October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we did our best to get out and help. There was a research funding panel, a bike ride and survivorship panel to support LIVESTRONG, a golf tournament to support children battling cancer, our second marathon of the year, a visit to two Congressional offices in Washington DC, a civics lesson for Elliott, and a wonderful recognition of Bree on the floor of the US House. Lots of stories and pictures below, if you’re interested. Thanks for all of the kind words!
CANCER RESEARCH FUNDING
Bree was able to participate in a panel discussion on state and federal funding for cancer research. It was presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and also included MD Anderson’s Gordon Mills, M.D. US Representative Pete Olson, and Texas State Representative Sarah Davis. It was an honor to be the voice of the patient, who benefited directly from advances in clinical research.
RIDE FOR THE ROSES 2015
We were extremely excited to be asked to participate in the 18th annual Ride For The Roses, in Austin (Thanks, Mike!). Bree, and two fellow survivors, participated in a panel discussion on survivorship, with LIVESTRONG CEO Chandini Portteus. Stephen rode the low-bar entry ride at 20 miles, and Beck and Elliott bounced in the bounce house. Just as it was last year, it was humbling to be surrounded by so many people who have dedicated themselves to helping others. Thank you to everyone who has helped support LIVESTRONG’s services through our fundraising efforts over the last year. It really does make a difference.
The amazing Boydstun family once again hosted their annual golf tournament to support the Bear Necessities. Presley Boydstun is an incredible example of cancer survivorship, and her family has made it a point to help others. This is the third year we’ve been able to participate, and it is for an amazing cause. The Houston chapter of Bear Necessities works with Texas Children’s Hospital to support patients in treatment, through programs like Flashes of Hope, and many others. If you’re interested in helping out, let us know. They’ve got an annual Crawfish Boil, too!
MARINE CORPS MARATHON
On October 25, we subjected ourselves to the 40th running of the Marine Corps Marathon, in Washington DC. Turns out, it was completely amazing. This was our second marathon of the year (and ever), and was another opportunity to celebrate life. We were able to run and raise funds for the LIVESTRONG Foundation, while paying tribute to some amazing people who were impacted by cancer. This race is truly one of a kind, and worth reading about. Of particular note is the Blue Mile, which is dedicated to fallen service members. Unbelievable. Thank you to everyone who supported our run, and kept our spirits up!
Along with running the marathon, we were able to see some sights and pay visits to some of our Texas legislators. First up was Representative Will Hurd. Will is a friend and fellow Aggie who has worked his way through Texas A&M, the CIA, and up to Capitol Hill. Thanks to Representative Hurd for welcoming us, spending time with Elliott, and for holding a distinct honor amongst the halls of Congress: The only Congressman to have attended a Haywood concert. That’s either really good, or really bad. Thanks, Will!
We then headed to Representative Pete Olson‘s office. Elliott’s 3rd grade class also joined in by drafting a letter to their Congressman. Elliott was able to hand-deliver the letter, and a response was soon back in the classroom, in Katy, Texas. Mr Olson was even kind enough to post a photo of him responding to the kids. Elliott also took the opportunity to make himself comfortable with the Congressman’s desk. Thank you for welcoming our family, Mr Olson!
This really was an incredible experience for all of us. The lesson learned was this: Writing and speaking to your representatives at a state and federal level is easier than you think, and really can make a difference. Whether you agree, or disagree, with your Representative’s politics isn’t the point. They are still your Representative in Congress, and they can only be responsive to your needs, if you communicate with them. I would encourage everyone to give it a go.
ON THE FLOOR
Beyond hosting us in DC, Congressman Olson was kind enough to recognize Bree in a floor speech in the US House of Representatives. It was extremely thoughful of him to consider her, and offered an acknowledgement of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
JUST SOME PICS
Thanks to everyone! Come visit us in Katy!