You-know-who turned 10 months old over the long weekend. She's getting up there! Starting to be such a ham-ball too with her great little personality. She's also starting to test the limits. She'll do thing, turn to us and see if we react. I gave her a stern NO when she tried to lean on a small table that wouldn't come close to holding her up...she cried for a good 2 minutes straight. Full tears and everything!
My folks made the trip down for Mother's Day Weekend and we had a great time. Most of it spent just hanging around the house with J-bird, but we did snag some sandwiches at Tony Lukes, ran some errands, had a big brunch at Blackbird, and spent as much time as possible outside!
We had some fun playing in the car for a bit while Kelly ran an errand!
So yeah...guess we need to start using the child locks on the car doors!
So a couple weeks back we got a new 55" TV and some other electronics that are part of our big family room re-do. [more on that in the coming weeks]. In any event, the new TV has built in wifi and thus we can use Skype directly through it. Miss J loves seeing Grammy and Grampa on the big screen! The best part is that we don't have to hold our iPhones like we usually do when we Facetime or Tango. The TV has a webcam that's built right into it and can pickup pretty much the entire room. Very cool!
Two weeks ago I was up in Beantown for a family friends wedding and managed to squeeze in a few hours early one morning to snap some maternity shots of Erin, Matt and, Baby O. We started off in the Boston Public Gahden, walked over to Beacon Hill, and then made our way down to the Moakely Courthouse.
As you probably know, every year I look forward to riding the 200 mile cycling adventure across Massachusetts known as the Pan Mass Challenge. However, with Miss Julia’s impending arrival a week before the ride last year, I was forced to take the year off and support those riding from the sidelines.
I vowed to be back on the bike in 2013 and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I know I won’t have a lot of time to train with an almost 1 year old running around, so I was planning to ride one of the reduced mileage routes that the PMC offers. Maybe a 1-day, 50 mile route? Take things slow and ease back into it.
Well, plans change! The past few months we have been following the story of a good friend of my wife’s family who is battling melanoma. To say that it is aggressive would be an understatement. He’s got an extremely difficult path ahead of him, but his spirit, openness, and sense of humor are like nothing I’ve ever seen before.
As a cancer survivor myself you would think I have a good idea of what he is going through, but you know what, I don’t. Not a clue! I was 18 years old when I was sick. Fresh out of high school and I thought I was invincible. In the grand scheme of things, I had it relatively easy compared to what many people go through when they have cancer. A surgery, 3 rounds of chemo, and 1 more surgery for good measure and I was out of the woods. At this point I consider it little more than a speed bump since I’ve been cancer free for 17 years and counting!
The guy I’m talking about above has a wife and two beautiful young children at home that are counting on him to get better. They need him to win this battle. I could never even begin to imagine what he’s going through and thinking about every day as he battles through various surgeries and treatments, knowing the difficult odds that face him.
The 50 mile ride was the easy way out. The majority of people staring down a cancer diagnosis don’t get to take the easy way out, so I’m not going to either. I’m going to ride the whole 200 miles; struggling over the steep hills and suffering on the hot asphalt. But it’s worth it, because the money needs to be raised and this is the best way I know how to do it.
Also, I am not sure if I will be able to ride in 2014, so I would like to set a huge goal for this year. The minimum I’m required to raise is $5,000, but I’d like to double it with a goal of $10,000. The need is just so critical. Many of you have been generous in the past, so I have every confidence that we can reach this goal. To get things started Kelly, Julia, and I are going to contribute a $500 donation so only $9,500 more to go!
Please give whatever you can and know that every single dollar helps and every penny of that dollar will go directly to research and care at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Dana Farber is on the cutting edge of so many research and treatment programs and this is in large part due to the millions of dollars the PMC raises for it each year. And they’ve got an ambitious goal this year; $38 million!
Thank you again for your generous support!
- Kevin Nowak
HOW TO DONATE
I’ll be riding with Team Xaverian again this August 3rd and 4th and as in years past, 100% of your donation will be passed through to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. There are 2 very simple ways to make a contribution.
1. 1. Mail a check made out to either Pan Mass Challenge or Kevin Nowak to:
email me at knowak31 AT gmail.com and I'll get you my address.
- In the “Donate to Riders” section search for “Nowak” or “KN0052”
- Enter the amount you’d like to donate and then click “Continue”
- Enter your information and credit card number for a secure transaction
While the ride doesn’t take place until the first weekend in August I try to get the fundraising part out of the way early so I can focus on training when the weather turns warm. Thank you in advance for your generous donation!
Last week I attended a lunch at one of those private clubs that pretty much every city has, located way up high in one of said cities towers. Not to shabby a view from the 52nd floor! This is at 17th and Market Street, right in the heart of Center City Philly...
Looking West towards 30th Street Station:
South Philly [Lincoln Financial Field is in the distance on the left of the image]:
A few shots looking East towards the Delaware River, Ben Franklin Bridge, and New Jersey beyond:
I'm sure you could find a worse spot to have lunch, right? Food was pretty darn good too!