[Kristen, I love you. ]
I do this 24-hour endurance ride every year to collect donations and motivate my friends and family to support the cancer community. I’m proud to offer you the opportunity to give money or exercise some philanthropy in memory of late wife Kristen, who died from brain cancer in 2003.
Please consider making a tax deductible secure online donation. 501 (c)3. Tax ID = 20-3768277. The net proceeds from your tax deductible donation supports Lance Armstrong Foundation (50%) and Carolina charities (50%) like the Keep Pounding Fund at Carolinas Medical Center and the Brain Tumor Fund For The Carolinas
I’ve been specifically training for the ride during June and July to ride strong for your donation. I can do it; MOTIVATE ME.
Please consider sending me some words of inspiration or sharing your philanthropic endeavors with me.
Ways to help cancer patients in your area:
Like to party? Great Urban Race needs marshalls to support St. Judes.
Considering pre-med? Buddy Kemp puts teens, 14-18, to work.
Work that door. Blumenthal needs greeters
Pick a lock. Hospice needs volunteers to cut hair.
Yo, Collecting for Jimmy Help the Jimmy Fund Pass the Hat
‘Run’ the race St. Jude needs course marshalls on 79 St.
Be Pink and Green Promote the Susan G Komen at the Farmers’ Markets
A great position. Help the In the Pink Yogis on Sept 10th
House Party? 6 hours a month at 20 room house for TCH
One more thing:
Kristen lost the ability to speak but remained cognizant (aphasia) during the final 3 months of her life. I completely misunderstood her affliction. I truly regret my assumptions of her comprehension. She spoke to me just before she passed and answered questions I had asked weeks ago, a true final gift. In the event that a friend or loved one losses the ability to speak from a brain tumor, stroke or accident, it would be helpful to :
* Simplify language by using short, uncomplicated sentences.
* Repeat the content words or write down key words to clarify meaning as needed.
* Maintain a natural conversational manner appropriate for an adult.
* Minimize distractions, such as a loud radio or TV, whenever possible.
* Include the person with aphasia in conversations.
* Ask for and value the opinion of the person with aphasia, especially regarding family matters.
* Encourage any type of communication, whether it is speech, gesture, pointing, or drawing.
* Avoid correcting the person’s speech.
* Allow the person plenty of time to talk.
* Help the person become involved outside the home. Seek out support groups such as stroke clubs.
The 'In Memory of Kristen Weaver' team is a proud sponsor of the Donald Haack Diamonds Cycling Team.