There’s a great man, a friend from long ago, a fellow Roy High Royal (my old high school alma mater). His name is Gar Ashby, and he is somewhat of a local music legend.
With a combination of his own volition and good nature and the support of the local community (more of the former, truth be told), Gar shares his cancer treatment journey on his blog: http://www.garashby.com/my-blog-2/
If you want to get a clear picture and an honest opinion about cancer and his treatment journey, Gar’s words are very compelling.
Although more than 1,000+ miles away, there’s not much I can do in terms of support or ‘being there’ for Gar. However, I can (just as those who are there, who can help in a tangible manner) support Gar in all his laudable efforts in his treatment journey.
The best/only way I can best help is to share Gar’s words via sharing his blog, so you can read/follow his journey, too.
On September 6, 2016, one of my HS Classmates and Friends passed away, far too soon.
Dale’s Online Memorial can be found at the following link: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=169730839
The good folks at OtherSide Lawn Care, LLC are doing great things in Morristown, TN in 2016!
Check out their website at http://othersidelawncarellc.com/welcome2016/
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
Rest in Peace, Dear Friend . . .
Obituary, Lindquist Mortuary
Birth: Aug. 11, 1965, Westfield (Hampden County), Massachussets, USA
Death: Sep. 3, 2015, Layton (Davis County), Utah, USA
Kathleen Anne Noonan Carr
August 11, 1965 ~ September 3, 2015 (age 50)
Kathleen Anne Noonan Carr Kathleen Anne Noonan Carr, our beloved Kate, passed away unexpectedly on September 3, 2015. She was born on August 11, 1965 to Barbara (Noonan) Bach and William T. Noonan in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Surviving are her two children, Riley and Hannah; her mother, Barbara Bach; brother, Daniel Noonan; and sisters, Peggy (James) Taylor and their sons, Shane and Austin, all of Utah; and Diane (David) Merrill, their sons Nathan and Connor of Vermont. She is also survived by special Aunts, Uncles and cousins in Utah, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her father and her beloved step-father, Jerry F. Bach.
Kate was a very kind-hearted, loving and devoted mother who adored her children. Her love of travel brought her to employment with Southwest Airlines, where she worked for many years. Special thanks to her colleagues and dear friends Wayne Lim and Georgia Hutching for the kindness and love shown to Kate, her children and family. Gratitude and appreciation to her extended family from URC and the Salt Lake station for their help and support as well. Kate had an easy, infectious smile whose beauty was matched by the sparkle in her blue eyes. Her generous spirit, determination and strength were an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.
A celebration of Kate’s life will be held at noon, October 24, 2015 at Mountain Road Church, 796 S. Mountain Rd., Fruit Heights.
Accounts for the children have been established at Goldenwest Credit Union; donations may be sent c/o Peggy Taylor at 2310 N 1125 E, Layton, UT 84040; or online at the Go Fund Me account, “Kate Carr’s Children’s Fund.”
On a personal note, I worked with Kate at Ernst Home Center in the Ogden City Mall Plaza during our high school years. We kept in touch while I was in college, even in grad school. Life took each of us on our paths, but we reconnected many years later while I was serving on active-duty military service. Then, as life often does, we lost touch for decades. Through Facebook, I found Kate again. It was great to ‘catch up’ and to learn where her life’s paths had led her and her children. Now, Kate is gone. Gone too soon.
I know I haven’t seen Kate in decades, but I know I will miss her forever!
Rob’s Caveman Year to Fight Pediatric Cancer: Alex’ Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer
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A Friend and Former Brother-in-Arms at the 10th Mountain Division made this pledge at the beginning of the the year 2015:
“I will not shave any part of my body for the entire year to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand.“
To learn more about Rob’s story, click this link: http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2015/08/04/voorhees-caveman-challenge-fights-childhood-cancer/31112341/
An impassioned Facebook post from thousands of miles away resonated with me on a very deep, personal level.
You see, family of a Disabled St. John’s, Newfoundland (Canada) man tried for a MONTH to have an illegally-parked car removed that was blocking ingress and egress to his driveway. Noting that blocked access means that this Disabled St. John’s Man’s life was unreasonably placed at risk because Emergency First Responders (e.g., Ambulance, EMS, Fire, Police, etc.) were also blocked from rendering aid to this Disabled taxpayer if he needed them.
In a word, this situation was egregious, unsafe, and it presented a clear and present danger.
The whole thing became mind numbing when a quick search of the City of St. John’s laws on the books since 2004 was clearly on point, and was clearly not being followed. So, I initiated an all-out Social Media campaign to raise awareness among, inter alia, the Mayor and the City Council Members, and to (hopefully) secure some immediate relief for this Disabled St. John’s taxpayer.
The outcome? In a few hours (literally), I received email(s) from City of St. John’s Deputy Mayor Ron Ellsworth indicating that he had personally (on a Sunday) stepped up, rolled up his sleeves, personally reached out to and contacted this Disabled St. John’s Taxpayer/His Family and confirmed that the illegally-parked vehicle had been towed.
However, I don’t consider my effort(s) done, not yet. I challenged City of St. John’s Deputy Mayor Ron Ellsworth to stick with this. I challenged him, Mayor Dennis O’Keefe, and the rest of the City Council Members to ‘square’ or reconcile the disconnects between the City of St. John’s policies and procedures in place with the law that’s been on the books since 2004 that clearly ‘controls’ this issue (but hadn’t been followed). See: http://www.stjohns.ca/bylaws.nsf/nwByLawNum/1466
Keep up the good work, Deputy Mayor Ellsworth! Let’s really “fix” this, to prevent ALL St. John’s Taxpayers (Disabled or not) from falling into the month-long abyss that this Disabled St. John’s man and his family fell into!
Kate was very Dear Friend who earlier this month passed away; Kate leaves behind her 2 beautiful children, ages 6 and 8, as orphans. You see, just last year, the children’s father passed away.
Now, the Kate’s family is working to obtain full custody of her 2 young children.
Nothing can replace their mother. But we hope that you can help. Please help spread the word to as many people as possible. Together, we can all make a difference in the lives of Kate’s beautiful children.