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:


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
May, 2009.


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Ann said...

WHEREAS, Canoeing was fun, but for Ann and Ruth a one time only experience,
WHEREAS, Dash and Sammy Davis Jr Jr were the cutest canoeing dogs ever,
WHEREAS, We give a huge pat on the back to the organizers of the trip,
WHEREAS, We know that Elyse will win this battle.
With love,

Team Dream said...

Thanks also to Carole Babis, who didn't even know anyone from this crazy group, but has signed on to help us spread the word. Carole, you're amazing!

Patti Daniels said...

I'm sorry I missed meeting/seeing everyone! The Proclamation is Awesome!!

It's so good to see Elyse on the water, surrounded by those who love and support her.


Lenore and Scott said...

Kudos to Amy and her organizers. It was an awsomeBERG day. I think lung cancer got one hell of a paddling! There were many highlights in a great day, but the most impressive part was you. I am completely amazed by your strength and fortitude. It was great to see you having a good time and enjoying life with friends and family. I proclaim the need for more days like that!

I have to give a few shout outs:

David Alexander: You da bomb. Thanks for sharing.

Eric Robbins: It was our pleasure. She is a doll!

Fred: You're a nut.

Ruth and Ann: VERY impressive!

Shoot the Hooch: Great canoes!

sandplay said...

Whereas, you are loved!
Great to be on the water wth you.

Ann said...

Going into this weekend with a high school graduation....not sure if this is easier or canoeing is easier....though I think I vote for the graduation. Definitely more emotional,though!
I still think how much character I built on the river last weekend, and how much we helped eliminate this dreadful disease.
Keep up your strong fight!
And have a great mothers day. You have earned it.

Forrest said...

Sorry I had to miss it. Sounds like great fun. Hope you make it to the BBQ next Saturday.

Anonymous said...

Hi Elyse!

I'm so glad your river trip was such a great success. I have contacted a dear friend of mine who is in the entertainment business about your letter to Bruce Springstein. He said you should mail it to his manager at:

John Landau
80 Mason Street
Greenwich, CT 06830-5515

This particular friend did not want you to use his name. If you don't get a response, I have a couple of other friends in the biz that I can call. Hopefully this will work.

Jane Weil