Thank you to each and every one of you who thought about and prayed for me while I was at the Hope and Empowerment Event in Indianapolis, IN, put on by gracious Michelle Tucker of the Henry Tucker Foundation.
We had a wonderful time, and there is so much to share that my mind is chattering away; I have to breathe deeply to process slowly enough to type.
The trip began with the pleasure of finding my little blurb in the April Issue of Redbook Magazine at the airport on Thursday (the issue has Tricia Yearwood on the cover). To see that little paragraph & photo on the last page in a national magazine was a deep thrill for me. Thank you, Redbook, for publishing me! It's my first national publication, and I'm so happy and grateful.
Not pictured, but equally inspiring, were participants Gina Cousineau, founder of Be a Hero Become a Donor Foundation; Karri Harmon, who works with The Compassionate Friends; Kim Martin of The Hair Fairy Project; Bob Piniewski, founder of PAC2 and Patrick Doughtie and his sweet family. (I am hoping to have some of the official pictures to post here later, but for now, you can see our amateur photos.)
We also had the privilege of meeting the Medical Director of Peyton Manning Children's Hospital's Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases, Dr. Bassem Razzouk, M.D.
Dr. Razzouk just happens to have worked at St. Jude's Children's Hospital with the only two doctors in the world who are studying Katie's rare cancer, adrenocortical carcinoma. They created the drug protocol that she used, the one that stabilized her tumor enough so that it could be surgically removed. It was such a meaningful encounter. To hear his thoughts and insights, and to be on a panel discussion with him, was pure inspiration for me.
Dianne Killian, me, Karri Harmon & Michelle
Heide & Jake Randall with Michelle's friend, Thankful A.