This past weekend was spent at Woodloch Pines resort in Hawley, Pennsylvania. We have been going for a number of years with my cousins and have made friends with the staff. One staff member, Kathy, who knew of my ovarian cancer diagnosis told me to speak to the son of the owner, Bob Kiesendahl who was also a cancer survivor. On Sunday night before dinner I ran into Bob and we had a great talk. Turns out that Bob, a leukemia survivor of 8 years, was one of the LiveStrong Challenge Survivorship Award winners in 2006. He has raised over $250,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. He also walked in the LiveStrong Challenge last year in Philly as I did. So we had a lot in common. We talked about how to go about raising funds for LAF and for our own cancer groups( his- Leukemia research and mine -Kaleidscope of Hope/ovarian cancer research). I bought chances in his BK Hope Cures raffle for a Harley Davidson. ( I will admit I am not sure what I would do if I win but it is a neat looking motorcycle.Maybe I can have it painted Teal.)I suggested that he and his mom Patty apply for the LiveStrong Summit this July in Ohio.I hope he does apply. This morning I received an e-mail from him and he will donate to Kaleidoscope. That is awesome. Thanks Bob! The more I meet people involved with the LAF , both survivors and caregivers, the more I feel we can be successful in our quest to find a cure for cancer.
Thanks to the Kiesendahl family for such a fun weekend and their support of cancer research. Happy 50th Anniversary Woodloch!