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Thanks to rockin' Juneau for the hugs and support
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I've lived and worked in Juneau's bars for over 20 years, and the one thing I know is that people like to complain. We grumble about the weather, local government, access, property taxes (okay, that one's legit) even about all the traffic (you know, having to wait for five cars at a stop sign). But do we leave? No. We stay for one reason, and that's our friends and community. It's almost like a good marriage - you know, in sickness or health. We very much take care of our own. We celebrate in good times, and we help in those times of need.
Well, where this is going is I found myself in need. I was diagnosed with lymphoma in March, and it just about stopped me in my tracks. When I could take a breath again, I let my wonderful friend Jewels (The Triangle Club) know of my problem. It didn't stop her though; what it did was get her to work. She enlisted her partner Darrel, and then she went from friend to friend, acquaintance to acquaintance, customer to customer, business to business, to just anyone and everyone, and let them know I was sick and could use some help.
You all came through. The response was overwhelming. May 7 was the date of the benefit Jewels put together, and the turnout was unbelievable. I couldn't get my heart to slow down when I got to the Moose Club (which is a great place for functions). The donation tables for the auctions were beautiful and full; the food was delicious (The Spinnin Pig), and there were so many of my friends there, I lost count.
But the most important part of the evening was the hugs, so very many hugs. They came with encouragement, well wishes, attitude and prayers. Each and everyone of you has made me that much stronger, and I know I will beat this thing and be around for a long, long time. I don't think you will have it any other way. The doctors say a lot of getting better is attitude. Well, if that's the case, I'm sure I'll be okay, because you all know I have an attitude.
What I'm trying to say to everyone is thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish I could list everyone who has been there for me, but it would take me weeks to type all the names. Please just know who you are and know that, as my friends and residents of Juneau, you are the best people anywhere, or as my daughter says, "You rock." Thank you again.