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Unread 07-14-2003, 07:22 PM
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My oldest son is soon to embark on an incredible journey.
Jeff is 24 yrs old and just completed his second year of medical school at the Univ of Maryland. He is deferring his third year to ride his bicycle across the country and back. It will take him approximately nine months. Plus he plans on working for a few months in Calif. (to raise funds for the return trip) Along the way he will be making stops to educate people about ovarian cancer and raise awareness in general. His trip is also a mini fundraiser for Conversations Newsletter. (the international newsletter for women with ovarian cancer which frequently runs low on funding.)
Cindy Melancon, the creator of Conversations, recently passed away. But her husband Don, has assured Jeff that Conversations will continue.
Please take a minute to check out Jeff's web site, where hystersisters is mentioned. Click on download pamphlet and even see a picture of my family bald with me. Yeap, they all shaved their heads when mom did chemo.
How blessed am I with this family?????

PS If anyone would like a brochure, email me, I will be glad to send one to you.

oxoox karenann*****gton/
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Unread 07-14-2003, 07:48 PM
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This brought tears to my eyes. Your son is very handsome and what an incredible family picture! You must be so proud! What a tribute to you. He must be a truly incredible young man. It looks like he'll be passing through my neck of the woods--does he have an itinerary?
Unread 07-14-2003, 08:36 PM
Karen, how wondeful for your son to do

that!!! The web site made me cry! you must be so proud. Please send me a brochure. I would love to have on.
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Unread 07-14-2003, 08:46 PM
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That is so incredibly lovely! What a wonderful family you have, I must say that I'm not surprised that those around you are so terrific. Best of luck to your son on his trip!


P.S. If we lived in Phoenix my DH and I would love to host him for a meal as he passes by, but alas we are in Tucson.
Unread 07-14-2003, 08:57 PM
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Karenann.... how proud are you?? What a wonderful thing for your son to do. Let us know when he starts his journey.

Unread 07-14-2003, 09:15 PM
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You must be so proud. What a wonderful thing he is doing and a well deserved tribute to you!!
Unread 07-14-2003, 10:01 PM
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Karenann! I was so happy to finally be able to put a face with all those great posts! Thanks so much for sharing this! Can I forward to Gayle McKenna at the California Ovarian Cancer Coalition? Or would she already know about it?

I notice that Jeff will be heading through L.A. Please let him know that he is welcome to stay at my place as he passes through. I'm in West Hollywood and can PM you with my phone number and address. He's more than welcome. I would love to help in any way possible.

What a great family you have! I hope to be similarly blessed -- at least with the guy, and if he has a kid, that's just a bonus! -- someday soon.

Five chemos down, one more to go!
Unread 07-14-2003, 10:54 PM
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The family picture , whole website made me cry. what a wonderful son.
Unread 07-15-2003, 12:00 AM
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What an astonishing, ambitious journey! And yes, I will e-mail you my address for a brochure, please.

I work at a large hospital with a dedicated women's hospital attached (it alone is some 150 beds). We have an ovarian cancer support group which I was going to visit prior to my surgery. I'd love to get some brochures to them. Will he be visiting support groups throughout the country, or concentrating on the riding?

And do you get to be his support team? What a great way to spend some family time! It was great to put a face to a name, finally...

and I'll send you that address.


P.S. I live not far from SirenSong, so if he's connecting with any of us in Los Angeles, I'd love to know!
Unread 07-15-2003, 05:01 AM
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Hugs & Blessings to your son for doing this. What pride you must feel. I was inspired by the web site. Too bad his route is not Northern Illinois, I would be proud to welcome him.

Ruth S

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