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
Emily Patzman Swanson
Ryan Jutte (Kentridge HS)
Dale and Sherry (Ness) Wilson
Bill Crook (Kent Meridian HS)
Tami (Wilkerson) and Geoff Dunning
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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
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!)