Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Whether as a generous donor, a worker bee or a hungry dinner guest...THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU...
The proceeds and donations from Saturday night's spaghetti supper exceeded our greatest expectations and brought in close to $2000 for the Groh family. Amazing.
In addition to the financial success, we had another 15 folks enter the Marrow Donor program. One step closer to finding Susan's ideal match...
This past Saturday was a shining bright spot for Warwick Fire Fighters Soccer Club. Club president, Doyle Byrd, prides himself on running a "compassionate" club that really cares for its members needs. It's obvious that other folks in our club understand his outlook. Players, board members and coaches were everywhere. Steve Symonds, assistant coach extraordinaire, sang his heart out!
A special thank you to all the folks who rallied from Susan's neighborhood and close circle of friends. Karen DeFelice worked her magic in bringing in some fabulous items for our Silent Auction. I think we created some artistry with the baskets that yielded HUGE returns.
Finally, it was great to see Susan, our guest of honor. Her smiling face spoke volumes. Dressed all in yellow, she reminded me of a bright shining star.
I am sure she will continue burning bright with all the love and support she is receiving.
Isn't that what it's all about?
Friday, May 18, 2012
Gift cards galore, wine baskets and busy baskets for the kiddos...
Last minute gold circle donations...$100 gift cards to Capital Grille x 2 and luscious jewelry from Ross Simons.
Hope you can make it!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
- Harness the power of social media...
Send the link to this blog to everyone you know. It's pretty simple by just clicking the icons at the very bottom of this post.
Tweet, post and share on Facebook, text all your phone contacts, email your friends - spread the word!
- Please buy a ticket - sooner than later (so we can plan appropriately)
We will have three seatings @ 4, 5 or 6 pm - and a take-out window.
Adults (12&over): $7
Kids (3-12) & Seniors - $5
Kids under 3 - FREE
*We have limited seating so please by your tickets as soon as possible to be assured of your first seating choice.
You can purchase tickets by using the link above this posting for PayPal. Or if you would like to pay by check, you can mail your check to:
c/o Spaghetti Supper
PO Box 8605
Warwick, RI 02888
(please be sure to indicate your name, choice of seating and number of guests)
- Donate a new item or gift card for our silent auction baskets
We have already received a handful of items for our baskets (family four-pack of tickets to New England Aquarium, an overnight hotel stay, a Lowe's gift card, some nice bottles of wine, a Kuerig brewer).
We need more!
Beach toys, towels, gardening tools, outside toys, arts and crafts items, a stay at your family's vacation home, sporting event tickets - all great ideas!
Please bring your items to Winslow Field on any Saturday - or email me and I can arrange for pick-up.
I will be looking for volunteers as the date approaches. Please let me know if you are available via email. Set-up, food serving, hosting, table setting, guest check-in - just a few of the many tasks that will need smiling faces!
Please do not hesitate to email me, Stephanie Riemer-Meunier, with any questions. Please use the firstname.lastname@example.org email.
Thanks! See you at the supper...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
There was a non-stop line of people from moment the drive kicked off at 8:30 a.m until the marrow program closed up shop at 1:00 p.m. - a full half hour later than scheduled to accommodate all of the people who supported the effort marrow drive effort.
Highlights of the day included:
- The entire Lesley women's soccer team showing up to support Sarah (a Lesley alum) by joining the registry
- Scouts from local packs and troops dressed in uniform to keep things running smoothly
- Warwick Firefighter Soccer Club volunteers organizing the event and encouraging soccer families to participate in the drive
- Sue's special visit at the fence - and a huge greeting from all of her fans
- An unbelievable outpouring of support from a caring community
Next up? The spaghetti supper fund raising dinner on May19th!
Lots of people approached me to ask how they could help...stayed tuned for a bunch of ways that YOU can pitch in.
Friday, April 20, 2012
A woman in great spirits awaiting her marrow match?
Spring Saturday morning with a promise to be rain-free?
Educational programs presented by the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society of RI?
A ton of friends and volunteers stepping up to make the day a huge success?
The Mayor of Warwick in attendance to show his support?
The most important person...YOU...at the drive tomorrow?
Hoping we can put a check there, too.
We are ready for a hugely sucessful day for Susan tomorrow. Everyone who joins the Marrow Donor program tomorrow will enjoy a complimentary treat, courtesy of Dave's Marketplace. Every new entrant into the program will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two lunch or dinner certificates generously donated by Panera Bread.
We will also be selling tickets for our May 19th spaghetti supper between the hours of 9 am to 11 am. Stop by the table, reserve your spot and pay with cash, credit or check payable to WFFSC.
I spoke with Susan today. She was hoping to attend but her blood work shows she probably should keep a low profile. Jack and the kids will be there. If you see them, be sure to say hello.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
It does sound scary and marrow is a pretty amazing part of our bodies located inside our bones.
The scary part is not knowing exactly what's involved with being a bone marrow donor...
What's it all about?
Bone marrow, simply put, makes cells that keep our blood healthy and help us fight off any sickness that might come along. When a person's bone marrow gets "sick" with leukemia, the cells stop working the way they should. There are different types of leukemia. Each type can require a different approach.
Susan Groh has AML - acute myeloid leukemia - and her marrow just isn't acting the way it should. The doctors want to replace her not-so-good marrow cells with some beautiful, healthy marrow cells. But - she needs a match...someone who's cells will get along with the make-up of Susan's body.
The test to see if you're a match?
Painless. Just a cotton swab along the inside of your cheeck.
Where could you do the test?
The Marrow Donor Program is coming to Winslow Soccer field on April 21st! 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
The cost to you? ZERO
Bring your health insurance card and ID. Most health insurance plans cover the test and if your coverage doesn't, there is a fund that will cover your costs.
What if you are THE match?
80% of the time the cells can be donated through a procedure that is similar to a blood donation and can take place at the blood center.
This donation method is the one that Susan's doctor has indicated is the most likely option for her.
20% of the time, the procedure takes place in medical facility...
With either approach, recovery is less than one day.
One day of your life to possibly give thousands of days to Susan's life.
Please come to Bone Marrow Drive on the 21st.