Which brings me to.... a big deal we had yesterday, including a full on press conference, to celebrate this:
JOR Foundation was established to keep the memory alive for Jake. But as it has grown and thrived, it has found such a deeper purpose! It is helping so many families of kids who have cancer. And true to its mission, we support any organization, as well, who gives to kids with cancer. Since receiving blood is a big, big deal when kids are going through chemo, supporting our local LifeShare Blood Center meets the criteria of our foundation's mission.
And so, yesterday, many from our board of directors, gathered to share in the celebration that was our presenting them with a sizeable donation. These are three of our little angels... Angie, a true worker bee! She is willing and ready to do ANYTHING she feels will forward the efforts of JOR. Dawn, who is pretty much heading up this year's 5k and who is a perennial runner for TEAMJAKE. And Veronicia, chairman of Shake 4 Jake, which you will be hearing lots about in the coming week, as Shake 4 Jake 2011 is at hand! It's next weekend, and I am expecting Dee, Cindy, Lindsay and maybe a few others to haul it on over here for the event!
There were some sweet volunteers who also showed up to show support for this great cause.
Don gave his talk about the mission of our foundation and how LIfeshare was vital to Jake and to so many kids from our area who needed blood.
These are a few of the representatives from Lifeshare who were deeply greatful for the gift.
The room was full of folks who came from all walks of the community to be present for this event.
There's Aunt Bonnie and PawPaw. (Sorry Bonnie. We can say you were praying!)
This is Don officially handing over our donation.
And the crew in a posed pic. Lord have mercy, I have huge boobs!
That's a little better! The arm across the body helps!
I suppose being at events where there are 400 donated cupcakes can't help in the "I wish I was skinnier" department!!