The Powerball is now at 700 million. I’m not a lottery type gal, but even I am beginning to get interested. Your odds in tonight’s drawing are 1 in 292 million. It’s the second highest pot in US history. And it’s fun to be a part of something, right? I’m buying a ticket. If you can’t reach me by phone later this week, I won.
What about the eclipse we all experienced this week? How long would it take on average to see another total eclipse if you stood right where you are standing right now and waited? You’d have to stand there for 375 years…and you might want to pray for no clouds!
Linda Hurtado, a tv news anchor at Fox 13 News in Tampa, contacted Moffitt Cancer Center because Linda has a strong interest in spreading hope to people with cancer. She’s a storyteller, and she’s a cancer survivor herself and really a champion for others who have faced what she has faced. Like Patty she had a young child at home when she was first diagnosed. Like Patty she got tough and faced her situation with strength. The folks at Moffitt Cancer Center passed along Patty’s name to her and soon a news story was in the works…
The sixty sixtahs HIGHLY anticipated the story’s airing date. We were “together” but not in the same place…four of us in our respective living rooms, one on the road as she took her daughter back to college and one at a work-related meeting. We texted like crazy. And Patty’s dog, Mick, as usual, was playing it cool…
PV: “Here we go! Places Everyone!”
PT: “Better go pee!”
PV: “Waiting for Judge Judy to finish!”
JR: “My tummy hurts!”
JT: “Need Milkduds?”
5:00pm. The news began. Patty joked about texting Linda “right now” to see if she’d answer! Unexpectedly, Fox News aired stories that were NOT about us first. WTH?
LEAD STORY: Sad news about Barcelona. What are the chances that you go to Barcelona on your honeymoon and are in precisely the wrong location on Las Ramblas when someone decides to injure random people?
Stories followed about confederate statues, and turtles, and waterspouts…and then a story about a state trooper who was killed thirty years ago at a simple traffic stop. What are the odds?
And then more texting…
TD: (apparently had just sprung free from her meeting) “Hello my Sixtahs!”
JT: “Guess what? I’m live streaming in the car!”
JR: “Apparel Committee is IN THE HOUSE!”
And then, Linda Hurtado was on the screen!!!!!! Our story was ON, and six girls were SO EXCITED!
Patty continues to share her message. She continually asserts that it’s “her purpose.” We believe her. She wants to give hope to others. She wants to inspire those in her same situation. She wants to inspire them to fight the odds.
She texted us about how much we mean to her, and she made us all cry. Not just Jean.
Patty is in the 7%. Only twenty percent of people diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer have a surgical treatment option. In fact, when Patty was first diagnosed she did not have a surgical treatment option. It was only after successful radiation and chemotherapy that her tumor shrank “the width of a dime,” as she says, to allow a surgical option. Statistics show that only 7% of patients diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer are alive five years later.
On the day we leave Bradenton for our Mississippi River Trip Patty will be FIVE YEARS AND ONE DAY from her diagnosis! Odds are we’ll be having fun the entire way!
Linda Hurtado’s story about Patty: