Firsts: Originally Posted EASTER 2013

Hold the door say please say thank you
Don't steal, don't cheat, and don't lie
I know you got moutains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When the dreams you're dreamin' come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

HAPPY EASTER to you all! 
HAPPY 8th  BIRTHDAY to my niece, Emmagene 
and 
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Dad and Mom.   

I could be sad she's gone but instead I'm so grateful everything she's given me; including the reminder of how precious and beautiful every moment is. 


I originally posted this 5 years ago - the first Easter after my mom passed.
It seemed fitting, being my parents' anniversary, to post it again.  


Every moment is a first.  Let's live in the present today and experience whatever first is today for you.

#ForTheirThoughts

2013: "Eg" (Emmagene/grandaughter, 3) hunts for Eggs!


2013: Josh (grandson, 19mts) dyes his first easter egg with Mom (Megan)

2013: Lily: "Emmys!! what you got in there?"




Every moment is a first.  But then again, every moment is a last. I could go on about how this is the first Easter in 35+ years my dad is not with my mom.  Tomorrow - April 1st - is their Anniversary-- their 35th Anniversary.  Tomorrow, for the first time, my dad will not celebrate with her. 

But this Easter is also, for so many, your child’s first Easter or first Easter with your wife/husband or maybe the first time you've hosted the dinner.  First time in a new house?  Or on the other end of the spectrum, first time you had to work this holiday and could not make it home or to the family gathering.

For us, it is the first Easter since Mom passed.  But yesterday was the first March 30th we spent without her and tomorrow will be the first April 1st since her passing.  My cousin, Shelli, recently lost her 43 year old husband to brain cancer.  It is her first Easter as a widow.  But his organs were donated and saved 6 lives.  Six people will, for the first time in a long time, have hope this Easter because of Shane.  SIX!!

“Firsts” are what you make them out to be.  Do I miss Mom today?  Absolutely.  But I missed her yesterday and I will miss her tomorrow.

Today is my first Easter spent in Texas (visiting, not living here).  I went for a run in shorts and a t-shirt for the first time outside since I started training for the marathon.  I had pizza for Easter dinner for the first time, ever, because we waited too long to get to the grocery store and now it is shut.  Heidi spent her Easter with our 19 month year old nephew for the first time and watched Josh look for Easter eggs for the first time.  Roth and Christina watched their 3 year old, Emmagene, and 20 month year old, Lily, look quizzically at the empty egg carton in the fridge and ponder what the Easter Bunny did with all the eggs, for the first time.


And so, I will eat a Reese’s peanut butter egg this holiday and smile; it was Mom’s favorite.  And I will reminisce about how much I looked forward to and loved to make homemade chocolate candy with her….candy molds,  chocolate covered pretzels, raisins, Buckeyes, chocolate covered coconut... if you could dip it in chocolate, we did.

But I will continue to live.  I enjoyed my pizza because she would have laughed at my inability to plan and then she would have made me a ham and mashed potatoes next time I was home to make up for it.  I will continue to have firsts and appreciate them because that’s what mom would have wanted.

Even if this Easter was the same tradition as last year and you feel it was routine, it wasn't.   Every moment is a first. 

So I challenge you all to look around and appreciate those firsts.  Because those firsts are also lasts.  Nothing goes according to plan, so if people were late for dinner, or the stuffing did not turn out the way you wanted, or your mother in law or aunt got on your nerves- again….who cares.  Let it go.  Enjoy where you are, what you have, and even what you don’t have.  Breathe it all in.  Look at the person next to you and the people you love and appreciate them.  Because you can.


To all of you:
I wish you a very Happy Easter/Passover/Just another Sunday.
April 1, 1978 - first days as husband and wife (Mary and Dan)
Easter 1980 something....
Easter 1993 - Nanny and Grandpop's, New Jersey
Another photo in the dining room (have you caught on to the trend yet??) - Easter 1994?


Looks like we moved to the living room this year for the Easter shot!

1999 - Home - Last year we'll all fit on the couch together (L-R Heidi, Betsy, Tina, Adam, Megan)

First time on a bicycle built for two - Mom, Heidi, Tina, Megan, and Me at the beach . All taking turns and enjoying the sun!

2001, Mom visits her first daughter at college.  


May your year be full of many firsts.  :)



Vesuvius - It’s the Final Countdown...We need YOU to reach our $10k goal. CLICK to read more and Donate


To the Top- For Their Thoughts. 

