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Wings Of Hope Racing For A Cure For Thyroid Cancer

Post Published: 10 December 2009
Category: thyroid cancer awareness
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As you know, our Thyrella, Chris Prestano is racing for a cure for thyroid cancer. Her team is called “Wings of Hope“. As Chris says, “If bitching were a cure for cancer, I’d be in remission”. As you can see, even with thyroid cancer, she continues to make us laugh while fighting like hell for a cure for thyroid cancer.

A recent update from Jennifer Bridge, a “Wings of Hope” team member, wote “It’s a Small World“, a beautiful post that I encourage all of you to read.

Recently, Jennifer became another Dear Thyroid Thyrella when she joined us for the “Thyoliday Blues and Truths Blog Tour“.

We have some pretty cool updates from these dames who are, quite literally, kicking thyroid cancer’s ass. Thanks to this OUTSTANDING Dear Thyroid community, each one of us is helping “Wings of Hope” to achieve their goals. What a fabulous Thyamily we are.


Every contribution counts. Pennies are tight, to be sure. Each of our pennies are adding up to some impressive dollars.

Here is the latest dish from Chris: Wings of Hope: Week 1 Update — 11/29/09- 12/5/09

We are very pleased to announce that only after ONE week, Wings of Hope is Number 1 out of 71 teams for the most money raised for ACS’s Relay for Life Johns Hopkins University on April 16, 2010. ,  And we couldn’t have done it without you!

We would like to give special thanks to the following people:

Supporters Robert Bruce, Robert Hansen, Shawn Jirik, Kim Spisler, Kim Eisenberg, and Lisa Redmond

  • Thyroid Cancer Survivor Carol DiFelice
  • Thysister Robyn Davis Hahn
  • Thyrella Lori A. Callahan
  • Thyroid Cancer Family Member Jeane Kidwel

In our first week, we have grown our relay team to four members:

  • Co-Captain Chris Prestano
  • Co-Captain Jennifer Bridge
  • Thyroid Cancer Survivor Angel McMellin
  • Supporter Jen Engesser

A very special thanks goes out to Dear Thyroid for joining our cause. ,  The three thyroid cancer survivors on our team will be proudly wearing Dear Thyroid t-shirts stating that we are “Kicking Thyroid Cancer’s Ass” during the relay. ,  In addition to donating our attire, Dear Thyroid has been a tremendous help by promoting our cause on their website: www.dearthyroid.org. ,  Thank you, ladies! ,  Your support has been tremendous momentum for us.

We would also like to thank ThyCa (Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.), a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the support, education and communication for thyroid cancer survivors, families and friends. ,  They have donated brochures and other information for us to distribute at the event.

While I was on my latest medical trip to Baltimore, Co-Captain Jennifer Bridge has been a very busy lady. ,  In addition to recruiting team members, getting donations and keeping up with her thyroid cancer survivor’s blog; she has been working on our team website, our team facebook page, and attended her first team captains meeting. ,  This lady seriously rocks!

This is a really kick ass start in our fight against cancer!

Our second week is all ready off to a great start with new team members joining and fundraising plans in the works.

On another note, please keep the following people in your thoughts and prayers this week:

Team member Angel McMellin. ,  She is currently prepping for radioactive iodine treatment and living with the joys of the Low Iodine Diet (LID) and being hypothyroid. ,  We pray for to find continued strength and energy in the days ahead.

Victoria. ,  An older lady I met this weekend who has a 3 cm tumor on her thyroid. ,  Even though her fine needle aspiration (FNA) came back clean, she will be having a partial thyroidectomy on January 26th just four days after the birth of her first grandchild.

This is why we fight back. ,  These are the reasons that we relay!

Until next week;

Wings of Hope

Please visit Chris’s team page and donate what you can. I digress, every penny counts and is tremendously appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email Chris.

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3 Responses to “Wings Of Hope Racing For A Cure For Thyroid Cancer

  1. This is such a cool post! Wings of Hope is going to kick some thyroid cancer ass and we are so blessed to be supported by so many amazing people, including the Dear Thyroid community. Thank you!!

  2. Chris Prestano says:

    I just had a chance to see this. You ladies are so fantastic that you bring tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for all that you’re doing for us. You are a HUGE part of our success!

  3. Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by katieschwartz: Great update from “Wings of Hope”, racing for a cure for #ThyroidCancer http://bit.ly/6s5Z4y, every penny counts, luuuuvahs…

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