I received an email from my friend, Don, (who said it was ok to share). He is fighting a battle against cancer. Don and I know each other from my former life in publishing, but we started to communicate more frequently when I began my life after publishing. Don is one of my biggest supporters, always cheering me on from a far.
Don, I know you read my blog, so I want you to know, I am cheering for you, sending you strength and love to both you and June. I am sending something in the mail soon, be on the look out in the upcoming weeks.
Below is a photo of us (Don, on the far right). When I biked across the U.S. the first time, he drove 2+ hours from Cincinnati, Ohio, (also picking up another publishing friend, Carl L. along the way), to visit me as we biked through Kentucky. Kentucky was the closest point to Ohio on our route. Lisa B. (another publishing friend) was kind of enough to host us for dinner, shelter my team, and open her home to the team the next year. I vaguely remember she kicked out her kids for the night (they slept over at friends’ homes) so a few teammates and I could have a warm home and beds for the night. I also remember Lisa, helped me with some mail (receiving and shipping) on my behalf.
In the photo, I am wearing a t-shirt from WCU (West Chester University) given to me from the bookstore manager from one of the schools I covered as a sales rep to remember them by, before I left for my bike trip. This photo was a lovely summer night and it reminds me of the gratitude I have for everyone who has supported me and continues to support me through all my adventures. Don, I hope you know how grateful I am for your support and friendship. Your most recent Christmas card sat on my desk for these many months, until just recently when I sold the desk to prepare for my move to North Carolina.
The other photo is of Lisa B. who woke up early the next morning and cheered us on as we biked by her on route to our next destination.