Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hello 2014!!

Dan's Fletcher Flyer Fund Raising Page

Salutations to everyone and I guess I should add Happy New Year!, since this is my first post of 2014.  It's not that there hasn't been a lot happening, I've just been delinquent in making updates.

On the health front, all the tests that were done in Houston in late October were negative.  I posted on Oct. 27th that all was well, but that there were a few results that had yet to come in - it actually took almost 4 weeks before I got the final "all clear", which was again, a great relief.  As far as how my winter is going in terms of general health, it didn't start too well, as I contracted sinusitis right on time just before Thanksgiving, which required 3 different antibiotics over a 5 week period to get rid of.  Just before Christmas, I developed shingles in my mouth, face and nose….probably sounds worse that it was, but it was no fun, and there's no treatment.  Once that cleared up, things settled down and (knock on wood), January has been malady-free.

Renee and I spent the Christmas holiday in the Chicago area with my parents and my sister Jill and her family - here we are at my folks' house:

Bottom row, L to R - Joseph's fiancee Natalie, Renee, Mom, Jill.  Back row: Jill's sons Joseph and Philip, my son Kenyon, me, my Dad, and Jill's husband Mark DiCicco
  I am planning a fundraising event this year, in the form of a 100 mile bike ride, the "Fletcher Flyer", which takes place in Asheville in June.  There is a link at the top of this page to my fundraising page.  As with most Team in Training events (TNT is the endurance-race fund raising arm of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), we will TRAIN for this race - while it is still cold, we are meeting weekly and doing a one hour spin workout.  Once it warms up, we will hit the road together.

There are a few more things I want to share with you, but I will save them for another post, coming to you soon.  I appreciate any and all donations to my 2014 event, as I continue to do what I can, with your help, to fight blood cancers.  God bless you….