My apologies for the delay in posting this. I thought I’d published it for everyone to see – but due to a faulty internet connection (from a certain ISP that shall rename nameless – but whose name rhymes with an LA baseball team), it seems I only THOUGHT I posted it.
The Aerobathon organizers would like to thank all those involved, the Instructors, the Vendors, the participants, the helpers, all those who donated without participating. Too many people to mention by name. But 2 exceptions need to be made. First her Worship Mayor Susan Fennell, because without her sponsorship the event could not have happened, and second the team of Maria and Victoria Benson for collecting $1960 in donations. Such an amazing effort deserves our special “Thank You”.
Thank you Tia! Everyone’s hard work – and sweat – this time literally – definitely paid off. $4751 was raised for Eric’s Fight!
Eric continues to do very well. His appetitie and weight are increasing.
We are optimistic, no positive – that the chemotherapy is doing it’s job. Eric would NOT even be taking this particular chemo ‘cocktail’ had your generous donations not covered the expense of the initial consultation in Texas – and the one to come in April.
And for that, Eric and family will never be able to say ‘thank you’ enough.
We are truly blessed.
Below are a few photos of the Aerobathon!
This morning, we met with Father Terry, Cardinal Leger’s Chaplain.
He said he had a check for us, but gave no hint or warning that it’s staggering amount would render us virtually speechless.
Combined with an earlier staff donation, Cardinal Leger has now raised over $12,000 for Eric’s Fight. In addition, we were presented with 2 banners (one 34 feet long that the staff and students had covered with signatures and supportive messages; truly inspiring. I’m glad I didn’t read it there as I’d have been a blubbering idiot). If I’m not able to post any of the pictures taken this morning, I’ll take a photo of it myself. It was also nice to meet a few of the students involved with the organizing of the fundraisers. Your time and energy is very much appreciated. Best of all, Eric was able to come with us, to thank everyone in person.
So, thanks again Cardinal Leger and Father Terry!
Eric’s last day of chemo (this round) is tomorrow. He seems to have tolerated this one a bit better than last – but it does make him very tired.
Thank you for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers.
Day 2 (of 4) – session 2 (of 3) went well.
The nurses are always kind and efficient – and today we very much enjoyed the company of a couple of fellow patients – shout out to Brad and Michael (a young man Eric’s age). We wish you both the very best – and good health (and know that WILL be accomplished due to your great attitudes and humour). We’ve met so many wonderful new people through this journey.
We’re not able to directly respond to messages posted on the Guestbook – but please know that they are read and greatly appreciated!
Dr Reingold has updated us that he’s applied to OHIP for ‘pre-approval’ for ‘out of country service’. This second application includes the same information as the last (the case studies documenting that surgery is the best approach for FHC whenever possible and a compelling appeal from Dr Reingold). Added to this request is the two letters from Dr’s Hart and Colborn (stating that they will not operate on Eric) – and letters from Dr’s Vauthey and Kaseb (at MD Anderson in Texas). I have not had the opportunity to read these letters as yet, but I assume they detail their considerable experience with FHC – and future plans for Eric’s treatment. Once the application is received, OHIP will render it’s decision within 15-20 days. As we have always been cautioned that chances for approval are slim, we will be disappointed (as opposed to surprised) if this is the case. And – thanks to the incredible generosity of those who’ve joined us on this journey – we are confident that funding for surgery will be available when (not if) Eric is eligible for it.
We continue to be humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support received.
As luck would have it, my Internet connection was down for a couple of days. Thankfully, a nice repairman has resolved the issue and I’m in the process of catching up on email, the guestbook etc.
A big shout out to everyone helping with – and participating in- today’s Aerobathon! Special thanks to Tia, Daniel and Liana! It would be redundant to thank you on behalf of Team Eric – as you’re such a big part OF Team Eric.
Eric continues to remain positive and grateful for the support. Tomorrow is bloodwork, followed by four days of chemo treatments Tuesday through Friday.
Thank you for keeping Eric in your thoughts and prayers!!