Sunday, May 3, 2009
Take Me to the River
It could not have been a better day. Everyone was there. Old friends, new friends, family, doctors, dachshunds, nurses, colleagues, kids, good paddlers, great paddlers, and Ann and Ruth. Everyone.
There was a little rain, a little sunshine, great sandwiches, amazing cookies, and a lot of love. Love for the outdoors but mostly for life.
It was a stellar effort by Amy Waggoner and Laura Sidelinger with great support from the city of Roswell. Speaking of Roswell, tucked snug and dry in a compartment in my boat was the following:
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
LUNG CANCER AWARENESS DAY
WHEREAS, Lung cancer takes the lives of more Americans each year than breast, prostate, colon, liver, and kidney cancers combined; and
WHEREAS, Former smokers and people who have never smoked comprise the majority of new cases of lung cancer each year; and
WHEREAS, Seventy percent of new lung cancer cases will be diagnosed at late stage, with a 5 year survival rate of 15%; and
WHEREAS, Early lung cancer diagnosis and management protocols exist, yet have not been embraced as the standard of care; and
WHEREAS, Funding for lung cancer research falls far short of funding for research on other, less fatal diseases.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JERE WOOD, as Mayor of the City of Roswell, do hereby proclaim May 2, 2009 as LUNG CANCER AWARENESS DAY in the City of Roswell, and urge all citizens to do what they can to educate themselves and protect their families.
In witness whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and seal this 2nd day of
MAYOR JERE WOOD
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