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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

We interrupt the usual nonsense...

There will be no yuks today. This will be a yuk-free post. I am taking a break from my usual snarky, sarcastic, smarmy, sexy, goofy, fun-loving self (that's right, I said sexy) to direct your attention to a blog which deserves your attention, a blog that has more heart and substance in a single post than mine does in an entire month's worth of archives.

Please do me a favor and check out Laurianne's Hope. Some of you may know Lynda from her blog Lynda's Great Journey. Laurianne's Hope is a living, loving tribute to Laurianne maintained by Lynda, her sister, and Henry, her father.

Laurianne died on October 22, 2005 of lung cancer. She was 25 years old. She left behind not only her parents and sister, but also her infant son, Calem. Calem turned one year old this past Monday.

Laurianne never smoked in her life. She grew up in a non-smoking household. Lung cancer does not only claim the lives of smokers.

What was Laurianne's hope?

I am amazed how many people are affected. I read that 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life! I hope that Calem and his generation will not have to worry about cancer as much as we do. ~ Laurianne Koning

Laurianne's Hope is a valuable resource for information regarding cancer in general and lung cancer in particular. There is information on how to quit smoking and there are links to sites where you can purchase books about cancer. But it is so much more than that.

It is a loving testament to Laurianne by those who knew her best and loved her most. It is about her courage, her strength, and the depth of her resolve. It is about her son Calem. You cannot read through the posts and not be moved by this brave woman's struggle, and the determination of those she left behind to carry on and work toward finding a cure while keeping her memory very much alive.

I have worked in blood banking for nearly six years, and so I am very well aquainted with cancer patients. And really, who among us has not been touched by cancer? Everyone has at least one relative, friend, neighbor, or coworker who has been afflicted with some form of cancer. And chances are you know more than one person.

I urge you to get involved. Donate blood and platelets with your local blood center. Sign up to be an organ and tissue donor. Get on the bone marrow registry.

There is a place on the site to donate money to support the team that Laurianne's loved ones have put together for the Relay for Life of Santa Rosa on September 9th and 10th of this year.
I will be donating today. If you can afford to do the same, please do.

Look, I'm a clown for the most part. You know it, and and I know it. But this is something I don't clown around about. It is no laughing matter. I will be back to my usual foolishness tomorrow. But today, please do me a favor and take some time to check out Laurianne's Hope.
I would appreciate it, and I know it would mean a lot to those dedicated to keeping Laurianne's memory alive.

Thank you.


Blogger CP said...

Thank you, Fab, for giving over your blog for this very worthy cause.

You're a doll, the non blow up variety.


10:15 PM  
Blogger Sandi said...

Thanks for sharing this with us.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Mr. Fab, my mom just had cancer surgery last week, and my grandmother was kept alive for a year by the generous donations of anonymous blood donors. Thank you for raising awareness of this ever-present need.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Fantastagirl said...

I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for a blood donor. Neither would my uncle or my dad. I appreciate any one who donates blood.

Thank you for this post today - I hope we find a cure for cancer - it's a terrible, terrible disease.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Shelli said...

You know my personal history with cancer. I appreciate you doing this today. I am appreciative of Lynda in so many ways and this is a very worthy cause. Thank you, my brother. xo

11:20 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...


I mean, I knew you were Mr. Fabulous and all, but...


I read this an hour ago and I am still in shock. I don't know what to say. But I did say something to my parents. Maybe I can find the words tomorrow.

Did I mention wow?

1:07 AM  
Blogger Lady K said...

Wow. I'm a smoker and now I'm gonna quit. I have a friend dying of cancer of a different kind and he's starting to give up. Thanks for the inspiration for trying to help him NOT to.

1:12 AM  
Blogger Calem's Oma said...