Can you help?
 
We are fighting for a cure for dementia* – WHY: for our current loved ones... for our future generations ... and heck, for us!! The reality, whether we like it or not, is everyday our odds of getting a brain degeneration disease is rising – but it doesn’t have to be.  So that’s why we’re here: To change course and run for their thoughts, for our thoughts

*Curious on what exactly is dementia?  (You're not alone!):  Common Dementias:  FTD (Frontotemporal Dementia) Pick’s Disease: ALS (Lewy Bodies) : Alzheimer’s : Parkinson’s : Vascular Dementia : Huntington’s Disease : Creutzfeldt-Jakob : etc...
 
NEXT UP: Vesuvius Race!!
Adults, kids and strollers:  26 in all.    This Sunday, 29 October. We will take on Mount Vesuvius - together - the infamous volcano 🌋 that took out Pompeii in a 2k, 5k and 10k UPHILL race to the top!
 
We are on home stretch to reach the milestone goal of $10,000 by my mother's birthday, 21 November and we have 3 events left:

 
  • 29 Oct - group run up Mt Vesuvio – 5 days away!
  • 12 Nov - Athens Marathon
  • 21 Nov - Back to Vesuvio for the final run of the season up the volcano that started this campaign.  
 

The numbers… YOUR IMPACT
  • $4,800 – what we’ve raised so far by 45 donors
  • 36 – runners that have joined in
  • 350 –miles ran
  • 106,000 feet in elevation climbed
  • 200 shares of the ForTheirThoughts campaign on social media
  • 8000 ForTheirThoughts video view

  • $10,000 – raised, by YOU in 2014 at Mary Hall Memorial ..
  • $1 MILLION – Federal government grant thanks to that $10k raised


Oh the Place WE have Gone,…
Alongside 35 others we’ll have huffed it up some amazing and crazy places!!! 
  • Mt Vesuvius, active volcano, Italy
  • Mt Etna, active volcano, Sicily
  • Mogrt , Slovenia
  • The treadmill at 7.5 grade for 5 miles (when Vesuvius was on fire)--- it was incredibly boring but I promised a weekly run and a weekly run is what you got.
  • Dolomites Sky Marathon ( up and over 8500ft, Italian Alps)
  • Path of Gods, Amalfi Coast
  • 15 flights of stairs, 7 times - Stairs in Bahrain Hotel (work trip)
The ultimate goal is $100,000.  Will I reach it?  I don't know...but it's too important to not try.


















And so, that brings us to now…3 more events to try and reach the $10,000 milestone. From here, I’ll be taking a volcano running break for the winter to work with a team to better the business plan and bring the campaign back in the spring focused on you. 

YOUR stories. 
YOUR loved ones.  
YOUR runs.

(Please message me if you have advice or already know you want to dedicate a run to one of your loved ones)

But for now, I dedicate this phase to:

- Uncle Joe, currently diagnosed with FTD
- My grandmother, Margaret
- And my loving mother, Mary Hall 
- And to all the MILLIONS of caregivers dedicating their time and lives to their loved ones.

You will not be forgotten.  You're too important.  Our next generation is too important.  


Thank YOU, everyone. 
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How to DONATE 
  1. DONATE online button
  2. Venmo- @4theirthoughts.  (avoids PayPal fees)
-please leave your email in the memo for a receipt. 
3. Directly on Bluefield Website: http://www.bluefieldproject.org/donate, Memo: "fortheirthoughts"
 
4.  And for those of you like my Dad – Check is always an option
Please mail a check or money order to:
The Bluefield Project to Cure Frontotemporal Dementia
637 Carolina St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Memo: ForTheirThoughts


All proceeds go directly to the leading Frontotemporal dementia researchers - Bluefield Project-- teaming with over 20 elite research institutes to accelerate toward a cure. 
 
 

Week 13 - In Honor of Uncle Joe...Who is your "who?"



To Understand the “why” we should raise awareness for dementia.  Let’s understand the “who.”

ü  My mother is my “who.”

ü  My Uncle Joe is my “who.”

ü  My grandmother is my “who.”

Who is yourwho?”

As I continue the weekly runs up the volcano, Vesuvius and prepare for Milestone 2: Athens Marathon, 12 November –every step is for my “who.” And to honor them with helping the next generation.  



