Yeah it’s a beg for money. Not claiming I won’t say some funny or wildly inappropriate crap on the way to the big ask, but at the end of the day, I’m asking for a donation. The beauty in this deal is I won’t be calling you at dinner time, hiding behind a caller ID that masks my true identity as a solicitor, and I’m not some obscure charity.
Nope this one is all too real and all too personal.
This is my little sister Kathy. We call her The Warden. She’s the youngest of the 8 of us but for some reason when you say, “You’re not the boss of me” and she replies “Yes I am” – you believe her. Hence The Warden. Anyway, last year she was diagnosed with breast cancer. So far she’s kicking cancer in the ass. She is a survivor.
This is my brother-in-law Bob. He’s one of the nicest, kindest guys you will ever meet. Never stops working. Works a little too hard if you ask me, but hey I think we’ve established my laziness already. Bob is also a pet/baby whisperer. Not kidding. Bob can calm any animal, any baby. They all take to him immediately. He really is a regular Dr. Doolittle and whatever the equivalent for kids would be. Bob was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma (ALL) in 2010. He has been kicking cancer’s ass for a while now. He is a survivor too.
Now beside the cool nicknames and the survivor thing, they have another thing in common. They are the Lilliputians of our family. They’re tiny. Those pictures aren’t to scale, they’re life size. (not really) As it turns out, the smallest amongst my giant family, (8 kids, 7 spouses, 10 grandkids) happen to be the biggest ass kickers.
This small person/big ass kicker thing might be a new evolution of the human species. Read here for an incredible story of a another pint sized woman who has been beating cancer about the head and face since she was like 11. Lisa Haffner is something special. I continue to be amazed by this women’s will and fortitude. Read her blog: little lisa lollipop
The other commonality The Warden and The Kid Whisperer share is they both decided to take their survivor-ability on the road. They started a team to raise funds and awareness. Their first Relay for Life event is June 14-15 in Linwood, New Jersey.
And yeah we have arrived at the moment.
The big ask.
The gratuitous beggin for your hard earned greenbacks.
Go to my sister Kathy’s Relay for Life web site and donate if you feel the urge: Kathy’s Krew If you see the same picture of her in that smart looking hospital gown, you’re in the right spot. She has set a goal of 5 large, or $5,000 for you non street people. The team is half way there. This reminds me, she’s also a Bon Jovi stalker so you might see her quote some of his musical offerings on her page; another indicator you are on the correct web site.
Frank’s Place has already ponied up 50 bones, (again, a street term for money). Don’t be left behind. Drop a few nickels in the tip jar and join two of the smallest ass kickers I know in the fight against cancer.
They ought to put that on the t-shirt: Kathy’s Krew – Ass Kickers for Hire.
I’d wear one.