Time flies. Way too fast.
HOW did it get to be mid-September?
Seems like a week ago that Jack and his friends graduated from high school. And now they're all at college and Juniors (ice hockey leagues). I was a bit nervous about Jack watching his buddies depart but he's handled the transition pretty well. At least I think he has.
It also helps to know that we'll be in LA at the end of this month. Jack is one of the recipients of a Swim With Mike college scholarship. SWM is a wonderful organization that provides financial resources to physically challenged athletes. It supports their advanced education so they can overcome their tragedies and pursue their dreams and goals in the academic world. We are beyond grateful to this incredible organization (https://swimwithmike.org
) for their generosity and belief in Jack.
We'll be attending a brunch for the new SWM scholarship recipients and then we're on a mission to nail things down regarding Jack's move to LA in January. Hoping to go to the USC football game while we're out there. That would be awesome. Fight On!!
So, yes, we have lots to do as we prepare for Jack to embark on his college journey. Another chapter and adventure to embrace. We've been busy all summer networking with LA connections (doctors, caretakers, rehab/therapy facilities, USC families, and so on) and getting things in order. Now we can pound the pavement and I hope and pray to leave LA with things in place. Wish us luck.
We also kept busy with two big fundraisers for the Jack Jablonski BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation.
We had our annual golf tournament on August 19th at the Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake, Minn. Apparently it was the largest golf tourney they've ever hosted. It was a fun-filled day for golfers of all ages and included about 16 well-known NHL players - some current (Parise, Vanek, Haula, Leddy, Ballard, Bjugstad, Drewiske, Martin, Alberts, Porter); some former (Gordy Roberts, Phil Housley, Tom Chorske, Wes Walz, Ben and Casey Hankinson); and John Randall, former MN Vikings Hall of Famer. Impressive. We were very grateful. And thrilled. So were the tourney attendees. The money raised supports spinal cord injury research and recovery.
September 7th marked the second annual Jabby 5K Run, Walk and Roll (HUGE thanks to Tracy Nevells for all of his efforts in this daunting endeavor). It was a beautiful morning and many Twin Cities runners and walkers turned out in support of the BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation and its mission to raise funds for SCI R+R. As you probably know, I am NOT a morning person, but I even showed up prior to 8:00 a.m. to kick off the event, and run (thanks to MM, my running buddy). Mike, Jack and I had the honor of blowing the horn to start the race (see photo), and then we hit the ground running. Jack hung behind to catch the early morning rays and entertain the wonderful volunteers and friends that made the morning go off without a hitch.
Speaking of fundraising, here's a "save the date" message: Saturday, November 1st - "A Night to BEL13VE." Our annual gala is transitioning into a new format and one that we're super excited about, thanks to the MN Wild. Event announcements should launch in the next week or so. Stay tuned.
Finally, there isn't much to report on Jack and his recovery process. Last week I watched his therapy session at Courage Kenny. He works so hard and I know how discouraging it is to put 110 % effort into therapy efforts yet not so much seems to emerge as new and exciting. That's typical of being nearly three years out from a spinal cord injury.
But I was blown away at how strong Jack's core is and at the strength he exerts to balance and move while sitting in place with minimal support. One of the exercises involved a medium sized workout ball. Jack had to grab and hold the ball, then twist and toss it to one side. Sounds simple, but not so for someone with an injury like his. I was so proud of him and how well he did, yet I found myself fighting back tears as I watched my son strain to throw the ball.
Why? Well, because. Because he was a phenomenal lefty pitcher who could throw strike-outs and whip a ball to first base to throw a runner out with ease. It was heart-wrenching to see him struggle with an exercise ball as images of Jack playing with his 12-year-old AAA baseball team in Cooperstown, NY danced through my head. I can still see him on the pitcher's mound with the scenic Upstate New York landscape in the background. Who ever would have thought this kid would end up paralyzed only four years later. Never say never....
As always, we appreciate your continued support of Jack and our family. Although my postings are not so frequent, please know that we see your messages, kinds words and ongoing support. LOVE.
All the best.