Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Andover Central's Hit for the Cure!

 It's that wonderful time of year again—softball with the Lady Jags of Andover Central! These lovely ladies and Coach Frakes (a.k.a Eggbert and Elf Rita) have been an incredible means of support for children battling brain cancer. Last year? This team made the local evening news for their do-gooding! Let's return the love by coming out to cheer on the Jags and save the babies!

WHO:  ACHS Lady Jags Fans

WHAT:  Andover Central H.S.  vs  McPherson H.S.  Softball Double-Header

WHEN:  Friday, April 29, 2011

TIME:  4:00 PM = Game 1
Game 2 will begin immediately after Game 1 & Warm-Up

The Lady Jags will be raising money to benefit
The Kyrie Foundation  =  pediatric brain cancer research!

The regular goodies PLUS grilled hamburgers will be for $ale.

Home Game! 
603 E. Central
Andover, KS  67002
(3rd Baseline - Home Stands)

They do NOT charge to get into their softball games.

"Mostly sunny / wind.  High of 81 degrees."

Come on out and help us cheer on
Coach Frakes & her Lady Jags!
support a great cause!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Day the Angels Came

The Day the Angels Came
a grandpa's prayer and poem for Kyrie Dawn

Wednesday, April 4, the day we heard of the explosive growth of the tumors

Alas! O, Lord what is it that I hear?
Is it Your angels coming for our Kyrie Dawn?
O, please Lord, keep them at bay--
If just for one more day.

Thursday, April 5, Holy Thursday

O, Lord, what is this I hear?
Is it that You need another little angel to be near?
O, please Lord, please Lord, don't take our Kyrie dear.
Could You please keep Your angels away,
and we could have her just one more day?

Friday, April 6, Good Friday

O, precious, sweet Jesus, is this the day?
No, no, dear Lord, not today--
This is Your day that You died to save.
Again, please Dear God, let us be selfish
and keep sweet Kyrie another day.

Saturday, April 7, Holy Saturday Easter Vigil

Thank you dear God in heaven
for yet another precious day--
For we all know things will be done your way.
Little Kyrie Dawn is fighting so very hard--
Yesterday she three her ball three times
till her tiny arm got tired.

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God's love entrusts her here,
Ever this day be at her side
To light, to guard, to rule to guide. Amen.

Sunday, April 8, Easter Sunday

Dear God in Heaven, Your angels came last night,
As we all knew that someday they might.
They came around the hour of seven
to take our precious one to her
special place in heaven.
Sweet Jesus, we know that you, too, love the little ones,
so to You we give You our little Kyrie Dawn--
And in the end, it is always Your will that will be done.



originally published April 7, 2007

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"... how much you are loved by others."

Sometimes I wonder about the timing of Kyrie leaving us.


Each year as this anniversary draws near—an anniversary of loss and muddy-colored grief—all around us are colorful signs of new life. Emerging buds from trees that look long gone. Bright green shoots from vacant ground. Sunny blooms that pop outta no where over night. And an annual trip from the Easter Bunny that is so abundant in cheer and goodness you can't help but want to help. Read on ...

Hoppy Spring!

The Easter Bunny had an OZ-some evening watching "The Wizard Of OZ" sing-a-long movie with some good friends at The Orpheum last nite. No matter how many times I see that movie, and trust me, I've seen it A LOT…there is always "something" that speaks to me. Last nite, towards the end of the movie, the following dialog between the Wizard of OZ and the Tin Man jumped out at me:

"As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart! You don't know how lucky you are not to have one.
Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.
Back where I come from, there are men who do nothing all day but good deeds.
They are called phil... er... phil... er... [trying to say "philanthropists"] yes... er... good-deed-doers.
And their hearts are no bigger than yours –
But! They have one thing you haven't got.
A testimonial.
Therefore, in consideration of your kindness,
I take pleasure at this time in presenting you with a small token of our esteem and affection.
And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love,
but by how much you are loved by others."

I am soooooo blessed to know sooooooo many "good-deed-doers!"

How I wish I could present each of you with a testimonial…a small token of my esteem and affection.
I realize there is always someone asking for donations, help, money, volunteers, & support. That is because there a lot of worthy causes that need people to back them. But I will once again call on MY good-deed-doers….to back the worthy cause that is special to ME.

The “Easter Bunny” & “Eggbert” are cheerfully accepting donations for their Annual Easter Trip to Wesley Hospital Pediatric Floor in memory of Kyrie Dawn Thome.

Good Friday, April 22, 2011 will be our 5th Easter Visit to deliver goodies to the children stuck in the hospital over the Easter Holiday. Not only do the young patients receive gifts, but their visiting siblings and young guests are not forgotten either. PLUS…each child’s parents will receive the following to help ease their burden:

McDonald’s or Spangles Gift Card & QuikTrip Gas Card

IF you are interested in making a donation, checks can be made out to: Susan Jae Eckel.

Please mail to the following address  BY 04/15/2011.

Susan Jae Eckel
3738 S. Dugan
Wichita, KS 67215

Donated funds will be used to purchase:

Toys – Stuffed Animals – Crayons – Color Books – Stickers – Blankets – Teen Items – Books – Games —Gift Cards for the Adults

Thank YOU…so very much for your consideration! Wishing you an EGG-stra Special Easter!!

"And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others."

Susan Jae Eckel & Rita Frakes

Monday, April 4, 2011

Just a side note.

