Run 4 Larry

Charity Ride for Head and Neck Cancer

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MEALS! MEALS! & more MEALS!

Posted by [email protected] on June 29, 2016 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 WHOOP! WHOOP!

We are having steak dinner included with breakfast and lunch to all registered participants.  How much better can it get?

We are ready and set to go, are you?

We have registration bags all ready with gifts, programs, tshirts, route directions and maps.  More door prizes than I can count.  Auction Items and the list goes on.

We're looking forward to seeing all of you there ready to ride!

We may even have some live entertainment if all goes well, but tell anyone it's a secret!

We have a place for lunch!

Posted by [email protected] on May 24, 2016 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Bob's Motorsport has stepped up to the plate.  Duke's Harley Davidson pulled the rug out from under us, so Bob's Motorsport laid a whole new floor for us.  They won't be able to open the store, but they are letting us use their lot for our lunch meeting.  That is all we wanted from Duke's Harley Davidson.

Let's make this even better.  Hudson's Motorcycle in Tilbury is letting us meet up there as well, so we can stop regroup amd then move on to Bob's Motorsport.  It is like someone tried to stop this and all that happened is it has gained momentum.

We are moving forward!

BREAKFAST!!!

Posted by [email protected] on April 22, 2016 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We have breakfast food.  Hopefully we can come up with some eggs, toast and bacon too.  So far we have cereal, biscuits & gravy, tea, juice, etc.  We are trying toget Tim Hortons to donate coffee & donuts.  If anyone has suggestions we are open to listening and working on that too.

We have quite a bit of food for lunch but are hoping for more.  If we get enough we will provide dinner too.

Wouldn't that be great, all 3 meals for the day!  Let's hope so.

More on that as we get there.

We have an emergancy plan!

Posted by [email protected] on April 10, 2016 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

WOW!  Brian's Towing of Windsor, Ontario is donating the use of one of their trucks and drivers in case someone breaks down on the road!

They will follow our ride immediately behind the bikes and if any of the bikes has an issue they will load it up on the truck and continue on the run so the rider doesn't miss out on any of the fun.

This is one of the BEST donations we have had so far and we want to thank Brian's for assisting us in this worthwhile effort!

Things get better all the time

Posted by [email protected] on March 27, 2016 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

It's been a long week but a good end.  There was interest in the run by the MSTR at the meeting yesterday it is great to know that groups you belong to support you and your efforts.  Sometimes if you have been trying to do something you know is the right thing and no one seems to notice it is very disheartening.  Then you get encouraged when you see others who notice.

We stopped by Dick Scott (where we bought both our Indian's) and they are supporting us with a donation, even thought they won't be able to write it off since we don't have a US charitable tax id.  That was another bright spot, to know that it isn't all about the money for everyone.  I hope others appreciate what Dick Scott's doing for us without the hope of any profit for themself.  That is TRUE charitable thoughts.

Anyhow  I just wanted to keep you up to speed with a short note, so thank you everyone for the support!

Helen!



Why are we doing this?

Posted by [email protected] on March 6, 2016 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Lately there have been questions as to why Bryan and I feel this is important.

Anyone who knows us knows we are philanthropic.  Along with philanthropy comes a deep  concern and love for others.  Since Bryan has gone through this whole situation we decided others should not have to  go  through it if there is any way to avoid the trials and tribulations we experienced.

So here is a description (it was WAY worse than it sounds too!) of what it is like and the events surrounding our decision to find a way to end the horror associated.


Bryan, a smoker for over 40 years, started having trouble speaking and swallowing in August 2010.  Doctors repeatedly told him it was just a throat infection.

After returning from losing her brother to Bladder Cancer in October 2010 Helen told Bryan to see a different doctor.  He did just that.

Bryan had a tracheotomy on December 21, 2010.  He was diagnosed with Stage 4 Laryngeal Cancer Christmas Day 2010.  (Merry Christmas! what a present that was).

Bryan had a total radical resection in January 2011.  After 13 hours of surgery Bryan emerged with a new esophagus created from his arm and his arm reconstructed from his leg.

Helen threatened “If you die on me I will kick you so hard you will come back in that body just to make me stop.” and "If you die on me I will tie a rope around your ankle and drag you around with me until you stink so bad people will tell you 'Man Bryan you REALLY! stink.' just to make you miserable."

The life changes effected by this cancer are incomprehensible.  Never would Bryan and Helen have imagined how different their life would be.  The saving grace is in 2016 Bryan is ALIVE!!!!  Without the London Health Sciences Center Head and Neck team and their heroic efforts Bryan would not be here today.

