July 9, 2009 – Smutty Shout-Outs
Sophie Clausius – it’s your birthday! Still trips me out that you’re a teenager now. It’s been ages since I’ve seen you. Please don’t be taller than me. And have a great time at camp next week. We’ll miss you, but we’ll take care of that with dad’s martinis. Big hug. Love, Elaine
And THANKS SO MUCH to all of you who donated to Dylan’s campaign in response to the post in yesterday’s Shout-Outs. Dylan has met his goal. And he’ll be participating in a Weekend to End Breast Cancer in honour of his mother.
I don’t know Dylan. The reason I included him in the shouts is because a former student of his mother’s wrote to me a few days ago to tell me about Dylan’s goal. This is part of that message that will provide more insight on how your contributions will help:
I am from a small town in Ontario called Georgetown. Within that town used to live a woman named Joanne Daquano. She was amazing. She was a teacher, and taught pre-teens (I know, right? You have to have a LOT of strength to do that).
I was lucky enough to be a student of hers almost 10 years ago. She was not only brilliant, but compassionate and a great motivating leader. She refused to accept anything but our best and insisted that we not limit ourselves, because there was a huge world out there and settling in our comfort zone was a waste of life.
I'm sad to say that she fought breast cancer for almost a decade before losing the fight on September 11, 2006. Before passing on, Joanne did the Weekend to End Breast Cancer twice. Once when she was very very sick from the cancer.
The reason I'm telling you this is because her oldest son (she had three children) is honestly an angel. His name is Dylan and is a beautiful boy, wise beyond his years, and so loving and compassionate - he is the portrait of his mother. He is now 16, and is old enough to participate in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. To participate, you have to raise at least $2000. He works part-time at a local restaurant making less than $10/hour and adds his paycheck to his funds raised thus far. I was hoping you could either post this link, or pass it along to anyone who might be interested in making Dylan's first year possible! I have attached a picture of Dylan and a link about Joanne (even though she is google-able). Thanks Lainey.