Monday, January 30, 2012

What I am needing today...

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Today, I am feeling like a rag that has been run through the wringer.  

On Saturday, I hosted a benefit for a friend of mine, Julie, 

who became paralyzed in a car accident last November.

She broke two vertebrae in her neck and now

 is wheel-chair bound with limited use of her arms and hands.

  There is only a 2% chance she will walk again.

She is 49 years old and prior to the accident, she had been 

a nurse, a student in a massage therapy program, a kayaker, a dancer, 

My friend,  Julie in her kayak

a mother, grandmother, a painter, a musician, and a baker. 

I spent the past two months coordinating this event, which included

food, a silent auction, and 6 hours of live music.  

The community really pulled together in a stunning show 

of support.

 Six hundred people attended and raised over $21,000--

not bad for an economically depressed, rural area!

Silly woman that I am, I neglected to take today off work

to allow myself time to recuperate.  

Saturday was like running a sprint for 14 hours straight.

My mom teased me about launching a second career as an event planner,

but I don't think I could do this type of work all the time.

I am glad to have been able to help Julie.  She has a long,

difficult road ahead of her, and she is facing this

challenge with grace and strength. 

Please send up a little prayer for her.

Have any of you undertaken a fundraising venture like this?

If so, I would love to hear your stories and the stories of those

whom your efforts benefitted.

Until next time...


  1. Anne, that is such a great success. Congratulations on raising so much money.

    Although her odds are 2% of walking, would you not buy a lottery ticket if your odds of winnign were 2%?

  2. Dear Anne,
    What a magnificent achievement....$21,000 is fantastic. Julie must be delighted. You must have worked so hard to acheive that amount and, I can imagine that you are now feeling drained. Make sure that you take some time for yourself this evening.
    It's a terrible thing that has happened to your friend but at least you have made the journey a little easier for her.
    Although it was hard work you can be very proud of the result. Much love. XXXX

  3. Anne, what a wonderful thing you did for your lovely friend. I will keep you both in my thoughts.

  4. What a beautiful thing you have done for your friend.


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