 Uncle Joe ---a veteran, a teacher, principal, husband, father, uncle.  A man that was admired by the community and had and has a passion for helping others.  In 2013, the same year his sister and niece passed from dementia (my mother and grandmother), he was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia, FTD. 

Who is your “who?”  Who do you know with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, FTD or ALS?  Take a moment, and define them for how they lived, not the brain disorder they obtained.  If you could help prevent yourself and future generations from going through what he/she has gone through, would you?  Of course you would. 

So I ask again, who is your who?  Comment below and let’s bring awareness together.


This month, Uncle Joe, I run for you.  You are my who. 

Successes to DATE:
  1. Ground covered:  Over 400 miles ran; Over 86,000 ft climbed
  2. People reached: Over 2000 views on the last video.  Goal:  5000 for this one.
  3. Donations raised * $4300 raised.... Milestone 2: $10,000 Goal by Athens Marathon, mid November

*All proceeds going directly to FTD research and tax deductible.


Week 9: For Their Thoughts - Let's Talk About It

This month, we want your advice, let's just focus on exposure and awareness:
  1. What makes you want to click share? 
  2. What do you want to hear more about ...or less about. 
    1. Facts?   Family Story?  Prevention Advice?
  3. How best to spread the word? How do we reach 10s of 1000s?





So to kick start the August Awareness, we've outline where we are now.  Read on to find out:
1. Updates on Running For Their Thoughts success to date
2. Update on Bluefield Project's progress toward a cure for FTD!
3. And YOUR impact:  How one little ripple can start the wave to change.

Mtn Running UPDATE:

WK 8: Italian Alp Sky Marathon;  

WK 9: Back to Vesuvius

- $3,655 Raised
-  225 Total Miles Ran: 
- 51,000  Feet Climbed
- by 45 runners and donors
**Video and Photos BELOW!!!**


John F Kennedy once said, "Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events.


Join the Run!
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others...he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls...






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PROGRESS UPDATE toward a CURE:

 A few Ripples….
by a few individuals…
started Change in Frontotemporal Dementia…
q 2010: 
üNo Treatment
üNo Cure
üNo Prospects for either

Ripple….An ordinary family in Virginia… frustrated, founded Bluefield Project, and teamed up with UCSF.
q 2014: 
üAbout a dozen more research institutes were on board
üTheories on how to suppress or prevent FTD arise…
üMice trials and research underway… 
…But still not treatment or cure…

Ripple….Friends and Family in PA come together and raise $10,000  with community support. --- this $$ secured $1,000,000 from NIH
q Today:
ü21 research institutes – collaborating together
üBiomedical and Pharmaceuticals on board
üResearch pace is accelerating, trials underway
Ripple…. A PA/Cali girl, living in Naples, commits to running mountains until another $100,000 is raised…..For their Thoughts Campaign commences.  45 donors and runners have already joined

q Tomorrow:
ü     hope    
ü treatment    
ü a cure  
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Dementia is on the rise,
Look left...
Look right...
Look in the mirror...
One of you three is expected to get dementia.  Let's change that.  Let's talk about it so our kids don't have to.  


Please help Awareness August. 
Please consider sharing
~~Thank YOU~~ 




From about 8000 ft, Italian Alps


Pickles - Our Vesuvius mascot!



Jim and I before starting 26 miles


Week 7 of Running For Their Thoughts - Because It's the Right Thing To Do


Someone asked the other day: "Why are you doing this?  Why are you running up a volcano every week and raising $100k?" 

The answer seemed too simple.

And I thought and thought but still kept circling back to the same conclusion: 

It's the right thing to do.  

Week 7 - Vesuvius roads were closed due to fires but I promised a run a week, so inclined treadmill it was!
Yes, I am doing it to honor my mother- who's life was taken in her prime age of 56, the moment she was diagnosed with FTD. 

Yes, I am doing it for my Grandmother, Uncle Steve and my Uncle Joe- also diagnosed with FTD.

Yes, I am doing this for myself- because my family has the genetic form and I am petrified this disease will take me too one day (and I won't give in without a fight). 

Yes, I am doing this for my siblings who have the same risk as I...

And for my nieces and nephews.  So, Josh, who is about to celebrate his 6th birthday can also celebrate his 76th.  

So Lily, also 6, just learning to read and so excited to talk about EVERYTHING that enters her little brain, can keep chattering away until she's 87 years old. 

Yes, I am doing it for all those reasons. 

