Something good is going to come out of this


As you can see from the title something good is going to come out of this. My wife of 20 years was diagnosed with breast cancer on November 26th 2007 and now with 3 young daughters at an increased risk of this disease I felt the need to do something.  I have made some really good friends with the folks at the Chesapeake Boat House over the last couple of years. On Monday December 3rd 2007 we started on a project to increase Breast Care Awareness thru out the United States. We are going to take an older boat owned by the Chesapeake Boat House that the Junior Girls Rowing Team uses and completely redo it. (Junior Girls are 12 to 18 years of age). It will carry a pink color theme. It will have the international symbol of the Pink Ribbon on the bow area with the ends of the ribbon flowing down to the sides of the boat and end at the cockpit. It will then say OKLAHOMA CITY - STRONG - down the sides. Followed by the ribbon tails again that will wrap around the whole boat and cross on top of the deck. The ribbon wrapping around the whole boat will represent all the hugs someone diagnosed with this disease will need to get thru this ordeal. The crossed ribbon on the transom will represent all the praying hands needed for all diagnosed with breast cancer. Inside the cockpit will be Kayla, Danielle and Ashley's names, my daughters who are now in a high risk status for breast cancer and they have all volunteered to help me at OKC Boatworks in their free time on this project. When it is all finished we will have a christening at the Chesapeake Boat House and all are invited to attend. I would like to finish it before she goes in for surgery in February to lift her spirits.

The name this boat will carry on the bow is (Lori Ann ). Sponsorship opportunities are available for up keep and repairs and anything the boat might need thru the Chesapeake Boat House and are all tax deducible.

Row for the Cure Regatta

I will be meeting with the director of Chesapeake Boat House, Mike Knopp to put together a Row for the Cure Regatta to raise money to fight breast cancer that will be held in Oklahoma City and hosted by the Chesapeake Boat House on an annual basis. These regattas are hosted by rowing clubs as fundraising events benefiting local affiliates of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Currently there are only 11 of these events in the US and one in Europe. 75% of the money raised goes to the community for education and treatment of breast cancer. The remaining money raised supports national breast cancer research projects.

I hope you will all support me in my quest to increase awareness.

Michael Kelly

P.S. Please keep this under your hat. I would like it to be a surprise for Lori.




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