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May 13, 2004

Comments from the wife, version 3.5

Great news about Kris!

In my last entry, I mentioned Kris would be going into City of Hope one last time to spend a week getting medication that would boost her immune system. That was done last week. I wasn't able to visit her because she was feeling very pukey and tired. It was more important for her to get her rest anyway. She came home on Saturday. I called to check in on her Monday but her son said she was sleeping and that he was staying with her all day to take care of her. So I called her on Tuesday and she sounded great. We talked about our kids, Mother's Day (she slept through most of her Mother's Day) and how she was feeling. She was doing much better after sleeping for most of the past few days. She said she spoke with her friend Debbie about how well she was doing. Debbie is the wife of her friend that died from the same type of leukemia she has. Debbie commented on how much further Kris has come through treatment than Debbie's husband did (he died from pneumonia after the radiation treatments.) It's so sad to think that she had a friend who was diagnosed a year before she was but didn't make it. But at the same time, I'm so relieved that she toughed it out through all this and stayed healthy. I know a big part of her motivation is being at the finish line with our marathon. Yesterday, Kris went to her doctor to have a pump put in that will give her the same immune boosting medication for another ten days. This is like a jump start kick to make sure all of the leukemia stays away. She said she doesn't feel as sick as when she was in the hospital last week. She feels like she has a mild case of the flu. But, she says, she'll survive. I know she will too.

Today marks her 80th day of treatment. Her 100th day will come just days before the marathon. I can't even tell you how happy I am that she's doing so well. And she always says that a big part of it has to be all the good "mojo" that's coming her way.

So now Wil and I are down to the last couple of days of fundraising for the marathon. We need to turn everything in next week. So if you've been wanting to help by donating anything (believe me, it doesn't matter how much you can donate, every bit counts) then today is the day to do it. The PayPal donation page will be coming down on Saturday to allow for time to transfer the funds. You can donate through the webpage we have through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's site. Just think, you can be part of something that will make a difference in the world. Trust me. It's a great feeling.

I will post more information about Kris, as well as our total funds raised (I have a huge stack of checks I haven't added up yet) next week. Keep your fingers crossed that we reach our goal!

Posted by anne at May 13, 2004 09:43 AM
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Yea! Kris!
It feels so good to help a great cause! I am so proud that Wil and Anne will be making such a huge contribution-all from people reading this site-I love being a part of wwdn where a little mojo goes a long way.

Posted by: Wendy Maybury at May 13, 2004 10:04 AM

Wow, that's terrific. A close friend of mine just finished cancer treatment at City of Hope, and he's now healthy and cancer-free! There is ALWAYS hope!!!!

Posted by: Kroeme at May 13, 2004 10:05 AM

So wonderful to hear Kris is doing so great. I was looking around to see if they had some type of Walk in my area but not that I could find. But I can still help out in other ways. Best of luck and hugs to Kris and Happy Trails to you and Wil and the many thounds that you will join in June.

Posted by: Jessica at May 13, 2004 10:05 AM

Yay for Kris!

I am rooting for you... I lost my grandmother to cancer, and a friend to Leukemia.. (my friend was only 21). I've made a donation, I hope it helps!

Posted by: Julie at May 13, 2004 10:25 AM


A couple of my friends wanted to donate but did not want to do so online. I had them make their checks out to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, put your team number on it, and forwarded it to the address given by someone at the Society (a P.O. box). Are you receiving those checks as well, or are those added to your total by the Society? I just want to make sure that you get credit for the donations coming your way as a result of your efforts.

By the way, thank you so much for doing this. It means more than you know.


Posted by: Heather at May 13, 2004 10:45 AM

I'm so glad she's doing well! Thanks for keeping us updated, Anne - it's always good to hear about someone kicking the sh*t out of this stupid disease!

Way to go, Kris!

Posted by: Angie at May 13, 2004 10:52 AM

Just donated what I could to this cause. My father is currently battling cancer so this really hit home to me. I am so glad Kris is doing well. My father starts radiation treatment next week and the thought scares me but this story has really given me hope that he too can overcome.
Thanks and have fun at the walk!!!

