Dear friends,Thank you
for being a part of a wonderful walk to raise awareness for Bile Duct Cancer! This is the only fundraiser of its kind for this rare cancer. Our fundraising supports the leading edge work being done at Johns Hopkins University for early detection and treatments led by Pathologist, Dr. Pedram Argani. 277 of us walked together
in 5 locations
in CA, FL, MD, and WI! We raised $13,072 so far,
with more funds arriving daily. Thank you for your generous donation!
If you have not yet contributed, please go to our donation page
for all the details.
This walk is very dear to our hearts as it benefits BDC and my sister-in-law, Levan Gray
. She was unable to join us at the walk because cancer is well, cancer ...serving up good and bad days, unannounced. One friend summed it up perfectly, "Even if Levan's feet were not able to walk with us, her spirit absolutely was." She is so grateful for your support. We were very blessed this year to be joined by Philip Shaller, Derek Ginger, & Paul Ernst
in CA and Lynne Sater & Jim Tell
in WI. In FL the dear friends of Michael Crowley
gathered in support. All 7 of them are living with the daily fight against this deadly disease and winning with every step! Thank you
for your inspiration and for coming to the walk, it was wonderful to be with you. :o)
Paul's wife Gerri so eloquently stated her gratitude in this way, "Just a note to thank you and all who participated in the walk for all of your love and effort in making our 2010 walk a reality. Wasn't it amazing how the weather gave us some momentary reprieve from the rains? Living with cancer is alot like that...claiming those reprieves between challenges...even if its a momentary smile or an afternoon without discomfort. I've certainly learned to squeeze all the delight or comfort I can from the simplest and most fleeting moments! Seeing all of you for that short time was one of those "memory makers". Your kindness and tenacity filled the whole family with renewed hope. Please know that "currency" is being collected right along with the hard earned dollars for Johns Hopkins. We spend it each time we live with the surprises of this disease with a little more peace or grace. Thank you again. You are loved and appreciated. I'll call this week and keep checking in as our "walk" continues. Fondly, Gerri Ernst"Our thanks to so many for making the walk possible:
The Mountain View Buddhist Temple
for their sponsorship and overwhelming support. Glenn Kitasoe
, MVBT Temple PresidentBob Matsumoto
, Dharma School SuperintendentLeslie and Bob Imai
, for organizing the Shoreline Hike for Hope in Moutainview, CAMary Beth and Rick Tell
, for organizing the Oconomowoc Walk for Awareness in WIElizabeth and Wes Gray
, for organizing the Stoneybrook Walk in FLJim, Angeline and James Gray
for spreading the word through emails and Facebook
The Lockhoff, Moore and Tsien
families who walked in their home towns in MD and So CalSteve and MK Sophia Ducey
for Web and Brochure designGayle Dilley, Huimin Shao, Carol Johnson, Tomoko Shimaya, Angela Borchardt and friends
for all the support, waters and delicious treats at the Shoreline HikeKatie Lietzke, Mark and Lynne Carlstein, Tom and Jaimy Klubertanz, Kate and Tom Finco, Kathy Boritzke
for all of their support of the Oconomowoc Walk.Steve Wood
for legal counsel, John Marchant
, facilities at Shoreline Park
Special thanks to all who traveled
from CT, WA, San Fran, Walnut Creek, to join us in CA
And to my family, Craig, Abbey, Denny and Lauren
for creating the walk and helping to organize it all.
**Please forward this letter to all of your sponsors that supported you in your walk, spread the good news, that a cure is on the way, thanks to all of you - the walkers, donors, and supporters of this walk!
Please share photos from the walk, we hope to collect and upload them to the website in the next weeks. I leave you with my thanks and this note from Lynne Sater:"Thank you all so very much from the Saters. You are all answered prayer, an incredible blessing to us and it means the world to us that you walked with us and for the Tells, the Saters and all who fight or may fight bile duct cancer. Let's all pray the researchers at Johns Hopkins can find more effective treatment for this difficult disease. And a special thank you to Mary Beth who is answered prayer for organizing the walk on such short notice. We love you.. The Saters"Joyce
The Cmiel Family
4515 Ocean Valley Lane
San Diego, CA 92130
We had a beautiful morning as the backdrop for the first ever Bile Duct Cancer Walk! This walk has taken on a life of its own, exceeding our wildest expectations, thanks to you, our donors and walkers.
Thank you, from all of us, for a wonderful, healing day full of hope, promise and smiles. Denny's dream was to host a walk for his Aunt Levan with a few families and raise $2,000...
Through an amazing out-pouring of support, we had 269 walkers and raised over $12,000!!! Together we united a community toward a cause for cancer research, in support of each other. All of the families at the walk today affected by Bile Duct Cancer are so grateful. Thank you.
While we hiked together locally, there were tandem walks going on in Temecula, CA, FL, MD, OH, IL & Vancouver, BC. Thank you!
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Where: Shell Ridge Open Space, Sutherland Entrance directions
When: Last year's walk was held on April 11, 2009
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles) map
Vertical Climb: 400 ft over 1.5 miles