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Glad to see everyone smiling. The girls look like they enjoy their new see-saw. I hope that Sunday's event is a success. I's sure it will be.

Enjoy the looks like Old Man Winter might pop in for a visit for a few days.


JP Manzi

Chris, I am so sorry for your loss, you and your little ones are in my prayers. My friend is going through a similar circumstance, and that is how I found your blog. James Smith, he has mentioned you too me in the past. I am glad you are sharing your story and getting the info out there on this disease. James (katieshug) is blogging now:


Every since a friend told me about your blog I have been reading it and the others you have posted. I got this e-mail from a friend and I would love it if you could post it some how that everyone can sign the petition on Breast Cancer. You are a remarkable man and I pray for you and your family often.


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I found this information on The Cancer Blog and thought some of you might want to take action for this important cause.

Pick up the Phone for the Colorectal Cancer Coalition

On February 5, the President cut about $11 billion from the National Cancer Institute budget. On March 20, one group -- the Colorectal Cancer Coalition or C3 -- will ask Congress to return some of this money.

Colorectal cancer advocates from all over the country will descend upon Washington DC on this day, in honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Their plan of action on behalf of C3's first-ever Call-On Congress includes meeting with members of Congress face to face, discussing cancer research and prevention funding, and informing these powerful people that the time to cure cancer is now.

These advocates have a lot to accomplish -- and they need your help. So they ask that while they are rallying in DC that you lend your support with a few simple phone calls.

On Tuesday, March 20, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, pick up your phone and call two Senators and one Representative. Tell them now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of the cancer cause.

C3 offers a step-by-step guide for making yourself heard. The group will help you locate your specific legislators and provides a script for what to say and how to say it.

"The more people who call on March 20th and ask for Congress to make funding the war on cancer a priority, the better for us all," says one advocate.

Here is a link to their site as well:

Thinking of you daily.

Daphne in Alabama

Just wanted to say that you all are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Once again, I can't explain what an impact your story has made in my life. I see things in a different way now. Chris, you are such a strong man. God Bless you and those beautiful girls.

Peggy Patrick

Chris & Family,
"HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY". I hope you and your family have a great day. You are in always in my thoughts and prayers. I love the new pictures of the girls; so cute. Dennis, and Tina, I hope you are doing okay. I want you two to know that your in my thoughts and prayers also. God bless you all...Peggy

Jennifer Teegarden MD

Chris, Emma & Peighton,

I hope you all have a wonderul St. Paddy's Day weekend and that you girls are enjoying your new see-saw. It sure looks like lots of fun for you girls! You all continue to be in my thoughts & prayers and I hope that the event tomorrow is a huge success.


Sarah Hunter

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. Thinking/praying for you always!!!


Hi Chris-

I'm a friend of Shawndra Turner's and that's how I found this site. I am so sorry for your loss. It looks like you and your beautiful girls are doing very well. I admire the work you are doing to promote colorectal cancer awareness and hope that I can do the same, especially raising awareness in those our age that are not normally affected or don't know until treatment options are limited. I've read Jennifer's story a couple of times and it is truly inspiring and I know it has inspired my friend. You hit the nail on the head when you wrote the comment on Shawndra's blog that she sounds like she's smiling even in her blog because she is! ;-)Thank you so much!

Meg Blackwell

Chris, You do not know me but I am friends with Jennifer and Doug Velander. Many of us from Jennifer's Bible Study group have followed your blog for many months. You all are still in our prayers. My husband and I select a different charity each year to make a substantial donation to. We would like to do this for the Jennifer Ireland Foundation this year. Is there anyway to receive some type of reciept for tax purposes? I will pay through paypal toward the beginning of April. It may be that the paypal reciept is good enough. Any knoweldge you have on this subject would be very helpful. THANKS

Toni Wakeman

Hi Chris, It was so nice to finally meet you. As I said in our coversation you and Jen have touched so many. I continue to think about you all often and pray for you and your beautiful girls. You seem like you are doing well and have a great outlook on things. Sorry Heather and I could'nt make it to the Trouser Mouse, but we are trying to get a team together for the pub crawl.
Take care and god bless.


Chris and Family:
I know that you are a very busy person now - hard to be two people at once. You are very lucky to have good friends and family to help you out. I know that Grandma Jan loves all of you more than life itself and having you around helps her deal with her loneliness. She is a rock but also needs tender care. Those smiles on the girls' faces are priceless - Grandma and Grandpa made them very happy.
Chris, I hope that your days are becoming easier and your sweet little girls help to fill you with hope. I know that there are times that you feel overwhelmed.
Hope the even Sunday was a success - we had a family event so I could not attend. I continue to think of all of you and carry you in my prayers.


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