Sunday, May 3, 2009


Jean got her BAA (Bachelors in Business Administration with a double major in Accounting and Finance) today from the University of Portland. What a sense of price, joy and love to see her walk down the isle to graduate. Kay was able to attend. Although the primary goal has been to fight this cancer, the secondary goal has been to celebrate Jean's graduation by putting on a nice graduation party, and attending the graduation ceremony. Well today Kay went to the graduation ceremony.

I have heard the story more than once of Kay and her 14 year old friends using a wheel chair to be able to go to the front of lines at Disneyland. Well today we got a wheelchair from the hotel, Jean called UP to arrange for us to get priority parking, Kay sat on the main floor and I sat right behind her in the first row of seating, and this allowed Kay to have enough energy to sit through the ceremony.

After the ceremony we came back to the hotel to rest, then off to a sports bar 2 blocks from the hotel where we watched the Mariners come back from a 4-3 deficit in the bottom of the 9th inning, another 7-4 deficit in about the 13th inning, and finally win in the 15th inning. Oh, we also had a nice dinner, great conversation, and more good family fun with Horace, Bill, Fay, Keith, Jean, Kay, Marc and me.

Last I took Dad and Bill back to the airport, and now we are dissecting the entire weekend in the time tested Colmar style.

This accomplishment has been possible through contributions from countless friends. I won't try to list them all, but we have had tremendous friends helping every step of the way.

Once I find a cable to download photos to the PC, I'll post a pictorial of the whole weekend.

Pray for good rest, and a week of getting back to a routine without setbacks or complications.



Betty said...

How wonderful that this all came together. You are making me "home sick" with all the talk about being in Portland. I spent a lot of time there over the last few years. It in an incredible experience watching your kids graduate from college - a bit of disbelief that you are sitting there as a parent and not a graduate and a phenomenal sense of pride in what your child has accomplished. And for you guys to have the added accomplishment of getting through the last month and getting everyone there! With that level of determination I know this cancer has met a formidable opponent! Much love to you all, congrats Jean, Don, Betty, and the rest of the gang.

Sail Grace E said...

Kay, I am not surprised that you made it to the ceremony, and made your way to the front row!! You do know how to get things done!! I am so proud of Jean. You and Ed did such a wonderful job raising such a beautiful, graceful woman. We missed you at the race yesterday, but I felt your presence so strong right next to me as I ran. Everyone on the streets yelled out "We're praying for Kay!!" as we ran by. It was powerful. I have never heard so many folks willing to pray for someone they didn't even know. Your story has touched many. Feel all those prayers lifting you up. This cancer has no chance.
Rest well, my friend. I hope to see you soon. Love, Coach White

Colleen said...

Hi Kay,

I crossed the finish line yesterday remembering how surprised I was last year to find you breathing hot and heavy on my neck! What a great finish that was!

Cheryl's right, so many people recognized us from that News Tribune article and called out encouragement and prayers. I ran the last mile with some older women. One of them turned to me and said, "That was such a good article about Kay. I have a connection with Ed. When he was in the military he delivered my son!" I didn't ask, but I'm guessing it was a looong time ago. You guys are so famous--and loved!

Hey, the News Tribune ran a photo of me today--you can click on the thumbnail on this page and look at my shirt:
I think my smile is almost as big as yours in the photo they ran the day before.

I'm so glad you made it to graduation. What an awesome and beautiful young woman! Congratulations to all of you!