Posted by: Megan at May 13, 2004 10:54 AM

Just donated what I could to this cause. My father is currently battling cancer so this really hit home to me. I am so glad Kris is doing well. My father starts radiation treatment next week and the thought scares me but this story has really given me hope that he too can overcome.
Thanks and have fun at the walk!!!

Posted by: Megan at May 13, 2004 10:57 AM

yey for kris! i'm soo happy for her! good luck in the marathon, you guys are the greatest! i'll keep sending mojo to kris, even though she's got over the worst of things by the sounds of it! a little extra never hurt any one!!

take care

Posted by: rach at May 13, 2004 11:06 AM

anne: glad to here that your friends recovery is continuing...we just has a miracle in my family too...my brother's girlfriend laura, who has suffered from cystic fibrosis, just recieved a double lung transplant and is recovering very nicely from that...i believe in miracles...i'm glad your friends came through.

Posted by: d. burr at May 13, 2004 11:14 AM

Even though I already donated my limit to another friend in Team in Training (she's walking a marathon in Alaska in June), I wanted to express my support, thanks and congratulations! Keep up the good work. I love it when people use their "celebrity" for great reasons.

Posted by: omouse at May 13, 2004 11:16 AM

Yeah that Kris is doing so well!
*Mojo and donation enroute to the West Coast.*

Posted by: Eva at May 13, 2004 11:18 AM

Yay Kris!

I can't wait to see how far over $25k yall went!


Posted by: reallylikesj at May 13, 2004 12:07 PM

Amazing. Someone's been watching out for her.

I donated to the walk through Paypal recently. I'm glad to see that you're close to your goal. Hopefully I'll be able to meet MY goal for the 60km Weekend to End Breast Cancer (like the Avon 3-day). I'm $1500 short of my $2000 goal.

Good luck with the fundraising and the marathon!

Posted by: Delphine at May 13, 2004 12:28 PM

I would like to donate something, too but I don't know if I can because I live in germany. I would rather give you the 15 euro that I have to pay for parking on the sidewalk yesterday...so is it possible?

Posted by: Kathrin at May 13, 2004 12:48 PM

*happy dance for Kris*

Woo-hoo! Thanks for sharing the great news! Sending more warm fuzzy mojo Kris' way! :^)

Posted by: clara at May 13, 2004 01:56 PM


I have received a ton of checks through the p.o. box. Kris has been sending flyers to her friends and family and having the donations sent there. I'm sure the ones you and your friends have sent are in the pile. Thank you so much!

Posted by: Anne at May 13, 2004 05:14 PM

You guys are very close to reaching your goal. Congrats.

Posted by: Ken193 at May 13, 2004 05:40 PM

Yay for Kris!! Happy late Mother's Day to Kris and to you Anne. I hope that you guys make your goal! And even if you dont thats still alot of money that you raised toward a great cause!

*Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo Mojo*

You guys take care and here is hoping that Kris gets increasingly better!!


Posted by: Lotus at May 13, 2004 06:37 PM

Many little monkeys is thinking zee good mojo thoughts fer youse....

Posted by: pilch at May 13, 2004 07:28 PM

WEEEDILLYHEEHAW!!! That's some of the best news I've heard in ages! Michigan Monkey Mojo is always headed out your way, Kris!

Posted by: Missy at May 13, 2004 08:36 PM

Donated what I've got... I want to see that goal met!

I'm sending the good energy your way, Kris.

Posted by: Hilary at May 13, 2004 08:56 PM

So... is this Wife 3.5? I know you're husband 2.0. I'd hate to see the half-wife.

Posted by: Brian at May 13, 2004 09:13 PM

I can't give money, as I'm amazingly poor. Gangs of churchmice follow me, mocking my poverty.

However, it turns out that I can safely donate platelets. Apparently, I am free of the Cytomegalo virus, which makes my blood and platelets safe for transfusing into people with compromised or no immune system.

So starting in June, I'll be off to Mass General hospital at least once a month for platelet donations.

While it won't help Kris directly, it will help other sick people here in the Boston area.

Posted by: Chris Tucker at May 13, 2004 10:31 PM

What is wrong with this picture?

