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Saturday, February 26th, 2005

On Mother’s Day, May 8th, Felicia, my mother, & I are participating in the Y-ME RACE Against Breast Cancer. I participated in the race once before, in 2003, and this is the first time for both Felicia and our mother. We are going to be part of a team organized by my friend Julie Pesce consisting of a group of our girlfriends and our moms. (Here is a picture of Julie, Mary Burke, and me at the race in 2003). The race takes place on Chicago’s glorious lakefront and each year there is an overwhelming turnout. We will be walking only three miles on Mother’s Day but the commitment and the donations to the cause are so much more significant. Below is a copy of an email I sent to most everyone I know, asking for donations of any amount. I am putting it here, too, just in case I missed someone, or just in case a new visitor stumbles upon this and feels inclined to contribute. There are links at the end of the letter that will direct you to the donation page.

Dear Friends,

On Mother’s Day, I will once again join more than 25,000 walkers, runners and volunteers in Chicago’s Grant Park to make a difference in the lives of those who are touched by breast cancer. I will be walking in the 2005 Y-ME RACE Against Breast Cancer, benefiting Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization. I have set a personal goal to raise $100 to help Y-ME ensure that no one faces breast cancer alone. My race team, Moms & Daughters Cure Couture, has set an overall goal of raising $1,500!

This year, more than 217,000 women and 1,400 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Through the support of financial contributions from donors like you and me, Y-ME makes a difference in the lives of those who are touched by breast cancer all year long. Y-ME provides free information and support through the 24-hour Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization Hotline, which is staffed entirely by trained peer counselors who are breast cancer survivors, as well as through its comprehensive Web site, www.y-me.org. Walk donations fuel the vital programs and services that allow breast cancer patients, caregivers and supporters to access 24-hour peer support.

I am committed, like Y-ME, to ensuring that no one faces breast cancer alone. In fact, I have created a personal Y-ME RACE Center where you can make a donation in support of my Walk Y-ME RACE participation. Sponsor me online by clicking the “Support Me Now” link below and help me reach my goal. Of course, I always welcome company and my team and I would love for you to join us as well. Feel free to sign up at http://race.y-me.org!

Your help truly makes a difference in the lives of those touched by breast cancer, and I am very grateful for your support.

Sincerely,
Francesca

Support Me Now

Support Felicia Now

If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web addresses:
http://race.y-me.org/site/TR?px=1219275&fl=en_US&s_tafId=1122&pg=personal&fr_id=1030
http://race.y-me.org/site/TR?pg=personal&fr_id=1030&px=1218555

Click here to view the team page for Moms & Daughters Cure Couture

If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:
http://race.y-me.org/site/TR?team_id=8991&fl=en_US&s_tafId=1122&pg=team&fr_id=1030

Whoa! Say, can you see…

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

there were a lot of empty seats at the game? But there were 3,151 people, which is my largest audience to date!

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“I Didn’t Make It On American Idol”

Monday, February 21st, 2005
I thought about wearing a shirt with the title of this entry emblazoned across the front when I sang the National Anthem at the UIC Flames men's basketball game this past Saturday. Although I'm sure it would have been ... [Continue reading this entry]

Truckin’ It

Friday, February 18th, 2005
I recently transferred files from my old computer onto my new one. Some of these files began on the computer Papa (my grandfather) bought for my sister and me back in 1996 at the cost of $2,000. At ... [Continue reading this entry]

Highs and lows of being a sports freak

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005
Today I was treated to a free ride on the ultimate sports fan's emotional roller coaster. I woke up this morning with a huge grin on my face knowing that it was the first day of Spring Training. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Is Grammar Dead?

Sunday, February 13th, 2005
Excellent article in today's Chicago Tribune Magazine. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article, as I am a self-proclaimed grammar snob. What scares me, though, is the thought of my turning into the type of teacher described in ... [Continue reading this entry]

Get your motor runnin’

Saturday, February 12th, 2005
The 2005 Chicago Auto Show is now underway at McCormick Place. The Chi-town show is North America's largest (I heard on TV the other day that it's also the largest in the world?? I don't know how ... [Continue reading this entry]

Oh say can you see

Thursday, February 10th, 2005
I am proud to announce to everyone that my very talented sister, Felicia, will be singing the National Anthem before the Univeristy of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Flames basketball game against Georgia Southern on Saturday, February 19th. Game time is 3:00pm ... [Continue reading this entry]

Old School Photos

Sunday, February 6th, 2005
One of my most favorite things to do is look at old photographs of family & friends. Today, Bob & I spent the day with Francesca playing dominoes, eating, looking at old pictures, and watching the Super Bowl. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Happy Birthday Francesca!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2005
Happy 31st Birthday to my big sis Francesca! Little Tuna, it's your Birthday Little Tuna, have it your way! Do what you want & have some fun, Because today you're 31!