Dear friends and family, I have just added two events to the Wind Song Foundation “Events” page. Check it out! I will be adding more events in the future. Stacey
Twisters Climbing Gym will have a band benefit for Stacey on Saturday, Oct. 29th, at 1:30 p.m. Come climb with your friends and enjoy the music! All donations will be tax-deductible.
Twisters Climbing Gym
2639 Terminal Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2005
The Flying Tigers Tae Kwon Do Academy at Twisters Gym will sponsor a Kick-a-thon for Hope. Each athlete will get sponsors per kick, and will have one hour to complete as many kicks as possible. This is the second Kick-a-thon. Last year\’s event raised over $400. Many thanks to Master Dustin for organizing this fund-raiser. To sponsor an athlete, contact Stacey at email@example.com.
Tuesday night I went to Stanford stadium with Isa and Ana to climb the stairs for the last time this season. I started with Isa, who rushed through 10 sets in about half and hour, and stayed to finish my workout with Ana, who arrived later. As we finished, the sky turned into a beautiful light pink pattern, the stadium quickly grew darker, and the air became crisp and cool. Even in California the seasons change. We will have to find an alternative way to get exercise now. Stacey, from Belmont
CALIFORNIA NEWS : I just signed up on-line to be an organ donor. Here’s some exciting news: SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ — In a history-making move, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Senate Bill 689 — legislation designed to save tens of thousands of lives by calling on the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to partner with the new Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry*. Under the new law, the California DMV will begin on July 1, 2006 to capture donor decisions of licensed drivers on new and renewal license applications, and will electronically share that information with the Donate Life California Registry. Registrants will also be able to make a voluntary contribution of $2.00 or more to the registry and public education about donation. “Never before has the state of California had a registry system accessible to all,” said Jackie Speier, (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), author of the legislation. “By partnering with the DMV, the Donate Life California Registry will provide all 23 million licensed drivers with the opportunity to give life through organ and tissue donation. This law potentially boosts the ranks of those committed to donate life from the tens of thousands to the millions.” Until the law takes effect next July, the Donate Life California Registry will continue to be available only online at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org Currently in California, nearly 19,000 people wait for a life-saving transplant — 21% of the nation’s total of nearly 90,000 transplant candidates. Tragically, one-third of those waiting will die waiting due to a lack of donors. The numbers demonstrate the need to better identify those willing to give life. Each registrant has the potential to save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance another 50 lives through tissue donation. Stacey, from Belmont
Thanks for writing, Felix. That is a funny story. I feel a little bit better! This Saturday, Oct. 29th, there will be a “Kick-a-thon for Hope” sponsored by the Flying Tigers Tae Kwon Do Academy at Twisters Gym in Mountain View. et’s support these good-hearted young athletes! To sponsor an athlete, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. CLIMBING PARTY WITH A BAND! There will also be a band playing for a party at Twisters Climbing Gym to benefit my medical fund. The band will start playing around 1:30 p.m. Climbing is free with a small donation. Come check out the rennovated gym and climb for a cause! All donations are tax-deductible. Medication expenses beyond insurance are approximately $200/month so there is still a great need for fundraising. Many thanks to Twisters owner Ron, and department managers Dustin and Jess for sponsoring these events. Stacey, from Belmont
Hi again Stacey! Oh, you didn’t lose too badly, at least not in the 15-7 game. Just kidding! 15-2 is still a whole lot better than a shutout! If it makes you feel better I have quickly learned that near-professionals are a whole different level than the rest of us, be it cycling, running… or badminton. Reminds me of a time when I used to think I was good at chess. Then a homeless guy in SF (who presumably does this all the time) challenged me to a game of chess right there on the street and I lost to him, within 10 minutes, TWICE. I did not play again for many years after that. 🙂 Anyhow, I am proud of you for even trying! -felix, from Fort Collins
Felix, thanks for taking care of my website. Nice to hear from you! On Sunday, I played in a badminton doubles tournament at a professional club called the Golden Gate Badminton Club. It was a great event. There were four levels: A,B,C/D (combined.) I entered the lowest flight, but my team was quickly beaten in the first match, 15-2, 15-7, and then we went to the consolation round. Even though I got in some good moves, we lost the first consolation round, too. I had trouble catching my breath, so I played up front while my partner, Anna Dang, ran around in the back. It was tough playing against such good players, and the experience really humbled me. At first I felt disappointed at how far I have to go, but now I am motivated to get stronger and better at the sport. Looking back, I realize that it was an accomplishment to just participate, be able to play the games, and not get sick in the process and have to drop out. Before the competition, I was worried about disappointing my partner. For someone who has excelled at sports in the past, it is a hard reality that my body is not up to competition level among able-bodied athletes. Maybe the Transplant Games will be different. We will see…, Stacey, from Belmont
Mmmm, your last entry made me hungry. The meal Rhona made for you sounded absolutely delicious! Anyhow, agreed connections are very important. And thus allow me to say I feel very honored to be a friend of yours. Well have a wonderful rest of the week and take care out there! -felix, from Fort Collins
Felix, thanks for the hint! As usual, Felix has been doing some incredible athletic feats himself, such as climbing the face of Half-Dome and doing 200-mile cycling events. Check out his website blog at w w w. felixwong.com (without the spaces.) At this point in my life, connections with people are very important. I hope it will always be this way, but I know once I get better I will have a job and less time to spend with people. Last week I had the pleasure of going on a memorable picnic to Twin Pines Park with Rhona. It was a happy discovery to find a little park so close to my house. Rhona spread out some towels on the picnic table in the woods and laid out the meal…tofu, sesame green beans, red cabbage and vinnegar, rice cakes, fuji apples, and ginger tea! I was very impressed at her thoughtfulness and good taste in food! Stacey, from Belmont