WOW! Thank you all for a fantastic turn out last night at the bone marrow drive. Casey has arrived safely in Colorado Springs, but I wish he could have been there last night to see how many people showed up. I am deeply touched. I tried to talk to most of the people who came through to find out how they know Casey. The Farfield Company (Gary's employer) was well represented. A lot of old friends, a LOT of swimmers and coaches, who don't even know Casey, but they feel a connection. The swimming community is the best!! And a lot of people who read the newspaper article or heard it on tv or radio and want to help. Thank you to all of the LAC parents and even ex swimmers (and of course my niece Ashley and Sister in Law Cheryl - who put the whole thing together, and brother in law Dale) who helped at the different stations. Thank you to Rettew's Catering for the dessert tray and the iced tea. With only 3 days notice everyone pulled together and made a successful event. The representative from "Be the Match" was stunned with the amount of people who showed up, and the amount of money raised for them. The tally at the end of the night was 256 people who submitted swabs, with many more people who ordered kits online because they were unable to be there. There were also a lot of people who were there, but due to medical restrictions were not able to donate. One of the things that touched me the most is people did not just show up out of obligation, they truly want to be the one who is The Match. Let's Hope!
Word will never suffice....Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!