First, please excuse the cross-post. I am not inclined to post the same article to all of my blogs, but this is an important exception. I have a story to tell, and I want you to read it, please.
Once upon a time, Papa and I met a nice man at a bluegrass festival. The festival was a Wendy Smith’s Whispering Winds, for you Michigan folks who remember the fun at Wendy’s festivals.
Jimmy is our friends name. You know him too, he is often at the sound board at bluegrass festivals and show around Michigan. We began to look forward to seeing to seeing Jim, and over the course of time, we found that one of Jimmy’s sons has Cystic Fibrosis (CF). We know other people whose children have this or some other genetic disease, and we are amazed at how well families and parents cope when faced with such severe illness.
We were excited a couple of years ago when Jimmy decided to host a benefit show, with the money raised donated for research to find a cure for CF. We have assisted as much as we can.
The turnout at the first show, in October, 2007 was disappointing to Jim, although it raised $1,000+. But he persevered and presented a second show in April, 2008. The results were much better, raising over $4,000, a 75% increase!
You know what is next. Pickin’ on CF will be held on April 4, 2009 at the Dogwood Center, Fremont, Michigan. The Dogwood is a beautiful indoor facility, there is truly not a bad seat in the house. Concessions are available. Good bands and musicians, mostly from Michigan will again donate their performances.
Please say hi to Papa and I, we’ll be at the Dogwood Center Saturday!