I am in CalArts, working in the Cal Arts library, tp pay ofr my tution so that I can come to cal arts to work?

In other words, i am paying to coming to college to work in a terribly uninteresting job where one gets verbally abused constantly, in order to pay the tuition to go to the same bloody school.

(launches an airstrike at the people responsible for that...)

Yay for Kris. Time heals all wounds. (imagine Christopher Plummer or Malcolm Mcdowell saying that.) Also concerning the allegations that British soldiers are embroiled in the prisoner torture scandal...i have to say that I am ashamed to be British. For once in my life I am utterly ashamed. But that's just my rant.

Simon St. Johns

Posted by: simon at May 13, 2004 11:18 PM

Best of luck in the marathon. I'm on disability, so I really wish i was in a position to donate more....

Sean C.
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Posted by: Sean at May 14, 2004 06:06 AM

Hey, Wil & Anne. This is great to hear. Also, it must be gratifying that you're so close to your donation goal! Only a few thou left to go, baby!

Posted by: Pers-nikki-ty at May 14, 2004 10:30 AM

That is all wonderful news. Kris has inspired so many people in so many ways. I hope you exceed your goals by leaps and bounds. :)

Posted by: NephraTari at May 14, 2004 11:20 AM

You can also support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through your local ABA BMX track. Every year, every ABA BMX track in the nation holds a 'Race For Life' to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and over 23 years, they have raised over 3 million dollars.


Sorry for semi-hijacking the thread. :)


Posted by: David Griswold at May 14, 2004 12:23 PM

Talking about semi-hijacking... I was just over at Amazon.com and was able to Pre-Order Just A Geek. Yeah, Wil!!!!

Posted by: darla8855 at May 14, 2004 12:34 PM

Yes! $24,000 and counting! Great job Anne and Wil!

There's still plenty of love and support coming out of the factory here in Central PA today, despite the stormy weather. Mojo for Kirs as she recovers, as well as some extra for The Bear, too. We're not out of the woods yet...

Posted by: Eric at May 14, 2004 12:36 PM

Just over $500 to go now. Cmon people I couldn't do the whole last grand myself. Donate, donate, donate.

Posted by: LittleKenny at May 14, 2004 01:21 PM

Oh my God, I am so excited! I see that you only need 560 more dollars to reach your goal! So happy and proud and yay!
/excited dork

Posted by: Jenny M. Finster at May 14, 2004 01:42 PM

Sent in my dollar today, don't laugh, I know it's not much but I skipped my lunch of highly nutritious ramen noodles so I could send it in. Well, maybe it's all for the best. I shouldn't be eating that stuff anyway.

Here's lots of *mojo* for continued good health for Kris!

Posted by: Ingrid at May 14, 2004 07:27 PM

ATTENTION EVERYBODY WHO HAS IO! The best movie in the world is on t.v. right now- Stand by me! Channel 376 Max5

Posted by: Maureen at May 15, 2004 06:12 PM

Many wishes of success and luck and peace on your upcoming marathon! I'm preparing to do the Avon Walk in LA this September for breast cancer in memory of my aunt.

Posted by: Birdie at May 16, 2004 10:23 AM


I love your blog. It is very touching. Good luck Kris!


Posted by: tawsha at May 16, 2004 05:03 PM

I donated the little bit I could, since every penny counts...I also put a link up in my own blog so that hopefully others that may not have known can find out and donate :)

Glad to hear Kris is doing so well.

I hope you guys bust past your 25,000 goal.

Posted by: Katryn at May 17, 2004 12:39 PM

My father in law passed away last year from Leukemia and we will be participating in the local Light the Night Walk this fall. You and Wil doing the marathon though, makes me think we should be doing more. Thanks for the inspiration and I can't wait to see how you do!

Keep battling Kris!

Posted by: Shannon at May 17, 2004 06:38 PM

YES...busted past 25,000...at $27,000+ and counting...

way to go :)
I hope the walk goes well and that Kris keeps doing well also.

Posted by: Katryn at May 18, 2004 10:21 AM

Great blog well made very interesting for many people! cordial greetings Bernhard

Posted by: Bernhard at June 27, 2004 07:40 AM
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