Thank you for your wonderful blog about Laurianne's Hope. It was a year ago today that Laurianne was told she had lung cancer. We could not believe this diagnoses. She was so vibrant and full of life. She was a brand new Mom who was overjoyed with the birth of her son. Laurianne had worked as a nanny had taken care of several newborns. She was so thrilled that now she could take care of her own son.
Her diagnosis came as a shock to all of us. How could this be? Yet after the initial shock, Laurianne's sense of humor stayed with her. She told her friends that the doctors are wrong and it is just chocolate cake lodged in her lung. She loved her chocolate cake!
Shortly after Laurianne's diagnoses we heard about the Relay For Life. We signed up as a team and asked others to join our team and started fundraising. Laurianne had been asked cut the ribbon for the opening cerenmony for Relay for Life. Unfortunately she was hospitalized the night before and was unable to make the ribbon cutting ceremony.
She was doing remarkably well the next day and convinced the Doctor that it was okay for her to attend Relay. She was released and we went directly from the hospital to Relay for Life. There she was greeted by many. She walked proudly with her son in the baby stroller many laps around the track to help raise awareness to all cancers. CANCER NEVER SLEEPS and Relay for Life is a 24 hour event. Laurianne was there for the closing ceremony on Sunday.
With as much walking and talking as she did, it was unbelievable to everyone that Laurianne survived this event because the next day she was diagnosed with a huge brain tumor. She had her surgery two days later and pulled through as a trooper. Her doctor was again amazed that she was talking shortly after the surgery.
Complications from cancer took her suddenly away from us only a month later.
Laurianne's Hope was for Calem's generation not to have to worry about cancer.
You can help by making a donation to cancer research. Remember even pennies add up.
Better jet, join a Relay For Life team and walk, jog, or run overnight to celebrate survivorship and raise money for cancer research and support programs.

(Laurianne & Lynda's Mom and Michaels too).

1:42 AM  
Blogger Calem's Oma said...

One little comment I forgot after that long post. How appropriate the previous picture of the windmill and the Dutch Girls. Though we live in the U.S. we are Dutch...born and raised in Holland, the Netherlands, whatever you want to call it!!

The Netherlands is often referred to by the name Holland. This is, however, misleading, since the provinces of North and South Holland in the western Netherlands are only two of the country's twelve provinces.

1:52 AM  
Blogger Bluepaintred said...

wow, you are mr fab for a reason. my mother passed on from lung cancer in 1997, it was very fast, six months from diagnoses to death.

and yet, i cant seem to quit smoking myself!

2:20 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

You are such a sweetheart.
Linda and I lost our mom to breast cancer in 1988, I myself has already had one tumor removed from my right breast (benign).
It is nice to see the softer side of you.

6:28 AM  
Blogger Pud said...

Wow! You are so sweet, I think I am getting a cavity.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Awesome post, Mr. Fab....thanks for sharing!

8:23 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

That was a very sweet post. And with that, I'm not sure what else to say that hasn't been said...

9:03 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Good post Mr. Fab, I've lost too many loved ones to cancer...It's hard to understand the why of things. I know that a soul can't die, and for those who suffer, who die or whom are left behind, I'm comforted knowing they are surrounded by love. The Real Stuff!
Ok that's way longer than I wanted. But way to go mr. Fab...
Ps don't underestimate what you bring, laughter is one of the best medecine: straight up!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Devilish Girl said...

Cancer is a horrible disease and every little bit helps. Thanks for sharing with us!

9:53 AM  
Blogger speckledpup said...

I so heart you today.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

My husbands' aunt died from Cancer. And we have a couple friends who are breast cancer survivors.

Thanks for sharing (you whore!)

10:02 AM  
Blogger Suze said...

Mr Fab, thanks for this post. A close relative of mine has just been diagnosed with small lump lung cancer and given 12 months to live.

I will pop over and read.

11:50 AM  
Blogger gunngirl said...

Thank you for the link. Her site is beautiful, the story is sad but also touching.

11:57 AM  
Blogger cherish said...

You really are something special!!!

Thank you!!

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awwwe! even wearing your heart on your sleeve is sexy... i’ll check out the blog. thanks hon.

7:47 PM  
Blogger michele said...

Your're a precious soul,with
your sense of humour,i realized
that a long time ago.

7:49 PM  
Blogger SupComTabz said...

Thanks Mr. Fab

9:23 PM  
Blogger SupComTabz said...

Thanks Mr. Fab

9:25 PM  
Anonymous 3rdtimesacharm( 3T ) said...

Very heart touching post Mr. Fab. I'll be sure to check her out.


9:56 AM  
Blogger ablondeblogger said...

Oh my gosh, that is heartbreaking. She was so young. :( How wonderful of you to call attention to this important issue, and to this blog.

11:25 AM  

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