Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Thank you to my Kent, Washington HS friends!

My best friends from Jr. High and High School (Kentwood High School in Kent, WA), Janelle Brebner Reber and her husband Todd, and Loni Gieseking Syltebo, organized and held a fundraiser in my honor while I was away in Reno.

On Sat., Jan. 26th at 630pm, Todd and Janelle hosted a "Pass the Hat" fundraiser for my cancer treatment at their house in Kent, and they invited our school friends. They served appetizers, desserts and drinks and hosted a Casino Night. They also showed a slideshow (Todd and Janelle - please send me a copy!). Some people attended the fundraising party, and some people just sent in donations which Janelle collected and delivered to my house here in Beaverton, Oregon, along with a big poster signed by all the attendees and many sweet and thoughtful cards, notes and messages (now that I have your phone number Janelle T, I'm going to call you!).

I need to thank the following people:

Janelle (Brebner) and Todd Reber
Loni (Geisking) Syltebo
Janelle Thorsland
Alison Bogar
Emily Patzman Swanson
Hilary Hoover
Rich Campbell
Jennifer Smith
Mike Perrin
Drew Perrin
Tracy Holt
Kenny Brebner
Ryan Jutte (Kentridge HS)
Kara Burton
Nancy Tibke
Scott Rowe
Dale and Sherry (Ness) Wilson
Anonymous
Bill Crook (Kent Meridian HS)
Tom Barber
Stacy Cochran
Joe Ness
Tami (Wilkerson) and Geoff Dunning
Craig Helton
Rick Gype
Whitey Benson

Together they raised $4,000 to go towards my cancer treatments! Isn't that amazing?

I am so totally touched. I am at a loss for words to express my gratitude. There are no words befitting enough to convey what my heart feels. Thank you all for taking the time, energy to attend and/or contribute to the fundraiser. Thank you for your generosity,thoughtfulness and spirit. Thank you for your words of encouragement and hope. Thank you for the memories that each of you brought back to me. Fond memories of the good ole days back in Kent and beyond. Thank you for being my friend throughout the years, in good times and bad. Thank you for opening your hearts and touching mine. Thank you for caring and making me feel so very special and loved. It means the world to me and makes all of the differnce in this battle. To have all of you in my corner and on my team as I go to war each and every day. Thank you.

I hope to see you all at our 30 year reunion so I can give each and every single one of you and big fat hug!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo (I totally don't want to be one of those people in the photo displays on the side, "In Memory Of...").

Please feel free to send me an email shaunaimmel@verizon.net . I'd love to thank you each individually as well and to keep in contact and catch up. Send me your snail mails too! I'll send you a 2007 Christmas card since they haven't gone out yet! LOL

xoxox
Shauna aka Scrawna/Scrabby/Scrappy to some of you (who have tortured me for years with those! I haven't decided yet if I've forgiven you!)

7 comments:

Paris said...

That is so totally cool... kudos to Janelle and Loni for organizing that! Your army keeps getting bigger and bigger... how cool is that?? Love, p

Laura Nicholas said...

Oh wow - that is awesome. Way to go Janelle and Loni. Shauna - you have so much love and support around you - how can you not win this fight. 30 year reunion???? You will be there for your 50th!

That is just amazing....
Laura

Anonymous said...

You have so many awesome friends...that says a lot about you Shauna! yeah friends! yeah Shauna!

Jaci

Bronwyn said...

Just stopping by to say Hi have been reading your blog for a while now linked by Nic Howard NZ wanted to let you know what an awesome inspiring lady you are and that our thoughts are with you

Jane said...

Hi Shauna,

I have not seen you in a long while but I think of you every day - and BTW - your writing is very touching and beautiful. You are quite a woman Shauna.

Love, Jane

JO said...

Hi Shauna: Aren't school friends just the best?! I have always considered them family since we grew up together. I am sure there are so many people that you aren't even aware of that are cheering for you and are in your army. You are loved by so many people and you are so deserving. You give so much of yourself to everyone else. It is such a privilege to know you. Good luck with your scan tomorrow. You look great and are feeling good so I am sure it will be good. Anyone who walks 10,000 steps a day has to be doing great! Love ya, JO

laura said...

oh my gosh - that is so amazing! i know that it must make you feel a whole lot of love around you!! :)