As well as the big picture --because dementia is a disease, not part of getting old, and the number is expected to  go from the already over whelming number of 35 Million to 115 Million by 2050 (World Health Organization WHO)-- making cancer numbers (which, thankfully, are shrinking due to research) look small.

I could list all the stats that make your eyes go cross. 

Yes, I am doing it for all those reasons.

But bottom line: 

Because it's the right thing to do.  

Period.
End of Story.

Bluefield Project was started by a family that vowed to fight for a cure and not let future generations lose their loved ones to dementia like they lost theirs.  That was in 2010.

Now they are funding and collaborating with 21 research institutes to find a cure.  Working together rather than competing.

Talks with biotech companies and pharmaceuticals have commenced.

Their success and progress is because they saw what was right and acted on it.


Wanna join the action? 


Likes don't save lives, people do.  

TO DONATE:

1. Online - Click the DONATE button on this page
2. Venmo - @ForTheirThoughts  #7244339227. 
3. Mail -
Please mail a check or money order to:



The Bluefield Project to Cure Frontotemporal Dementia
637 Carolina St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Memo: For Their Thoughts



Your gift to the Bluefield Project will help accelerate the search for a cure for frontotemporal dementia. The Bluefield Project is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible and the tax ID number is 27-2444495. 


A thank you letter/email will be sent with the TAX ID as well.


***Donations over $50 will receive a personal photo from the top of Mt. Vesuvius***

Amalfi Coast - substitute run while Vesuvius is closed from fires




Action Summary by the end of Week 7 (June 6th - July 18)
  • 130 miles ran by 7 people 
  • 26,000 feet of elevation climbed
  • $2,570 raised
  • Milestone 1- $2000 - reach two weeks early!
Next up:  26 miles over the Dolomites (Italian Alps) on 28 July. Can we reach $5,000 by then?  With your help, the answer is yes)




Check out "Running for Their Thoughts" YouTube Channel for more videos that week by week tell my family's story


Running For Their Thoughts - Week 3, Full Version


The running continues!!


I'm pretty sure the runs are supposed to get easier but this week was definitely a challenge.  Perhaps it was the heat.  (Or the reality that I do have a very busy day job too haha).  But it was still worth it.


I was humbled and excited to have four colleagues join me on the run.  Two were gentlemen I had just met and heard about the run and wanted to join. 


Oh, and I have definitely gotten on the good side of the Vesuvius dogs.  One in particular -- which I've unofficially named "Pickles" joined us for 5 MILES and ran along!!! 


At the top, as before, I took a few minutes to talk about FTD.  I summarize the beginning--when we realized things were off. 


You can read more about this the blog post "The Beginning - Part I."  - http://pennyfortheirthoughts.blogspot.it/2013/03/post-3-first-signs-part-i.html


I realized on the volcano, that talking about it my mom's journey will be harder than I realized.  It will open up emotions and memories I've set aside...


But I have no regrets.  Zero. 


Dementia is an epidemic that needs more attention and research.  I want to provide the best future for my nieces and nephews and that means minimizing the risk of them going through what we went through with my mom. 


Thank you for your support.


The Halls


campaign to raise awareness and raise $100,000 for a cure for FTD - frontotemporal Dementia.   All proceeds go to BluefieldProject based at UCSF.  We all seem to know someone with dementia. Let's change that for the next generation. Please share on twitter, Facebook, etc.

Running For Their Thoughts: Week 1, Run 1


Week One Run one!  To the Top, for their Thoughts - I'll keep running until $100,000 is raised!


Week One:
I kicked off the "official" campaign 13 June 2017.  I started about 5 miles down the hill and ran switchbacks up to the top (2300ft in elevation change).  10 miles in total.  Definitely a challenging run and I'll push a little further by backing down the mountain a little more every time.


Each week I'll run it again and tell you a little about dementia and my family's journey.  Some weeks hopefully I'll make you laugh, others I may make you cry (or at least make myself cry). 


FTD hits people in their prime.  My mom was only 56.  She was very aware of what was happening to her.  Her memory was intact but her communication skills and executive functions were deteriorating  It started out small...she would have troubles finding words....or she would stand in front of the sink, knowing she was supposed to do something, tears filling her eyes....  Then someone would walk over and hand her the washcloth and it would trigger a light and she'd start washing the dishes.  


Eventually she became mute.


She lost her job.


