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We have many challenging and exciting decisions to make this fall.  As a nation, we will elect a new president, and whomever we choose will be a first in our nation’s history.  As a community committed to the Extra Hands mission, we have begun to pursue strategic partnerships which will enable us to reach more PALS and their families as well as to serve others who are homebound and need support.  Currently, we simply do not have the resources to offer the program beyond the ALS community by ourselves, much less keep pace with the ballooning demand for it within the ALS community across the country.

As you may know, the Angels for ALS Gala will not take place this fall as our efforts are focused on exploring all the possibilities and making the best decision for the next stage of our growth.  Many of you were planning on contributing to the gala and we hope that you will still consider investing in Extra Hands so our potential partners fully witness the passion and commitment of our patrons.  Please click here to contribute securely online.

Once we come to terms with the right partner, we will resume the planning for the gala which allows us to honor the pioneers like you who always ‘believed’ as well as to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter for Extra Hands.

Thank you for your continued support of Extra Hands for ALS!

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Summer Getaway

This summer our family had the opportunity for some old fashioned Colorado mountain time.  Some friends of ours belong to High Country Club, a destination club with access to over 30 luxury residences.  Some days were going to be unused and they were so generous as to offer them to us.  We chose to go to Copper Mountain, a ski resort about 75 miles west of Denver for some fresh air and fun.

Our condo overlooked the Village at Copper Mountain.  We were surrounded by a variety of shops for outerwear, activities and eating.  In winter, this is the center of action with the main chairlift just a stones throw away from the condo.  The open area would be filled with bundled up seekers of downhill bliss.

Summer is a different atmosphere.  Still the middle of activity, albeit more laid back, the Village had a peaceful aura about it.  The chairlift operated over slopes still awakening from the hard winter.  Even in late June, there were still drifts of white lingering from the frequent snow storms of last season.  The ride up the mountain still had briskness to it from intermittent cloud cover and a cool breeze.

Every day we had a wonderful experience as a family and we really valued it.  We were quite active the first day in the Village Square with Miniature Golf, Go Carts, Quad Power Jump, Bumper Boats, Climbing Wall and the Chairlift Ride.  Pursuant to my posting on Insanity in June, I pushed myself to see what my physical limits were.  I participated in all activities except the Climbing Wall as my body would definitely not support that and a nap was desperately needed anyway.  That evening, we had a wonderful dinner with some friends from Vail at a restaurant called La Tour and ended up running into more friends on our way out.

Thursday we went golfing with family friends that volunteer at the Copper Creek Golf Club.  They live in Florida during winter and Copper Mountain in the summer.  Their volunteer work allows them free unlimited golf for the season.  We were able to take advantage of that rate as their guests.  Christopher caddied and drove the cart.  That was scary at times on a mountain course, but overall he did quite well.  He was also our official photographer and enjoyed taking pictures of the beautiful terrain.

Friday was filled with a fishing adventure at Lake Dillon.  We had to walk in a little bit for lake access and I was grateful I had just purchased hiking boots that accommodate my leg braces.  They were a life saver as the path was filled with rocks and tree roots, a virtual land mine for ALS patients.  Christopher and I rigged up the fishing poles for bait fishing.  After several practice casts, Christopher had it down pretty well and so man versus fish ensued.  It wasn’t until Jennifer and Christopher went back to the car for snacks that the fish started biting.  I caught the first one while they were gone, of course.  Four rainbow trout were caught in all and Jennifer got some good reading in while patiently waiting for our lines to jump.

This mini vacation was probably the most activity I have had in the last two or three years as I wanted to see what I could do as opposed to what I think I should do.  I had an incredible time with my family and friends, so it was easily worth the temporary fatigue and pain endured.  Pushing limits for time spent this way is what adds to life’s abundance.  Have you reflected on how you are spending your time recently?

Not all of us are historians.  All those dates and names are a blur to me for the most part.  However, on this day of American Independence as I hung up the American Flag, I chose to refresh my memory of the historic events that took place.  I do remember there were some problems with taxes from Britain and there was a shipment of tea that got dumped into a harbor.  These issues, among others eventually led to the Revolutionary War.  We won, of course, which led to the birth of this great nation.

I am embarrassed to say, but that is the vague recall of my early education of this historic series of actions.  I stumbled upon the web site Revolutionary War this morning and started reading.  I have just grazed the surface, but felt compelled to encourage all of us living in America during these difficult times to revisit the origins of this land we call home.

I know our annual festivities to watch the fireworks will have even more significance after my review of why we celebrate.  Understanding the meaning of our actions propels us to an entirely different level of perspective.  This is what life is about; actually feeling what we experience.

So when we have musical artists singing a different song (click here for the reference article) to the tune of our national anthem, I have to ask; where is your patriotism today?  There is always someone better off than us, but the most important thing to remember is that there is always someone worse off as well.

If your patriotism is not off the charts, especially today, then take a look around the world and gain some perspective of our freedoms.  Happy 232nd Birthday, America.  Thank you to all our forefathers who made this great Nation the land of the free.

God bless, America!

Happy Thanksgiving!

At the start of such a crazy time of year we hope that you are able to take some time to reflect on what you are thankful for.  We are thankful for so much that it would probably take up your entire day just reading, so we will touch on some of the most poignant!  Life is so precious we couldn’t miss this opportunity to send out our thanks to all of you!