People need to be educated and learn how drastic this diagnosis is and the changes which must be endured because of this cancerous tumor on life!  Bryan not only lost his sense of smell, taste, voice, (ask Helen about this), snoring (this was a blessing for Helen), ability to swallow, etc.; but now he must clean his stoma several times a day and travel to London, Ont. approximately every six weeks to get his prosthetic implant replaced.  Then there are the noisy pieces of equipment which must be dragged around in case they are needed when on vacation.  The suction machine, the humidification, CPAP, etc.

Bryan and Helen’s twin grandsons born in 2011 accept the hole in Bryan’s neck as they have never known anything different, however they are now asking questions about it as their friends and other people seem appalled and unable to look at Bryan or else they stare at the hole in his neck.

More research is needed to find ways to enhance the quality of life for the survivors of this horrendous diagnosis.  Perhaps someday Bryan and others like him will someday be able to breathe, speak, and eat like those who have not had to undergo such extensive lifesaving surgery.  Until then education and research are needed to get there.

PLEASE Help!!!!!!

Posted by [email protected] on March 1, 2016 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

We are Moving Forward!   We are looking for donations and help in several areas.

  • We need a Lead/Contact for the London to Chatham portion.

    • Lead will be responsible for leading the Run from London to Chatham and back

    • Lead will coordinate the safety people responsible for stopping procession interference at intersections.

  • We need donations for breakfast and lunch whether food or money both will help!

  • We need donations for the door prizes, raffles, giveaways.  These can be in the form of items, coupons, bags, or financial.

If you are interested or have any questions regarding any of the above requests, please contact Helen @ 519-258-4390 or [email protected].

We are working on this!

Posted by [email protected] on February 23, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We are doing this!

If you have ever known some one or been through having a tracheatomy yourself you know the life changes it puts you through.

We decided those HUGE changes and quality of life decisions and options need to be improved.  This can only be accomplished through research and education.  So we are starting with some of the most understanding and charitable people out there; believe it or not MOTORCYCLISTS!

This charity run will introduce you to some people who have been through this life changing experience.

We have BIG plans for this, but we need help.  If you can help us in any way with time, research or even thoughts and ideas we would LOVE to hear from you.

Thanks for listening.

Helen

Loss

Posted by [email protected] on Comments comments (0)

It is with much confusion and a heavy heart I am forced to announce that Dukes Harley Davidson has decided to remove its name from our list of donors.

In Sept. 2015 we contacted Dukes Harley Davidson (our FIRST contact on this venture) to enlist them as an initial donor to help in our cause.  We corressponded in person at Dukes Harley Davidson with Chris Hall, via telephone and email regarding our plans.  Chrs Hall willingly agreed with us, this venue would be beneficial  not only to our cause but it woud also benefit his business, to allow us to use his parking lot as the primary area for our event .  This would entail only the use of his parking lot as we have our own security, insurance, generators, grills, tables, seating, tents, PA System, etc.  We would bring 50 to 100 motorcyclist enthusiasts to his business location.  This would draw attention to his business by potential customers, showcasing them as charitable and amenable, to an untapped customer base,  whether they were open or not.

We felt Dukes Harley Davidson was an excellent location for our venue as it is centrally located between the two start points and was appropriate to the audience.  We asked only for the use of the parking lot, although Chrs Hall made offers of other assitance, which delighted us!

While the founders of Run 4 Larry were out of the area we were contacted by the Chatham Kent Police and informed there had been allegations of fraud made against us.  We have proven this is not case by openly providing email correspondence between ourselves and Dukes Harley Davidson as well as the letters of authorization from London Health Sciences and all relevant contact information detailing our committment to this cause.

Dukes Harley Davidson's only explanation for this decision, was they believed the date was Saturday July 2nd not Sunday July 3rd..

I am at a complete loss to explain the allegations and reasoning for a costly investigation both into our reputation and intentions for the Chatham Kent Police Deparmen,t as well as the stress and costs involved for us, if it is somehing as simple as a communication error or misunderstanding.

PLEASE, if you have any questions at any time regarding this underfunded worthwhile cause contact us IMMEDIATELY!  The costs involved in graphic redesign and printing are rapidly mounting and we are trying to keep the costs at a minimum to furter the donations available to London Health Sciences.

Sincerely;

Helen K. Wolfe

 Bryan Halfday


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