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Very brief post

To try an summarize May 16th, I created two pages.  Look at the top of this page and you will see Baty Bash and Colon Cancer 5K.  Click on either page to see a summary of both of the events.  Some of us will be doing the 5k and then heading over to the picnic area for food and fun at noon on that day.  Please feel free to take part in either one or both of the events.  I would love to see you there.  Registration information is included for either event on the pages above.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at:  baty_chris@hotmail.com

Thank you for checking in on me and my family.

Chris

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Sunday May 16th-chris here

It is really me posting this time.  We are truly humbled by the party Pat is putting on for us.  I really hope you can all make it.  This party is a celebration of life, family and friendship.

It is open to everyone!  You are invited if you fall into one of these categories:  old classmates, Pictura employees, Ritz employees, Varsity employees, Home Force employees, Proex employees, all my Hosanna friends, Halo friends, Celebrate Recovery friends, Pray for the Cure friends, Baty relatives, Koskela relatives(yes that includes the Packas and Wiinanens), Manor relatives, Stratton relatives, Berger relatives, Methodist friends, Colon Cancer friends, Abbott friends, Baty Sisu teammates from last year, Randy Smith Foundation friends, Bob Buckmeier Foundation friends, Bemidji Evangelical Free church friends, Bemidji Evangelical Covenant church friends, St. Joseph’s Parish friends, neighbors, the Town Family, daycare family friends, Dick Shovan, The Leblanc’s, David Housholder, Deer Hunting friends, if you ever knitted me a hat, Team Captain Sarah’s friends, Fantasy Football friends, BSU friends, Winona State friends, old neighborhood friends from Bemidji, if you thought Ben Bakken’s rendition of Heavenly Day was amazing http://www.vimeo.com/5592547, Kent Bahr and family, all of the Emerys, Mike and Sharon Lish, clients of Advanced Chiropractic, if you are a fan of Jeremy Camp/Kutless/Bon Jovi/Casting Crowns/Mainstay/Third Day or Newsboys, if you thought the music in Brad Godwin’s old van was just a little too loud, if you attended Upperclassmen, Teens Club or Kids Club and or anyone who is actually still reading this.  You are all invited-pass the word.  Karen and I would love to see you there!  I have a feeling it will be a very blessed day.

All you have to do to sign up is comment on the blog that you are coming and let us know how many.  If that doesn’t work:  call me, email me, Facebook me, drop me a card.  If you want to get more detail about the party-please read Pat’s previous posts.

Health update-all is pretty well.  My blood work and blood pressure are a little concerning-they continue to monitor.  My white blood cells, red blood cells, and my hemoglobin are good.  My platelets and liver functions are still acting weird.  My liver numbers continue to rise-meaning the liver is working overtime to keep everything good-although my billirubin is just above normal.  My blood pressure continues to slowly come down 123/83 today.

Thank you for taking the time to read, comment and pray for Karen, myself and the guys!

Chris

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ALL !! THATS RIGHT!! ALL FOOD AND DRINK WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE BATY BASH!

JUST GET THE FAMILY IN THE CAR AND WITH OLD CLOTHES ON, SO EVERYONE CAN RUN. EXPLORE,  WALK BY THE LAKE , FISH A LITLLE AND JUST HAVE FUN!  NO NEED TO MESS WITH PACKING FOOD AND ALL OF THAT STUFF.  ALLYOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IS THAT YOU ARE SIGNED UP WITH THE JUST WHO IS GOING TO BE WITH YOU!!  ALSO IF YOU LIKE TO FISH GREAT FISHING IN THE LAKE SO BRING POLES! BOATS,CANOES,KAYAKS IF YOU HAVE ANY!!  EVERYONE PLEASE BE SAFE DRIVING!!!

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THE BATY BASH TEAM!!!! GET SIGNED UP NOW!!!

Well we will see if this really works!

This is Pat and to make things very clear I am a colon cancer survivor! However what follows may seem if I am not supportive of the Colon Cancer Walk on 16th of May. Not true I have raised money for 3 years  and have spent a great deal of time and effort for this walk!! That is changing this year! WHY? Because I do not feel as if I (personally) am getting any bang for my buck!!! Long story (short)!! I want to make a real difference! In someones life that is so very affected by this insidious cancer!!! I am hoping you will want to do the same!

Chris, gave me the privilege of writing this e-mail without his approving what I wanted to say (HE WON”T DO THAT AGAIN!)

THE BATY BASH is something I have wanted to do for two years and I think all of you know why we haven’t!!! But with my begging that is what we are going to do with your help!  So here we go!

