El Dorado County is at it again!

The support for Patty over the past year has been amazing.  From the initial cancer diagnosis, through the mastectomy, through chemotherapy and even today!

 Two weeks ago we traveled to our old stomping grounds in the Lake Tahoe and Placerville areas of Northern California.  Our first stop was the office Patty retired from a year ago… the El Dorado County Department of Child Support Services.  As I said in an earlier post…

 We walked through the security door.  People heard Patty’s voice and immediately came to the front of the office and showered her with love, hugs and tears!  It was so obvious to me how much these people truly care about her!”

 If you’ve followed this blog from early on, you’ll remember these women (and a few men) from that office raising over $600 in Patty’s name for cancer research through the Susan Komen “Pink for the Cure.”  I remember both of us being so touched and humbled by their effort!  It was amazing!

 We have a very close friend named Becky.  Patty first met Becky when she went to work for the El Dorado County Dept. of Child Support Services as Becky was her immediate supervisor.  Over the years their relationship grew from a boss/subordinate relationship into a very close friendship and beyond!

 As you know by now, Patty is in the process of raising money to walk in the Susan Komen 3-day Race for the Cure in November of this year.  The entry fee/goal is to raise $2,300.00.  Patty just passed 50% of that goal and is sitting somewhere around $1,180.00 raised.  

 Well, Becky is up to her tricks… she has put together a fundraiser at the office to support Patty in her efforts to participate in the 3-day Race for the Cure.  Take a look at the display in the office…

Becky is holding a raffle of a Harry and David gift box of “munchies.” 

The drawing will be held on April 20th! 

It’s ironic.  The Susan Komen website is the first one Patty research when she was diagnosed with cancer.  The website was so helpful to her, as well as I.  She feels so good to be involved in raising money for this organization and even more so with help from all her friends!  Becky told Patty this will be the first of many fund raisers to come!

Becky… Thank you!  You’re the best!

Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure – Patty can use your help!

As you’re well aware by now, in June 2010, Patty was diagnosed with breast cancer. To say it was devastating news to both of us is putting it lightly.  She had a mastectomy in July and then went through six rounds of chemotherapy, the last infusion was in mid-December 2010. Her battle isn’t over yet as she still has regular appointments with her oncologist, pulmonary specialist and reconstruction surgeon.  Needless to say, it’s been a rough year but with the help of our family and friends and other breast cancer survivors, she was able to get through treatment and is now looking forward to a healthy 2011.

Back in November, Patty had registered for the 2010 Susan G. Komen 5k Race for the Cure which was a warm-up to the 3-Day event.  She really looked forward to attending that event as a spectator, however having a chemo infusion just six days before, kept her from attending.  Patty made a promise at that time that once she was feeling good, she would register for the Komen 2011 3-Day so she could do her part to contribute to finding a cure for this terrible disease.  Patty has said “As a mother and grandmother I will do anything to prevent my daughters and granddaughters from getting breast cancer.”

Last years 3-Day was just amazing. These women walked 60 miles over a three-day period, most of the time in the pouring rain. The rain didn’t faze these warriors as they carried on with a purpose!  We watched the closing ceremonies on TV where there were thousands of women, gathered together, celebrating their victory!  Just amazing!

I can’t tell you how excited Patty is to participate in this event.  You know, there’s always room for others to join and walk it with her!!!  The more the merrier! 

As with every good cause, there’s always a catch. Patty must raise $2300.00 to participate in this event.  (Her personal goal is to raise $3000.00.)  This is where you come in!  Any donation of any amount will help her towards her goal.  We’re asking for your support as she takes this amazing journey in the fight to end breast cancer! As I had said, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure® is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days.  Net proceeds from the 3-Day for the Cure are invested in breast cancer research and community programs.

Please click on the link below to make your donation:


The 3-Day isn’t  until November.  This gives Patty time to train for the walk as well as raise money.  I’ll keep you posted on her progress.

Thank you for your support!

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Today was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in San Diego.  Patty had registered herself and I on the website and planned to attend.  However, after the turn of events the last couple of days, plus Patty was is pretty fatigued today, we felt it best to stay home.  My daughter, Kristi, and her friend were going to meet us there as well as Patty’s sister, Dottie.  A few friends from work were also going.  They all went to represent  and support Patty. 

We watched part of the event on TV which was pretty moving.  There were over 18,000 people in attendance which is an incredible turnout!  Patty’s sister Dottie was funny… she emailed us pictures to us as the event progressed.  It was almost like we were there! 

This is the first email she sent:


Everyone was invited!

Pink was definitely the theme!

Pink everywhere!


The race started.

They’re going through Balboa Park.

Encouragement along the way!

Big hill at the end… looks like a lot of people are getting tired!

They finished!!!

We’re sorry we didn’t make it today as it was an event we’d planned for months!  But the :Adventures in Chemo”  had other plans.  Patty is wearing her “Race” shirt today!  It’s a “survivor” shirt!

We’ve already decided we’re doing it next year!  Patty says she’s going to run it!  Me… we’ll see.