Monday, March 26, 2007

Love On Two Wheels

Sunday was a beautiful day in the Mile High City. All along the Front Range (the I-25 corridor if you’re not from Colorado), really.

Mother nature – or a particular wobble in the Earth’s spin, if you’re not given to the supernatural personification of weather patterns – gave us super comfortable temps with scattered gorgeousness. It was a great day for a ride on the motorcycle; or a fundraiser.

Or maybe both.

As some of you may recall, I belong to motorcycle club. As with any gathering of like-minded people, we enjoy each others’ company and strive to have fun.

And while the weather was quite fair this weekend, these are more than just fair-weather friends.

This past Sunday was the first of two fundraisers put on by the members of the club, with support from local establishments, to help us cover the additional costs of Doss’s time in the NICU.

When they first told me they were planning a fundraiser for Doss, I told them it wasn't necessary. Of course it's not necessary, they said, but we want to.

Like so many others, they simply wanted a positive way to express their grief.

The first fundraiser was a spaghetti dinner buffet, with all the food donated by the hosting bar and the proceeds going to Doss & Jorja’s medical bills. When we arrived at the fundraiser, we were met with hail and hearty hand shakes, hugs, and so much love, there was hardly room for us all.

The next event will be in the middle of April at another bar and will feature an auction of goods and services donated by caring and generous people, companies, and club members.

The members of the club are more than just friends; they are truly my brothers. The love and support they have shown to my family has touched me and reminds again how many lives Doss touched in just 11 days.

While I am saddened at the loss of my son, the outpouring of love and support that we have received from many unexpected sources has helped to buoy our spirits in a time that could be black with grief.

Thanks again to my family, my brothers, my friends and my readers; I owe you all a debt of gratitude that I can never repay, but will endeavor to return tenfold as well as pay forward.

[ed. note: P.Pie, Jorja, & I drove the car to the event; I haven’t figured out how to hook a car seat to the motorcycle. Yet.]


Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

That's wonderful.

3/27/2007 9:32 AM  
Blogger AnotherMomCreation said...

That is such a wonderful group of people you have there.

It really makes my heart smile to read about such things.

Thanks for posting this, it made my day.

3/27/2007 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

That is such wonderful group to support you guys like that. We were faced with similar generosity during Tanner's transplant - it is sometimes very difficult being on the receiving end. Humbling, too.

I think of you guys often...I hope you all are doing well and basking in Jorja.

3/27/2007 10:34 AM  
Blogger radioactive girl said...

The gift in tragedy is that sometimes you get to see all the people who care. That was one of the things that stuck out the most through my cancer, and it seems to be pretty hard to miss for you too. I knew people cared about me, but had no idea how many and how much. Sort of a gift to help guide you through.

3/27/2007 1:34 PM  
Blogger Denver Dad said...

That's really awesome!

3/27/2007 1:44 PM  
Blogger honglien123 said...

Sometimes the family you choose is just as good if not better than the one you're born with. That's wonderful that the club was able to do that for you. =)

Regarding the motorcycle and car seat. I wonder if it's possible to put one in a side car. Hmm...

3/27/2007 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your blog, was not expecting what I found. Once I stopped crying, I continued to read. My thoughts are with you, your wife and your new daughter.

3/27/2007 8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful group of friends. You are blessed. (And I say that genuinely, not in the Hail Mother sort of way ;)

3/29/2007 9:29 PM  

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