At sunrise on August 26,2009 I will be standing atop 14,505 foot Mt. Whitney above Lone Pine California. I will do this in honor of my mother, Jane Posada, who passed away from cardiac arrest on August 26,2008.
Mt. Whitney is the tallest mountain in the United States -outside of Alaska. It is also the culmination the 211 mile John Muir Trail. I will complete the trail, which for me will be the "Jane" Muir Trail, and I'm sure she will be with me every beautiful step of those 211 miles. (Plus the 11 more miles down to the Whitney Portal.)
I'd like to do something to honor my mother and at the same time raise money for The American Heart Association. My mother would like that. So, if you'd like to contribute a lump sum or calculate your gift on a per-mile basis, it would be greatly appreciated. Your kindness will help me through the rough patches along the trail.
I actually had planned to do the trail last summer, but my mom suffered a massive stroke right before Memorial Day which robbed her of the use of the left side of her body -and she was left-handed. She battled as hard as she could against the effects of the stroke. Her battle was made all the more difficult by diabetes which had ravaged her body for over thirty years. While trying to re-learn how to walk, she also had to begin dialysis due to failing kidneys. The struggle was monumental. We were so very proud of her. If you could have seen her face when she was finally able to take a few assisted steps or raise her left arm a few inches, you'd have tears in your eyes like I do as I type this.
Well, after three months of rehab, My two brothers and I were able to move Mom and Dad out to California where she continued her battle.
She was only able to make it twelve days. My mother had survived back surgeries, eye surgeries, diabetes, and quadruple bypass surgery. She was a fighter, but she just couldn't win that last fight. She passed away in my father's arms around 3:30 am that August morning.
It was as though she had borrowed just enough time from God to reunite her family and make sure Dad was out here with us. Then it was time. She had always said, "When it's your time to go, it's your time to go." As devastated as we were, we truly were grateful that she wouldn't have to suffer anymore.
If you had known my mom you would have really liked her. Jane was a force of nature. She was smart, funny, and incredibly strong. She and my father raised three boys and put them through college while going back to school herself. She got her nursing degree and then spent eighteen years in the psyche ward of a maximum security prison in Texas. Just like with her boys, she set those fellas straight! Respect was demanded and given in return. In fact, those "worst of the worst" actually grew to love her. To many of them, she was the mother they never had. They even went so far as to hand-make a get-well card and convince Mom's supervisor to take it to the hospital when they found out she'd had a stroke.
Mom never wanted anything for herself, but she would go out of her way to help others. She was an awesome lady who could talk to strangers as though they had been life-long friends -which always amazed us. If you were hungry, she would feed you -no matter who you were. Like I said earlier, you'd have really liked her and you possibly would have loved her. But then you'd really miss her like we do.
If you'd like to read about my preparation for the trail and a little more about my mom, you can go to http://www.trailjournals.com and click on "journals" and find "paul p." under the "John Muir Trail" section. I will also be writing about the trip when I return. Thanks for your consideration and anything you may be able to contribute.
If you would like, you can add your name and a short message to our Guest Book. Thank you.
As soon as I saw the pix on their web page, I knew that I didn't want any other team capturing the unique moments of our harga paket foto dan video wedding Serpong ( %url ).
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
Have a look at my blog :: harga foto wedding jakarta ( %url )
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
If you would like all 3 rings to match perfectly, this is the most simple method to take.
Look into my web page: model cincin kawin emas kuning terbaru ( %url )
Mon, May 08, 2017
I enjoy this site - its so usefull and helpfull.
Feel free to visit my web-site: ___ ___ ( %url )
Sun, May 07, 2017
Great looking site. Presume you did a lot of your very own html coding.
Feel free to visit my website; ___ ___ ( %url )
Fri, May 05, 2017
Your posts is rather unique.
Feel free to surf to my web blog :: ___ ___ ( %url )
Mon, May 01, 2017
Terrific internet site you have there.
My website: ___ ___ ( %url )
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
I do accept as true with all the ideas you've introduced for your post. They're very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very quick for beginners. May just you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.
Look into my site: business cards ( %url )
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Regards for sharing your well put together Tinder Dating Site ( %url ).
Wed, Mar 29, 2017
thank a lot for your web site it helps a whole lot.
Here is my blog post ___ ___ ( %url )
Mon, Feb 27, 2017
Awsome info and straight to the point. I don't know if this is in fact the best place to ask but do you folks have any ideea where to get some professional writers? Thx :)
Here is my weblog: apps across facebook ( %url )
Sun, Feb 26, 2017
Greetings from Los angeles! I'm bored at work so I decided to check out your site on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the info you provide here and can't wait to take a look when I get home. I'm shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I'm not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, great site!
my web blog killer apps ( %url )
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Many thanks, this website is really handy.
Here is my homepage: minecraft ( %url )
Tue, Jan 17, 2017
Wow, beautiful portal. Thnx ...
Stop by my site ... kroger feedback ( %url )
Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Keep up the outstanding work !! Lovin' it!
Have a look at my web site: minecraft ( %url )
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
Thanks for providing such terrific written content.
Look into my webpage :: kroger feedback ( %url )
Mon, Jan 09, 2017
You're an extremely practical site; couldn't make it without ya!
Here is my site; gamefly ( %url )
Sun, Jan 08, 2017
Regards for sharing this well put together websites.
Take a look at my page ... free dating sites no fees ( %url )
Sat, Jan 07, 2017
Incredibly user friendly site. Immense details available on couple of clicks on.
Here is my website :: kroger ( %url )
Thu, Jan 05, 2017
Many thanks extremely valuable. Will share tinder dating site free search ( %url ) with my buddies.
Wed, Jan 04, 2017
Passion the site-- really user friendly and lots to see!
my page; tinder ( %url )
Tue, Jan 03, 2017
Great looking internet site. Think you did a great deal plenty of fish dating site of free dating ( %url ) your very own html coding.
Tue, Jan 03, 2017
Great looking website. Think you did a bunch plenty of fish dating site of free dating ( %url ) your own coding.
Mon, Jan 02, 2017
Exceptionally individual pleasant website. Tremendous information offered on couple plenty of fish dating site of free dating ( %url ) clicks.
Mon, Jan 02, 2017
say thanks to a lot for your plenty of fish Dating site of free dating ( %url ) it assists a whole lot.