Thursday, December 6, 2007
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Here is our Christmas card for 2007 (the only change we made is that the type is black, instead of purple). Photo & design credit go to: Paul Dudley Photography
David and I took a cruise last night on the Argosy Christmas Ship. Santa was there for photographs, and there was a choir from David's school singing carols. It was really fun: a clear, starry night, good music, pleasant company and a decorated ship! I wish that Gregg could have experienced it, but I know that enough photos were taken so that he will have a chance to see what it was like. If you ever have the opportunity to do this, I hope you will take it. Argosy's website shows the schedule for the cruises: http://www.argosycruises.com/themecruises/xmasSchedule.cfm
Often, there is a parade of private boats that follows the Argosy boat. That would be fun to see, too. They dedicated the cruise to Katie, which was lovely of them. The only difficulty I had was when the choir began to sing "White Christmas," which was one of Katie's (and my) favorite movies. We watched it countless times during the past year, no matter the season; Katie & I loved Bing Crosby, and we thought he looked like Gregg's dad (Grandpa G). Other than that, it was a lovely evening. Thank you, Paul, Heidi, and Argosy Cruises.
Today, I received the paperwork for The Katie Gerstenberger Endowment for Cancer Research at Children's Hospital. It continues to grow, because of the generosity of people who care about Katie & our family. So far, it is over $53,000. We are so grateful for this, and we hope, hope, hope that it will help researchers to make progress in the treatment and cure of pediatric tumors that occur outside of the brain (like Katie's). The income from the endowment can be used for basic, translational or clinical research; the principal stays intact, and can grow. It is a great way to honor Katie's memory. THANK YOU!