My brain cells are doing their best to help me type this post even after the abuse I put them through at the Crawl for Cancer!
I'll begin with last Thursday's movie premiere. It went wonderfully. Thank you so much to those that attended. Several months of hard work resulted in a memorable night. Shawndra Turner and her husband Doug, graciously accepted the first grant provided by our young foundation. As I mentioned that evening, there are so many out there that we would love to help -- and in time we hope to touch many lives -- but the Turner family just holds a special place in our hearts. There are so many similarities between their family and ours. Much like Jen, Shawndra is a very strong woman and she is handling this cancer experience with such grace. She is truly an inspiration.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley ended up living up to the great reviews and many awards. It was an honor to be able to enjoy the movie with one of its stars amongst us. Thank you so much to Mairtin de Cogain for everything that he has done for my family and the Jennifer Ireland Foundation. Mairtin and the Kansas City Irish community have help us lay the groundwork for a successful future and we hope they will all continue to be involved for many years to come.
As many of you saw, we entered 16 teams (over 150 people) into Saturday's Crawl for Cancer event. The organizers of the Crawl were unbelievably accomodating and allowed us to pick up our shirts early so that we could have some additional screening done on them. Our intentions were to put something on them to honor Jen. To my surprise, EVERY shirt worn on Saturday said "In Memory of Jennifer Ireland." It was a gift from the Crawl for Cancer committee that brought tears to my eyes. It was so cool to see almost 5000 people all over mid-town Kansas City wearing those shirts. In addition, our 16 teams wore an exclusive light blue t-shirt. It matched our Jennifer Ireland bracelets perfectly. The day was beautiful, the beer was cold, and the cause was very worthy. We'll do it all over again in October!
Overall, the last four days were very humbling. It is hard to put into words how special it feels to have so many people want to help carry on Jen's legacy. Jan and I, along with all of our friends and family, are forever grateful.
Here are the Ireland boys at the KC premiere of Ireland's highest grossing movie - ever! Later in the week, I'll be sure to post some of the great pictures from the premiere and the pub crawl. Also stay tuned for the opportunity to order KC's official "Crawl for Cancer X" t-shirts.