(I'm bumping this only because several have left comments the past few days asking how they can help)
We are so thankful for the incredible amount of tangible support that is streaming in right now from all over the world. I would not mention this except that so many people have been asking...if you would like to do something to practically help us, here are a few opportunities:
> Send Tricia and Gwyneth an ECard. These have already been coming in. You send an email message to Duke, and they print them off (one per page) and bring them to our room. You can make a huge statement about Tricia's miracle and get even more people involved with your messages. Use "7800" for their room number.
> Send a card or package. Ask for our address by sending me an Email.
> Consider becoming a member of "Team Patty Sue" by financially donating to Tricia's Trust Fund. All moneys donated go directly into helping finance everything involving Tricia's CF (including the pregnancy/premature care). This trust fund is a few years old, and we are literally debt free so far because of the donations of hundreds of friends, family and loving strangers.
> (This is the best option, IMO) Take a few minutes to visit my Great Strides Home Page and consider either donating or signing up and becoming a member of our team and helping me reach my personal goal of $10,000 by Sept. 13, 2008. Every dollar raised here will go directly to CF research.
Some things that we ask you NOT to do:
> DON'T send flowers/plants. Neither Tricia or Gwyneth can have any flowers in their rooms, and I only spend sleeping hours at our hotel, so nobody would be able to enjoy them.
> DON'T send stuffed animals/toys. Stuffed animals/toys are a great breeding ground for dust and germs. Tricia's CF and upcoming double lung transplant will not allow us to have many of these things in our lives.
> Don't send live animals or spiders. That's just silly.