Birthday Love

The love just keeps coming. Over the past few month so many miracles have happened. We celebrated Jaren and Miri as they completed their year of Kindergarten and pre-school with a trip to Disneyland. I’ve returned to work.  This week Jaren, Miri and I spent time in Mazama, one of Abby’s favorite spots, reflecting on these past three months. And in my case, I spent the day today hiking to the summit of Goat Mountain reflecting on what will come in the next year as tomorrow, July 22nd, is my 36th birthday (double chai!)

As I look towards a new year, I hope you’ll help me celebrate at one of the below events that our community has organized.

  • Dine out for Abby’s Army – Sunday, July 31st @ 7:30pm – Our dear friend and James Beard Foundation Women in Culinary Leadership chef, Venessa Goldberg, will host a multi-course pop-up dinner. Tickets range from $100-175. Limited to 50 seats. RSVP here.
  • Obliterock! –Sunday, August 7th @ 10am-noon – Obliteride Team Abby’s Army will be host a benefit rock concert featuring kid favorites, Recess Monkeys. The event, designed for kids and families, can accommodate up to 350 attendees. RSVP here.

There’s still time to register and ride Obliteride with me and over 40 Team Abby’s Army riders.  With your help we’re already well on our way to raising $50,000! As an extra bonus, you’ll get to cheer me on at the starting line, as I’ve recently been asked to address the riders before they depart. I’m humbled by this opportunity and am looking forward to honoring Abby, our community, and the many lives touched and still at stake as a result of our inability to cure cancer today.

Finally, there’s another project I’ve been dreaming up for the past three months that I’m calling Project Yearbook.  It’s an audacious idea that will rely on Abby’s extensive network to curate stories about Abby from many vantage points in each year of her life and develop a series of yearbooks.  The culmination of this effort will transpire on each new birthday when Jaren and Miri each get to unwrap a new yearbook of Abby’s life and spend the year learning about Abby when she was that very same age. Right now we’re recruiting for some key roles to help get organized. More details here.

On behalf of the Abby’s Army community, I hope you’ll join us for an upcoming event in the next few weeks, and I look forward to sharing an update as we get to Obliteride.

Love and healing,

Justin, Jaren and Miri

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