Monday, October 4, 2010

The Komen Scoop

Hi Everyone!
We had such a lovely weekend with Nick's mom, Virginia, here.  It was much different and a hell of a lot better (for all of us) than her visit five months ago when I'd just had surgery.  I've got some photos to post and a few revelations to share, but first, I need to provide some important Komen Race for the Cure information.  I promise to get back to the nit and grit in a day or so.

I am astonished to announce that our team "Oh Pat and Kiki" has raised over $5,400 and we have nearly 150 people signed up to join us race day.  Are you kidding me?  This is way beyond what we expected.  Thank you everyone!!  Please know that you can still sign up for the race on-line through Tuesday, October 5th at noon.  Or, you can always register on race day at the race itself in downtown Phoenix.

The following information was provided by our dedicated team captain, Marcy Mills.  She's one of the bestest friends a gal could ever have.  We love you Marcy!

Team "Oh Pat and Kiki" ---Komen Race is this Sunday, 10.10.10! 

Here is some information about team t-shirts and where/when the team will meet.  Get this, beyond exceeding our fundraising and participation goals, we also won a team award for most "Kids for the Cure".  Cool!

Team T-Shirts!
Andy Mersiowsky’s (Pat's husband) company - Prime Lending - very generously sponsored our team t-shirts! We’ll hand them out at the Valley Ho gathering on Saturday evening, or we can give it to you Sunday morning at the meeting spot. If instead you’d like to pick up your shirt on Saturday sometime, you may e-mail me and we can arrange a time (they’ll be near Central/Northern). If you registered your kids, we did order youth sizes too.  My email:

Sunday Meet Place/Time
Meet at the "Teams Area" by 7:45a.m. This area will be arranged alphabetically, so look for "O." Our team is doing the 5K walk at 8:40am, but will meet earlier so that we can take a team photo, and make sure we’re all assembled before the walk start time. Other race day activities, such as the Survivors Parade, start early at 6:30am, then other races follow ... so please allow enough time for parking and shuttles to the race area. The registration site has specific information about the available nearby parking lots.  Click here for race day maps, parking and shuttle details.  If you live near the light rail, that is a good option and there are Komen shuttles from downtown to the race area.

Saturday Evening at the Valley Ho 6pm-8pm
We’re getting together for cocktails at the Valley Ho on Saturday evening.  Click here for Valley Ho location information.  Kristin and Pat will both be here, so it’s a great chance to connect with them before all the race hoopla on Sunday morning. When you walk into the lobby, the bar is straight ahead, and we have an area reserved to the immediate right. For UA fans, fear not because the bar has a TV and you can check the Cats score. Also, if you didn’t sign up for the team or for whatever reason can’t come to the race on Sunday, please join us Saturday evening anyway - the more the merrier!

Team Donations
Many people have e-mailed saying they were unable to be part of the race day, but wondered how they could participate and help the team. If you’d like, you can donate any amount of money via the Komen registration web page by clicking on "sponsor a participant" in the "Visitors" portion. Click here to do that.  You can type Pat or Kristin’s name, or you can make a general team donation. Thanks!

Hi- it's me again, did you miss me?  Yes, it's been a lot of work to organize this event and we are so grateful to sweet Marcy.  She's been doing all this finagling from San Francisco and arrives on Wednesday.  I can't wait to give that lady a big big hug.  

I can't say enough to thank everyone who donated and/or is participating in the race on Sunday.  In addition to the financial support to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in helping find a cure for this insipid disease, you are giving Pat and me emotional support that is over the moon.  Knowing that all you care enough to spend your money, brave the crowds and just show up to show your love, is an inspiration without comparison.  From the tops and bottoms of our hearts, thank you.


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