First and foremost we are thankful for our family and friends!  We would not be where we are today without all the support we receive.  On the eve of yet another ALS friend’s funeral to attend, we count our blessings that Steven is still doing as well as he is!  Christopher, the light of our life, is thriving in his new school environment.  Jennifer is able to run Extra Hands and also go back to school to pursue her calling in life. We can only pray that we can give back a portion of what we receive.

We count our blessings that we live in a country that we can believe in whatever we want without persecution and speak publicly of those beliefs.  We are free to worship what we believe in or not to worship anything. We can have the comfort working for corporate America or delve into entrepreneurship.   Our freedoms should not be taken for granted.

May each and every one of you enjoy this incredible day and see the blessings, whether you are able to be with family and friends or just have a quiet day to yourself.  So from our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

One month has blazed by since the Angels for ALS Gala 2007.  Time seems surreal to me, knowing I am outliving ALS expectations.  It also confirms that time appears to accelerate the older we get!

The evening was a very elegant and classic event.  It was an enchanting site to see everyone dressed to the nines at a beautiful venue with a common purpose in mind.  The silent auction area was bedazzled with lights, music, conversation and excitement.

Inside the dining room, 250 seats beckoned for company as the tables dazzled in their simplicity.  Black linens topped with red accents and white china glowed in the soft light of votive candles, highlighting the red cyclamen in the center.

Introductions and welcoming ensued before the theme of the evening was revealed.  Addie, one of our overachieving student volunteers, was impacted by the statistic that every 90 minutes an ALS patient is diagnosed and another one dies.  She produced a video simply asking what everyday people might do in 90 minutes.  As a 90 minute hourglass was overturned, Addie challenged the audience, asking what they could do in the next 90 minutes to make a difference in the ALS community.

After a scrumptious dinner topped off by a decadent flourless chocolate tort, Addie returned to the podium.  She addressed the audience by describing her transformation from the year before.  The patient her Extra Hands team was assisting had died this past summer.  The reality of ALS overwhelmed her.  In her grief, she had grown and become even more dedicated and motivated to make a difference.  By sharing her story, everyone in the audience understood what Extra Hands for ALS is all about.

Thereafter, local musician, Jeff King, mesmerized us with the song, “Angels Among Us,” to solidify our purpose in gathering.  Between Addie and Jeff, tears of sadness and joy were commonplace, reflecting the evening’s momentous impact on all who attended.

The live auction changed the reflective mood into one of excitement and anticipation.  Over $15,000 was raised as top notch destinations, LASIK surgery, beautiful fused glass artistry, music composition and a concert were auctioned off.

One of the highlights of the evening for us was to be able to recognize the many volunteers that make Extra Hands for ALS possible.  First, the outstanding student, mentor and family were acknowledged for the profound impact they are having on other people’s lives.  Then, all the students and mentors in attendance stood after their names were called.  As the audience understood just how many volunteers there were, a standing ovation erupted.  We are so incredibly proud of the people that choose to volunteer their time to make a difference in the ALS community.

The evening was topped off by dancing, mingling and picture taking.

Thank you so much to the gala committee that made the evening possible.  We met for weeks on end before the gala to plan, prepare and execute.  It’s difficult to imagine doing this event without the help of such selfless and caring people.

The generous support of many in kind donations that reduced our overall costs is extremely appreciated.  Especially, Signal Graphics, located at 1777 Larimer Street and Gourmet Fine Catering at 2601 Blake Street, Suite 105.  There were many others, but these two went above and beyond anything we could have hoped for.  Please patronize these businesses to help a show our gratitude.

Also, thank you to all the attendees and donors; from the table sponsors to the individuals and last but not least, our incredible volunteers.  Your generosity raised over $81,000 in support of Extra Hands for ALS and ALS TDI, our research partner.

It is never too late to contribute, so please follow this Angels for ALS Gala link to securely donate by credit card if you have not already done so.  Please make any checks payable to:

Extra Hands for ALS

c/o Steven & Jennifer Bishop

8237 Swadley Court

Arvada, CO 80005

We ordered too many Angels for ALS Gala 2007 champagne glasses and are selling them for $10 each.  We have approximately 80 left and they are not raising any money in our basement!  Lindsey, our outstanding student award recipient, designed and makes ALS Bracelets with the Extra Hands for ALS motto, BELIEVE in them. They come in S, M and L selling for $20 each.   Please specify quantities  with your check and provide contact information so we can get either/both or multiple items to you.

One last enormous thank you goes out to everyone who participated in the 2007 Angels for ALS Gala.

No Suit? No Problem!

Mister Neat’s partners with Angels for ALS Gala again!

Just in time, we have partnered with Mister Neat’s Formalwear to outfit the black tie optional Angels for ALS Gala.  They have generously offered a $40 discount on all Designer Tuxedo’s starting at $99.95 and up for this event.  Simply mention our event name to receive the discount.  Visit their website at www.misterneats.com or call 1-888-NICE-TUX (1-888-642-3889) for a location near you.  Simply download the Mister Neat’s Flyer here, print it out and bring it with you.

 

If you are coming in from out of town, Mister Neat’s is affiliated with Savvi Formalwear & Friar Tux.  You can go to any of their locations to be measured.  Then simply call 303-980-5999, the Mister Neat’s store closest to the Belmar Center and provide your information.

How often do you allow yourself to get completely dressed up and have the chance to document the occasion?  Bring your cameras, but we will be taking pictures, too!

 

Mister Neat’s respectfully asks that you try to come in four days prior to the event for the best choices and time for fitting.  That would be October 9th for us, so don’t delay.

 

If you haven’t registered for the Gala yet, click here to RSVP or donate.  Thank you.