Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bad Things Come in.....???

     Hi everyone.  I know it has been a really long time since I have made any posts, I promise I haven't given up on blogging!  I have several things to tell you all about that I have made over the last couple of months, unfortunately though, I just haven't been able to sit down and take the time to write about them.

     I'm sure you've all heard the old adage "Bad things always come in 3's."  Well this certainly seems to be the case for us lately (or maybe they really come in 4's, 5's, etc) and it has kept me from a lot of things I was previously focusing on.

     So the 3 biggest obstacles life has thrown at us? My husband and I had some important things stolen from our cars.  Most importantly was his wallet containing his green card.  Still trying to sort out that mess.  My nephews were in a major car accident.  They are both ok now, but one of them did suffer some major injuries that are going to require months of surgeries and rehab for him to get through.  And the biggest of all was my dad's diagnosis of advanced stage 4 lung cancer in mid-June.  His prognosis is not good, but we are all praying as hard as we can that he will be one of those people who beat the odds and amaze the doctors.  He is undergoing treatment every 3 weeks at the Cleveland Clinic, which is about a 4-4.5 hour drive from where they live.  These trips require at least one overnight stay and will occasionally require 2 nights depending on tests needed.  Which brings me to why I am writing this post.

     This Sunday, August 12th, we are hosting a Cancer Benefit and Poker Run for my dad, Richard Trufant.  This fundraiser is to help offset the costs of having to travel so much for my dad to receive treatment.  Let me tell you a little about my dad:

     He is 69 years young.  He was a Vietnam P.O.W. in the Marine Corps.  His unit was the first to touch the ground in Vietnam.  As a result to his time dedicated fighting that war he was exposed to the chemical agent known as Agent Orange.  I am one of his 4 children, and he and my mom have been married for 47 years.  My dad worked hard to raise his family and go to college after his military service, and finished his Masters degree when I was in high school (I am the baby of the family)  He has been the CFO of several small community hospitals for as long as I can remember, and was one of the first hospital administrators to start implementing charity care in hospitals.  He officially retired about a year and a half ago.

     Here is the official information regarding the Benefit copied from the FB event page.  Anyone who would like to come show their support, but do not want to participate in the ride should arrive to the Avilla American Legion around 4pm:

KDZ & The Friends of Tina Johnson's (this is my sister) Family would like to invite you to a Poker Run & Benefit .

Richard is a Vietnam Vet & POW. He has 8 months to a year to live and the family could use our help with expenses on hotel rooms and other bills while he is under going treatment to pro long his life.

Sign up @ Avilla American Legion 11 am. First bike out noon. Last bike out at 1pm. Vehicles welcome to participate in ride.  Again, if you do not want to participate in the ride, but would still like to come show your support, participate in the 50/50 drawing, the silent auction, etc.  Please arrive to the Avilla American Legion at 4pm.
Avilla American Legion
205 Ley Street, Avilla, IN
$10 a person, 50/50 drawing, Door Prizes, Silent Auction and more!

1st stop:
Rudy's Bar and Grill
103 N. Main Street
Kendallville, IN
2nd stop:
Wall Lake Tavern
6100 N 1200 E
Orland, IN
 3rd stop:
Fremont Bar & Grill
112 W Toledo St
Fremont, IN
4th Stop:
Rio Bar & Grill
3970 East Bellefountaine Road
Hamilton, IN
5th Stop:
Four Crowns
103 West 9th Street
Auburn, IN

If you can not make it and would like to donate door prizes or money. You can drop them off at KDZ Kustoms & Pre Owned Motorcycles 521 Ley Drive. Auburn, In 46706. Or Mail them. 260-927-0533.  Make Checks out to Richard Trufant.

UPDATE:  Thank you to all of those who made this event a success.  Our family, dad especially, was overwhelmed with all the love and support!

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