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Friday, November 04, 2005

Lighting the Trip Fantastic

Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo

I've been in Austin this week visiting my friend, Don Cook. I don't know how much my visit has boosted his spirits, but it is sure boosting mine, if for no other reason than getting to meet the kind of people who are friends of Don. What a blessing! But, of course, there are plenty of other reasons. Don's a good egg. He is on the rebound again with some new meds that are helping with nausea, and he's now able to keep solid food down. Later this month he begins a new trial. Please keep praying for him and his family.

Some of his friends are throwing a benefit for the family on Nov. 20. I know many of us have been tapped a lot by disaster relief, but any help would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in attending, please drop me a line and I will forward you the evite.

Host: Friends of Don Cook along with Human Spirit Inc.
Location: Manchaca Fire Hall
1310 FM 1626, Manchaca, TX View Map
When: Sunday, November 20, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
As many of you know, our good friend Don Cook was diagnosed with late-stage melanoma about 17 months ago and has been fighting ever since. He has had surgeries, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and has participated in a clinical trial. With all of these procedures, medications, and the many trips back and forth to MD Anderson in Houston, this illness has been quite a financial burden. Many of you have been asking what you can do to help, and now here's your chance! Please help our fundraising efforts to support Don, his wife Denise, and their two girls, Sammy and Carlye, as they go through this difficult time.

Please join us at the Manchaca Fire Hall for all-you-can-eat catfish, cold beverages, live music, raffle drawing, and a silent auction. Kids are welcome and activities for the kids will be provided. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25/person. Kids ages 8-13 can buy tickets for $15, and kids under 8 will get in free. Money from ticket sales will go partially to cover event costs, but the majority will go to the Cook family. Please feel free to donate beyond ticket prices if you wish.

We are using this evite format to help us keep track of the number of people who will be coming so we can be sure to have enough food and drinks. Please help us get an accurate headcount by RSVPing if you plan to come. Also, please forward this evite to anyone you know who would be willing to help. If you can't attend the event, but would like to make a donation, please send checks made payable to "Human Spirit" to J. Morabbi at 12004 Fortuna Cove, Austin, TX 78738. Donations are tax deductible. Also, donations can be made using Paypal by going to www(dot)human-spirit(dot)org. If paying online, please send a confirmation email to justinem(at)austin(dot)rr(dot)com.

Thank you so much for your support. Don and his family are so blessed to have such wonderful friends!

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