Sara was inspired by Ashley's generosity - so much so she wanted to have a way to help others during the holidays which has become a difficult time of your for us. She had an idea - let's feed members of our community who may be lonely or with food or housing during this time of year. Our church was gracious enough to let us their kitchen for preparing a traditional Christmas dinner. We had several members of our church and biological family show up to help. We fed 7 individuals from outside our church. SUCCESS!
The OCUMC Youth Group will be helping one of their congregation members, Ray Watts, by painting his house in the near future. As you can see from the photo above the south side of his house needs some work.
Thanks to everyone who helped me raise over $3700 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in rememberance of Ashley. I finished the Eugene 1/2 marathon walk with a total time of 3 hours and 40 minutes which is about 16:50 per mile pace. For me the time's not important -- the point of my participation was to raise money for cancer patients and increase public awareness of their needs.
A special thank you to my aunt Janet and cousin Abby who particpated with me and made the experience fun. They made the event even more meaningful by wearing pictues of Ashley on their backs!
Again, a shout out to everyone at Oregon City United Methodist Chuch who helped me raise more than $1100 at a recent lunch which was so successful in part by a generous donation from Oregon City Haggen Food & Pharmacy.
In all, participating with Team in Training was a great experience that I will likely do again. I encourage others to consider doing so.
Thanks to everyone at Oregon City United Methodist Church who helped me raise $1100 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS.) It was fun serving lunch to my church family and honoring Ashley and other cancer patients in the process. Thank you for making the fundraiser so successful!
Also a shout out to Oregon City Haggen Food & Pharmacy which made a generous donation of groceries to the event. This reduced my costs and made the event even more successful.
Here's a scan of an assignment Ashley completed just days before she passed away. The question, "Life as a Genius," was part of a larger assignment after reading "Flowers for Algernon" in her 8th grade literature class.
From an 8th Grade Assignment.
You'd have to know Ashley to understand how her response to such a question could be bold but humble at the same time. She desired to be great and to do great things. 'World Domination,' was one way she expressed that desire. Another way was by having a heart for helping others and as mentioned before, by doing so.
Ashley's desire to cure cancer is motivating me and others to work even harder at raising funds for LLS. Ashley's aunt and cousin are raising funds and awareness by participating in the the Eugene half marathon with me.
Also, a shout out to the church I attend, Oregon City United Methodist Chuch which is letting me host a lunch there onSunday April 18th to raise funds for LLS. The Oregon City Haggen Food & Pharmacy has agreed to offset some of my costs by donating groceries to the event. Thanks to everyone who is getting involved whether it be by donation, by support, or by walking!
(c) 2009 Chelsea Myers
Sara and I have been working with Oregon City United Methodist Church (OCUMC) youth to start Ashley's Closet which is the their outreach of mission activities. Recently the youth group completed their first successful clothing drive.