One warm, sunny day early this summer Rachael Althaus announced to me that she'd like to create a golf tournament this year as a benefit for the Jennifer Ireland Foundation. I was a little hesitant based on the busy spring we had and given the short amount of time to prepare before the golf season would be winding down. Today I am proud to say that she did it and the tournament was a huge success. Eight golfers short of a full field of 144 golfers, we teed off at 8:00 AM on what ended up being a beautiful Saturday. I am pretty sure that I speak for everyone when I say that it was one of the best tournaments I have attended. Thanks to Rachael, Adam's Pointe Golf Club, all of our sponsors and donors, the many volunteers, and the participating golfers for making our first annual event memorable. I was honored to meet Christy Harrell and her family on Saturday. You can link to her blog on our Cancer Blog Network on the side of this page. Some of the participants and volunteers included relatives - quite a few out of town members of Jen's family, cancer survivors, cancer patients, J.I. Foundation board members, friends, friends of friends, and even complete strangers. We will definitely see you next year.
On the foundation front, we have finalized the grant program details. You can now find a fairly simple grant application available on the front page of the Jennifer Ireland Foundation website. Please spread the word that we are here to help and very excited to disperse the generous funds of our supporters.
My last post - from several weeks ago...sorry - was regarding the Crawl for Cancer. We ended up entering nine teams that represent Jen and the foundation. Of those nine teams, three of them are basically wide open. I got a late jump on registration and didn't give anyone much time to sign up. Please e-mail Melanie Reece at email@example.com if you would still like to participate and just didn't get the information in time. Again, the cost is $50 per person and includes a t-shirt and beer ALL day on the 13th of October.
Finally, on the home front things are going well. The girls are growing like weeds - as someone put it to me today. Emma is loving school, her new teacher, and her new gymnastics class. Peighton seems to be several years older than she really is and wants to do everything Emma does. I'll be working on getting her involved in some activities in the coming weeks. I'm doing fine too. Late August and September were very busy for me and I found myself on the road for about four weeks straight. I did, however, sneak in a short getaway. All in all, it has been a good summer.
Thanks for the continued interest in our family, your support for the foundation, and for turning this blog into a network of support for the many deserving people fighting this disease.