those who might be inclined to give big.

transmitted by Jessica on June 18, 2003 07:28 AM
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