She lost her license.


All the while she was aware what was happening to her.


The dementia progressed and things became harder and hard for her. 


Her muscles began to atrophy and she began to limp, first her right side started to show paralysis.


Eventually she was wheelchair bound.  ...


We had to puree her food....


At 61 she let go.


There is not a single treatment or cure for FTD.  


Not one thing my family could do to help her.


Bluefield Project to Cure Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is working hard to find a cure and working with research and medical institutes across the nation.  With them, there is hope.  And many researchers believe that if they can figure out a cure for FTD it will open up the doors to cure other dementias. 


 I'll go into more detail in future posts.  Please consider joining the campaign. #ForTheirThoughts  #CureFTD. 

Running Volcanos - Every Week until a $100k is raised!


Mt. Vesuvius - standing at about 4200 ft tall, is the largest active volcano in Europe. 

The Skinny:  Beginning Tuesday, 13 June 2017, I am going to hike/run to the top every week until I raise $100k for dementia. 

Trial Run video on YOUTUBE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7aOqT38UzA&t=6s

As some of you know, I moved to Naples, Italy in March 2017 for a new job opportunity.  It's already been an amazing experience with new work challenges, learning a new language (or at least attempting) and traveling to new places/experiencing new cultures.  I no doubt feel extremely lucky to have this opportunity.

But I also believe you truly live in the present and life is best when it's not about yourself.

Everything since I've been here has been about me.

I was reflecting on this the other night and how I've been living silently in what my sister calls "The Eye of the Storm." 

The time after the passing of my grandmother and mother but before my generation (and maybe even myself) begins to show FTD (frontotemporal dementia) symptoms and it all begins again.  For our family, without a cure, it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when.

I then began reflecting on a promise I've made to not forget or give up.  Planning a benefit has proved to be challenging with my constant relocation of work.  What else could be done?

I run anyways...and I've been meaning to pick up my hill runs for an upcoming race....

And so I went to bed with the crazy idea of running Mt. Vesuvius once a week to raise money - maybe $10k?

I woke yesterday morning and decided $10k was not good enough.  It was time to really up the ante. 

$100k

If that takes me a year.  It takes me a year. 

I did a trial run last night to see how realistic it was. 

On the trial run....
I learned that I should wear bug spray when running up a forest road in the hot summer.
I learned I should also wear a reflective belt when climbing a windy volcano road that often has heavy cloud cover at the top.

I learned I'll be walking/running for a bit...

I learned it's gonna be tough and tiring but I'm going to do it; I will not give up.


I'll use video / social media to log the runs, and keep everyone updated.  I'll educate and hopefully amuse you all along the way.  (There may be costumes involved in the future...).  I hope to tell others stories, touch your hearts and souls.  Every one of us knows someone suffering from dementia.  Some of you may even be caregivers -- the unspoken, unnoticed hero.  Keeping it together even when their heart is breaking.

Finally, I hope this encourages others to run mountains to reach their own goals.  (Hills are ok too).

There is more to come....this is just the beginning.

One climb at a time, one week at a time, til $100k is raised. 

---Betsy Hall - See ya at the Top!!

#PennyForTheirThoughts  via  #RunningForTheirThoughts

Check out Video 1 of the Trial run on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7aOqT38UzA&t=6s


Penny for YOUR thoughts


Today is November 21st, 2016.

Today my mom, Mary, would have been 65.

She would have been married to Dad for 38 years

She would have 7 grandchildren. 

She probably would still be rocking a perm hair do and wearing ugly Christmas sweaters (but not as a joke, but because she actually liked them…)

She would have my dad in the dog house right now--for buying yet another car (that doesn’t run,) for yet another project that he won’t get to anytime ever….

 

Instead, she passed away at only 61.

Instead, she was married for 34 years, 11 months and 2 weeks.

Instead, she met only 4 of the grandchildren.

Instead, she lost her ability to read, write and speak, beginning at the age of 56.  She went from being a nurse to having 24-hour care in just a few years.  Eventually she became wheelchair bound and then bedridden.  She lost her ability to eat and swallow and our family had to make the decision to let her go….



On March 13th, 2013, Mom died from the conditions of Dementia.  Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). 

