My sister, Tina Mote, will be running in the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, October 7, 2018.
For this marathon, Tina decided to raise money for something that is close and dear to her heart – The Arthritis Foundation. Unfortunately myself and another close friend have rheumatoid arthritis. Tina decided to run the marathon in our honor in support of raising money for a great cause. In fact, below is a note of why she picked the Arthritis Foundation:
“Both my sister and my close friend have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and through them I have become passionate about wanting to do something to contribute towards a cure or better ways to treat RA. In addition, I’d like to bring awareness to RA and the herculean effort people afflicted with RA have to go through on a daily basis.
I’ve seen both my sister and my friend deal with flare-ups and with medicine side effects and I’ve seen them be immune compromised. My friend, who is only in her early 30s, is currently having to fight through some really tough side effects of Rituxan (a chemo treatment for RA); she’s undergoing this treatment because other medicines have not been effective for controlling her RA. The side effects at times have been life threatening.”
The following passage is from my friend’s blog. It speaks volumes to what she has to endure.
“Had a good learning experience today, for the first time something was blamed on me because of my ‘being sick.’ I realized that when someone can use the smallest thing against you (and being sick is no small thing) then you have entered into a world where you feel like you have to be ‘Great,’ ‘Doing good’ all time because if you don’t….someone will say ‘blank didn’t happen because YOU were ‘sick’.’
I’ll say I expect better, the world needs to understand the world of those people who are chronically ill! Why should we have to live a lie? Why should we push ourselves so hard to earn an Oscar every day for our performance? Why can’t we be honest about how we feel? Why?
….because that will be the weapon someone will use against us. And so we can’t, so instead we lie, we push ourselves, we never show the tears of pain and fatigue…..instead we make ourselves smile, laugh, and act like we are normal….because if we didn’t someone will say ‘because you are sick’.
This is where we need your help. I’ve never asked for much here at the Hotel Thompson but if you have anything to give, we would so appreciate anything that you could donate towards my sisters marathon. Her goal is to raise $2,000.00 and every little penny counts. If you would like to donate, please go donate here. This should be the page link for Tina Mote for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Let her know that Bacon sent you.
Remember, every little penny counts so we appreciate anything you can donate.
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Dear Bacon – All of these young gals cramming the local Starbucks in search of the perfect cup of Java. Who says that us dogs can’t appreciate this too? I dressed up and walked into our local Starbucks – no one could tell the difference. I had my hair did, my scarf and my doggy Uggs. I ordered my double shot of Mocha and told them my name was Nicki with an “I”. Can YOU tell the difference? Signed Nicki
Oh Nicki – that is hilarious! I absolutely love it and see no difference in you ordering your favorite cup compared to anyone else around here my friend. I say sit back and enjoy that cup – you so deserve it!
Dear Bacon – There I was playing with my favorite toy like I do all of the time – I love this toy! That’s when things turned bad very quickly. It attacked my face. I can’t get it off. I’m so glad the human found time FIRST to take a picture, don’t you? Help please. Signed Alien
Dear Alien – Snorts! I’m laughing with you my friend – really. I’ve seen this kind of contraption around here at the Hotel Thompson with Houdini playing with it. I
look don’t look forward to it when it attacks him – I can see it now “Toys Gone Wild”.
Dear Bacon – What? Don’t all households look like this at the end of the day with two strapping lads playing hard? I mean what else are we to do when the humans are gone all day long without us? So we play hard. Signed Dos Destructives
Dear Dos Destructives – Snorts! I’ve seen the Hotel Thompson look like that in two hours with a 6 pound Yorkie my friends. Does it happen – yes. All the time – um no. I say you two did a fine job that day. I’m sure your humans were greatly impressed… or not. Maybe next time, clean up before they get home.
Dear Bacon – What out for me okay. I know the staff keep this treats for me in this cabinet. I just know it. I’m going to take a peek while you watch out. Give me a sign if you see them coming into the kitchen okay. Signed Tip Toe
Dear Tip Toe – I think it’s the cabinet to the left of the one you are in… well it is here at the Hotel Thompson. Let me ask you this though my friend. Once you get the container, how will you open it? Nods head – I see the lights coming on now on your face. Maybe give it to the barky thing (if you have one) to play with for a while. They are amazing at opening things. Then you can blame it all on them. I’m just sayin’. Double snorts!
Dear Bacon – Shaking my head in disgust. The human was getting dressed and dropped this contraption on the floor. I picked it up and got snagged myself. Why do these things happen to me? Signed Busted
Dear Busted – You poor thing my friend. Sometimes it’s not good if it fits you must sits kind of situations. I say plea to your human as soon as possible to get untangled in your weave of despair. Good luck!
REMEMBER FRIENDS – Dear Bacon can’t happen without YOU. Please keep sending me your letters and pictures to my email address 🙂
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