this was this weeks “tuesday with rachel”. she wasn’t supposed to still be in the hospital. she was SUPPOSED to receive chemo fri-sun and go home
by monday. well as most of us know by now, her body does it’s own thing. in fact, the doc’s told her each different procedure, the worst has actually
happened to her…so they know she can handle it all! crazy though, really. so friday she started her second round of chemo. well, whaddya know,
she spikes a fever and her body is covered in a rash. then to make matters worse, they found TWO blood clots in her lungs!! AGH! just like the last
two times she was in, she had to stay 3 extra days. today is her out patient chemo day. as always, please pray for her. this time WILL GO SMOOTHLY!!
her friend carrie’s mom stitched this quilt. it’s made up of individually drawn squares from her junior class + a few others. HOW COOL!!!!!
yesterday is when it became a reality to me how much support she has behind her. though i knew i placed an order 650 (holy cow!!) ‘team rachel’
tshirts, it didn’t sink in til i saw it with my own eyes. this is mother of mercy high school, where she attends. anyone who bought a shirt was
allowed to wear it yesterday. i asked the school if i could go capture it for rachel. talk about overwhelming!! as i watched the girls flood out of the
building, i didn’t think the purple would ever stop! goosebumps. this is just SO cool, rach. SO COOL!
this is her grade school. st jude. i headed there after mercy. i didn’t sell youth sizes, so not as many kids here bought them, but their parents did!
last night was the night we have all been so excited for. my parent admin for my soccer team and i started a team for the light the night leukemia
and lymphoma society. we hoped to have our soccer girls and their friends walk. well….that quickly blew up to inviting anyone and everyone
that knows rach. we were one of, if not, the biggest group there. we raised the 3rd highest ammount in donations! $7500! wow!!! the ribbon
color is purple, hence our shirt color. i had to get creative with nori’s outfit.
y’all know by now…this is her slogan.
because i had two catholic schools backing me in the tshirts, i couldn’t exactly put a curse word on them! so i got out some white acrylic and
added some words to hers to make it special for her. don’t be mad at me. :-O haha.
a ton of her family came. not just the immediate, we had grandmas, aunts, cousins…!
some of my ‘freedom’ soccer team girls came. they of course love rachel. it’s also impossible for us to take more than one serious pic. love these girls.
this is amy. she’s been my partner in crime the past two weeks of CHAOS. there were a few times we said, “LORD I HOPE RACHEL KNOWS
HOW MUCH WE LOVE HER!!! AGHHH!!” just in the last 4 days, i’m pretty sure she was in and out of my house 10 times. about 4 hours of phone
calls and no less than 200 texts back and forth. who knew how much was involved in selling tshirts!? but dang. it was SO worth it. SO incredible.
seeing this group represent our girl…totally worth it. 250 registered walkers. there must have been 300 though. i know i brought 10 alone who weren’t
registered. all the tent workers treated us like we were important. “ohhh, you’re with team rachel? here, have two shirts. here, have another hotdog!…”
again, i think i fell asleep smiling last night. it’s moments like these that really help restore your faith in humanity. the glanklers must have really
felt THAT love last night. i’m so thankful they all came out. THANK YOU TEAM RACHEL!
before the walk, there was some jazzercise to warm us up. ha!
nori and adam had a good time too.
the balloons had a light inside. they were pretty cool.
some girls made signs for rachel’s wheelchair. are we surprised she refused to ride in it? NO! lol. so they wore them instead.
i was so happy to be a part of the awesomeness last night. i mean for real people…i was hoping to get a group of 25 people. i would have never thought
it would blow up to this! because the shirts were such a hit, i have decided to place a second order. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORDER A TEAM
RACHEL SHIRT, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO TEAMRACHELGLANKLER@GMAIL.COM. I NEED YOUR NAME AND SIZE(S). ORDERS DUE
BY FRIDAY OCTOBER 1ST. make checks payable to ‘team rachel.’ a percentage of every tshirt goes directly towards their medical bills.
we will have another pickup night at one of the schools. or if you are just feeling generous, you can always send a donation check to my house.
email firstname.lastname@example.org for my house address. much love to all supporters! thank you thank you thank you!! heart, melanie