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Confession:  When I opened my tablet to write this post for Mom's Birthday, I was in conflict.  I wanted to outpour how much I miss her and all the awesome things about her.  It's so easy to talk on the positive attributes and make someone a saint after they've passed.  But what's important is not to remember her as a saint; but to remember her as a human.  As an imperfect mother of 5 with flaws and mediocre cooking skills (sorry mom, you made a great lasagna but let's not embellish).  And she certainly was not attention seeking.  Mom never wore more than basic blush and lipstick.  Mom dressed simply and sought satisfaction in life through actions and putting others first.  If she was alive today, she would have already assessed which of her adult children needed her the most for Thanksgiving preparations (all 5 of us now live in different states- PA, VA, MD, CA, and AZ) and she would already be there, tending to the grandchildren, making pies and just knowing what needed to be done to lessen the stress-- but none of it would not occur without some tension and arguments-- that's family, that's human nature. 


Helping and loving was easy for Mom, it was the only way she knew.   



Deeds not words shall speak me.”  -- her mantra  in her high school yearbook and defined how she lived.




And so, this year, instead of listing off everything that was amazing about her, let’s take her lead and give forward.  It’s time to start fighting again.  Time to plan another benefit for a cure for dementia/for FTD.  If you’ve followed this blog, you know this will be the third fundraiser.  You will also know the basics of “frontotemporal dementia” (FTD).  For those that are new, FTD is a dementia that strikes most between ages 40 and 60.  My family has the genetic form (linked to protein TDP43) and each of us risk (50%) having already been born with it and are now just biding our time and praying for the best.   

So, Mom, for your 65th birthday, we are going to keep fighting for your family, for your grandchildren, for the thousands and millions of others that have been impacted by dementia.   




To kick off this year’s planning here’s a (1) few quick facts for those new to this blog, (2) a quick list of help we’ll be seeking in the future, (3) and for today - a survey monkey (2 minutes of your time) that I’m hoping you all will fill out to help us plan the event.




 Quick Facts:

·       Did you know that dementia takes more lives than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined?  (not knocking on either of those, just noting the statistic)

·       Did you know that dementia (including Alzheimer’s) will cost the nation over $230 BILLION by the end of 2016?

·       Did you know FTD represents an estimated 10%-20% of all dementia cases. It is recognized as one of the most common presenile dementias (meaning it occurs in a younger population).

·       And finally, on a personal level:  Do you know anyone that has had dementia?  Alzheimer’s? ALS?  Parkinson’s?  FTD?



Some of you knew my mom well.  Some of you may have never known her, but you answered yes to knowing someone with dementia.  This disease impacts nearly everyone. Wouldn’t you want to help/honor your loved one too?



Over the next few months, my family and I will be looking for

·       Businesses to sponsor the event

·       Items/baskets to raffle off (to give you an idea, last event we raffled NFL, NHL and MLB tickets, kayaking trips, beer, wine, jewelry, lottery tickets, kids toys, gifts cards, etc.….A full list of ideas and suggestions will be posted soon)

·       Event planning/Preparation support

·       PR help – help us get the word out please

·       Event volunteers



But for today: 

SURVEY MONKEY…TWO MINUTES of your time to answer the 10 survey monkey questions.  The intent of the survey is to understand what you would like to see at a Dementia Benefit.  This year, it will be hosted in California but we’ll be doing other fundraising (like lottery tickets and sponsorships) leading up to the event, so if you’re remote, you can still help!!


The link to the survey is at the BOTTOM of this post.


To learn more about where the proceeds go, I’ll refer you to the last post that explains who Bluefield Project is, and what benefits have already occurred thanks to your support and fundraising. 

Click on “The Positive Impacts of Your Donations Explained.” 



In closing,
To all of you:  Thank you for reading and thank you for your responses in the survey (link below).




And Mom – to you, this is a promise to not forget and to not give up….



Even if you’ve forgotten my name,
Or the nickname I always called you.
Even if you’ve forgotten you loved me,
I will just remember for two. 


I know you don’t know who I am,
When I bend to give you a kiss.
You might not shed a tear,
For the things that you will miss.


But I will miss every moment,
All the th8ings we planned to do.
And I promise with all my heart, Mom,
I will always remember you.
(written by Virginia Pasqurelli)


Happy Birthday, Mom.  We all miss you. 



November 21st 1951 –  March 13th 2013
Mary Margaret Hall
Beloved Mother and Wife



SURVEY MONKEY:


SAN DIEGO EVENT - click here -- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FC8YNLY



PENNSYLVANIA EVENT - click here -- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SPHN5VX