We know many of you have asked about The Kyrie Foundation trying again for a Pepsi Refresh grant since last October we can in 4th nationally for the $250K grant. Pepsi has altered the rules for ideas that are submitted and no longer offer the health category in which the foundation's work falls.

"We've kept some categories. Lost others. The goal? Refreshing people everywhere. We're psyched to announce this year's line-up: Arts & Music, Education, Communities, and an exciting fourth category – the Pepsi Challenge."

The new categories are these:

Arts & Music
Bring culture into more lives and show the world why creative people rule.

Tell us how you’d refresh everything from after school programs to lunch menus.

Build some playgrounds! Save some parks! Make your town better for everyone in it.

There one other category called The New Pepsi Challenge, but the description is a bit vague: How would you rock the house to support a good cause?

My guess is that medical research takes awhile to show evidence of the grant money being used, meaning there probably aren't as many photo ops for this as there would be a school makeover or a new park. So I'm afraid that the foundation as a whole does not qualify to submit an idea, which is disappointing. But I'm wondering if we put our heads together if we couldn't come up with something that would help what TKF does. Maybe Frosty/Easter Bunny's trips? Maybe the new blanket program? Let's brainstorm!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Krop 2011 Recap

AAAAaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! What a great day we all had!!!!! It was so fun to see familiar faces return to Scrap Like You Mean It! A full 12 hours of scraptastic goodness! And someone had so much fun that they lost their pants. Literally. We found a pair of jeans when we were cleaning up Saturday night. So if you were driving home and felt like something was strange, we might know why.

We kicked off the morning with our great friend and volunteer Tamera at registration, some cool tunage and our very goodie bags, including the latest issue of CardMaker Magazine.

Our friend Bonnie with Juice Plus served up delicious and nutritious fresh sunrise smoothies.

Then, our friend Donna showed up to bring her handmade blankets that are being distributed to children this week. We ambushed Donna with an award for her altruistic generosity and genuine love that she has poured into making our "blanket ministry" come to life. Amy said a few words that made us all choke up as Amy is known to do. Donna also organized and sewed our foundation t-shirt quilt, a collection of all of our event tees, as well as embroidered aprons and decorated spoons to turn our cookbooks into gift sets. Amazing ideas from an amazing soul.

Theresa with The Angel Company, Amy with Scentsy, Diane with The Wish List, Michelle with Premiere Jewelry and Linda & Terry with Creative Jewelry were all on-hand with cool stuffage. I bought a few jewelry sets and some baby shower gifts. Thank you, ladies, for spending your Saturday with us!

Our friend Susan stopped by to let everyone know that her annual big Easter Bunny trip to Wesley Hospital is hoppening (tee-hee!) in couple of weeks. If you have room to pick up a few extra Easter basket goodies to send her way, she would LOVE YOU FOREVER!

Scrapping amidst a ton of freebies and prizes was the aim of the day. Thank you to McAllister's Deli for our delish lunch AND to the super salad makers who presented fantastic salads from The Kyrie Foundation cookbook! A round of applause to Kruse Corporation and to an anonymous donor for underwriting a portion of our food prep. Even bigger thanks to Melissa and Madison for their kitchen superpowers, turning food into feasts!

Great Nana Norma's cookies were, again, beyond fantastic. I can't really type the exact description that a friend mentioned regarding these cookies, but I heartily agree with the assessment. ;) Then we had the scrappers garage sale. Holy cow! It's so fun to see good deals going to a great cause.

D'Mario's pizza from Cheney, Kansas was flown in especially for our dinner guests. ;) I'm going to take a moment to tell you that I've had plenty of pizza in my life. And from Italy to NYC, D'Marios can take 'em all!!! Thanks you, thank you, thank you!!!!! More thanks goes to our dessert donors who handmade loads of delish just for us, just because they are incredible people.

The silent auction was full of lovely and abundant items. And by the end of the night ... all we had left to do was draw the winning name for our GRAND PRIZE from the marvelously generous folks at Pink Paislee!

You shoulda seen everyone investigating, oohing and awing over this big bundle of scrap fun. In a lovely turn of events, one of Pink Paislee's designers and a dear friend of the foundation, Shawna, not only helped design plenty of items in the basket, but she also designed this year's krop logo on the tees! And—get this—Pink Paislee has a new line with a design group called House of 3, of which Rhonna Farrer is a founder. The same Rhonna Farrer who designed our VERY FIRST Kyrie Foundation t-shirt, which happened to be our very first fundraiser, too. Is that divine, or what?

So, at the end of the night, the big winner was Theresa!!!!!!!!

A big thank you to her, too, for coming to help set-up the night before just because we needed some help. Love that.

As with any event, there are more details and more planning and more work and prep than you can imagine, like Kathy lending us a few more tables, Family Church once again letting us use their space, like Trish printing out labels for us, like Lane, Andi, Wendy, Susan, Angie, Theresa, Michelle, Theresa, Jayce, Audrey and friends for setting us/tearing down, like Danny running to get more pop or Amy running to get more plates, Cara printing the shirts, like Melissa and Chad doing dishes and everyone for just being with us and supporting the cause.

Each year I'm speechless when our Queen of the Krop, Christy Freeman, starts talking about ideas for next year. What? She isn't ready to strangle us? ;) She has willingly and gladly given so much time and energy over the last four years to make each krop happen. And she has just as much enthusiasm for the event now as she did in 2008. Another hug full of gratitude to you, Christy and to your patient husband. We love you!

Again, thank you all for making Saturday happen for good!