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  1. #1
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    Sorry I haven't been here - a bicycle for the cancer ward

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    First I must apologize for being away for so long. But once my Dear Husband couldn't ride anymore, and I no longer had time to ride any more, it hurt too much to visit. A lot of you know that my husband has cancer, and sadly, it's terminal. The first time he was in the oncology ward, last september, he was a fit athlete. He really chafed at the fact that his daily exercise regime was restricted to walking laps pushing an IV cart. He asked for an exercise bike, and they brought him an old broken thing; the saddle didn't set, there was only one speed... when they found out what condition it was in, they threw it away.
    Anyway, DOnald wanted to start a campaign to save enough money to buy the oncology ward a recumbent exercise bike. But then surgery, a 52 day hospital stay, and recurring cancer pushed that out of his consciousness.
    He has been back in the oncology ward for the last week because he has a lot of problems, but we could see there were other people there who were still very fit, doing the same thing he did; racing around the ward, pushing their carts, which led him to resolve, we've got to get that going. He just doesn't have much time. A lot of people on bike journal were saving "Pansy Quarters" for this purpose last fall. Hopefully they kept going. Donald saved 170 dollars just in quarters!
    For those that do not know about Pansy, she's a gal who fought liver cancer for about 8 years while amassing thousands of miles a year on HER bike. Donald was bitterly disappointed to not be able to follow in her footsteps. So, if you have Pansy Quarters, or want to save Raleighdon QUarters for that matter and make a donation to this fund, it would really honor him.
    here's the website: https://community.swedish.org/donaldboothby

    ps if you do donate, please put "Team Estrogen" in the comment field!
    Last edited by Biciclista; 07-11-2012 at 05:46 AM.
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  2. #2
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    I wish I was closer. I have a nice recumbent exercise bike, it was used in a hospital for rehabilitation purposes. It's just sitting in our basement collecting dust. I've been trying to sell it on craigslist and no one is interested.

    I'll go check out the donation page . . .

    Sorry you are both having to go through this. Will be thinking of you both.
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    Thanks for your offer Limewave. Because it IS a hospital, they have serious rules about what can be acquired. We found one we liked in October and were thinking of buying it, but they said, no it had to be this super fancy one... So the hospital will be picking out what bike it is. Thanks for reading my post.
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    Mimi,

    I am so very, very sorry to hear about Don's recurrence. I realized I hadn't seen you on here lately and hoped that this was not why. There are simply no words, but prayers will be sent to both of you.
    Emily

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    Glad to see you back, and to give us an update on Don. I'm so sorry you're having to go through this, but it makes me smile that he wants to give something to others while struggling with his own illness.
    (((Hugs))) to both of you. Please keep coming back (even if only for short updates). Will be thinking of you both.
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    ((((Mimi and Don)))). You've been on my mind a lot lately and, ironically, I Googled your names yesterday to see if perhaps there was an update anywhere, e.g., on Bikeforums. I am heartbroken to read your update. I so, so sorry, Mimi. I wish I had something profound to say, but words fail me. You are and will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
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    I hadn't seen anything regarding you and Don for a while and I was so fearful for you both. I am truly heartbroken for you Mimi; I immediately donated. I hope this helps.

    You are in my thoughts.
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    Awash with emotions for you and Don. Glad you are focusing on each other and doing the best you can in a tough situation. I will gladly share your link and see if we can get some donations coming in.

    Hold tight, do check in, Everyone is on your side.
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    ((Mimi and Don)) - I'm so sorry to hear about Don. I have no words except that Dam" this is just not fair. All my thoughts and love flowing your way.

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    I don't post much but lurked most every day, often wondering how you were doing and feared your absence was not a good sign. {{{Don, Mimi}}} I will keep you in my prayers.

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    (((((((Don and Mimi))))))) Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.
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    Oh Mimi, sweetheart, I was wondering where you were so so sad to hear this

    I'll be donating first thing. Big hugs to you both.
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    ((((((Mimi and Don)))))). Cancer sucks. It just sucks. I am keeping you both in my thoughts.

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    Mimi, you and Don are in my prayers.
    I know it has to be a time of great tribulation, but hope love indeed conquers all.

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    Mimi, I think about you everyday. This is an amazingly thoughtful idea that will really make a difference. I wish someone had thought of it sooner so RD could have used it. Hugs to you both.
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