This is Mary Lou again – Deb has been posting such great blogs that I was able to take a break from writing for a while. Thank you, Deb, for your lovely tribute to me for Mother’s Day. I am just happy to be able to be here to help with your recovery, and am thankful to see your good progress from day to day.
Yesterday I celebrated a wonderful birthday. For the first time in many years I was able to spend the day with both of my daughters – Deb and Chris. I am still in Stanford, CA as Deb continues her recovery from her bone marrow transplant. Chris flew out from PA for a few days to visit Deb and be here for my birthday (thanks Chris)! A few of my close friends who live in the area joined us for the afternoon. It turned out to be a wonderful day! Thanks to everyone for all the good wishes, cards, phone calls, Facebook and email messages I received, and for your continued support for Deb’s recovery.
A big THANK YOU to all (friends, musicians, and attendees) who donated your time and services to make Deb’s benefit and silent auction on Friday night such a huge success! I am told that the streets of Fairfax, CA have never been so filled with love and energy as they were that night. We were able to see some of the activity with live streaming from one of the venues, so we really felt a part of it, even though we could not be there. It’s hard to put into words how touched we have been with the outpouring of love and support for Deb.
Special prayers go out today to David Burwell, co-founder of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and a colleague of Deb’s from a number of years ago. David was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in February and received his bone marrow transplant on Friday. David, we will hold you in our hearts and prayers throughout your recovery.