On May 16 at Bush Lake Park (Shelter#1) Lets get together for a whole lot of fun and celebrating the wonderful friendship we all have with this amazing family!!!

DETAILS!!!!

START AT 12 NOON ON THE 16TH! THERE WILL BE A KEG OF BEER,WATER,POP AND LOTS OF PICNIC SNACKS, (DIPS,CHIPS,PEANUTS,POPCORN, SWEETS ALL THINGS THAT WOULD ACCOMPANY YOUR OWN LUNCH )GAMES,PRIZES AND LOTS OF OTHER SURPRISES FOR ALL!!!!   THIS PARK HAS EVERYTHING SO BRING YOUR BIKES, SOCCER BALLS, BASEBALLS GLOVES, KICKBALLS AND MAYBE A CHANGE OF CLOTHES IF YOU THINK YOU WILL FALL IN THE LAKE.

All this fun will cost you $25.00 a family( all money will go directly to the BATY BASH FAMILY). And if you are one you are still a family!!! I hope you all can get behind this event instead of the Colon Cancer Walk! We will be the Baty Bash  Team doing our own walk at the Lake SO much nicer!! If you would like to donate more for our BATY BASH TEAM FEEL SO FREE TO DO SO!!!

THE FIRST 5 FAMILIES THAT SIGN UP FOR OUR BATY BASH TEAM  WILL GET A DELUXE PICNIC BASKET FULL OF INCREDIBLE PICNIC STUFF THE NEXT 20 FAMILIES THAT SIGN UP WILL ALSO GET A SMALLER VERSION OF THE BIG,BIG BASKET!!!! (WE WILL GET YOUR BASKETS TO YOU BEFORE THE BATY BASH WALK AT THE LAKE)!!!NOW TO BE FAIR YOU MUST BE THE FIRST ONE TO COMMENT ON THE BATY BASH TO GET THE BIG BASKET AND  ALL YOU LATE TO THE PARTY FAMILIES MUST USE THE COMMENT BUTTON TOO!!! SO CAN’T WAIT TO SEE  WHAT FAMILY IS FIRST

IF YOU HAVE COMPLAINTS PLEASE CALL CHRIS!!!

A HUGE THANK YOU   PAT

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The Baty Bash-May 16th

It looks like we are going to take our friend Pat up on her offer to do a party/picnic the day of the Colon Cancer 5k walk/run.  We will start up the team again, but this year we are more focused on enjoying everyone’s company vs. raising a lot of money.  We asked a few questions to make sure we knew where everyone’s hard earned money was going and learned this:

“This year, the largest chunk will go to the MN Dept. of Health Sage Scopes program.  The funds will allow for treatment of underinsured and uninsured patients.  LONG story, but the health systems get scared with the idea of what to do when someone is diagnoses.  They don’t mind the screening piece, but there are nerves about treatment.   We’ll also underwrite some other educational programs – and, of course the survivor support group @ North Memorial.  The survivor program through CARS oddly keeps telling us they don’t need help.”

Since the money does not go to current patients or the creation of future treatments(no drugs/procedures), I don’t have my heart behind asking everyone to donate.  Basically everyone out on that walk doesn’t get any benefits of the money you donate.  So we will have a team and some will participate in the walk/run, but we won’t be asking for your money.  If you still feel obligated to donate, feel free.

The Baty Bash will be an old fashion picnic for everyone!!!!    We will have it at a park 5-10 miles away from where the Walk/Run takes place.  Games!! Prizes! Fun!!!   Pat Groeper has been one of those angels that God has placed in my life during this fight and she as offered to take care of all the planning.  We will follow with more details in the very near future.  Sunday May 16th is the day.

Health wise: I have been feeling very good.  I have had a couple days where  have felt exhausted.  One of those days was last Sunday where I basically stayed in bed from 2 p.m. in the afternoon until 5 the next morning.  I talked to the hospital and they said I may have a couple “crashes” like that.  They attribute it to the radiation treatment and not getting enough rest.  Basically if I don’t rest enough myself, my body decides to shut me down.  I do blood work once a week because a couple numbers have been off.  Also I now have some high blood pressure numbers so they are monitoring that as well.  My last reading was 123 over 88, down from 135 over 95 last week.

Big Picture Health Wise:  The plan continues to be wait and see.  We won’t see anything until we do scans probably in late May or early June.  If the to tumors have shrunk enough, then we move on to Liver Surgery #2.  After that then the plan is for more chemo. -yuck!  I thank God every day that I am not on chemo.

Family wise:   All is good.  Karen continues to fight through her asthma/allergies/cold.  Karen and Jaxson continue to improve and move up levels in Tae Kwon Do-they are yellow belts now.  Below is Brenden on one of his first rides without his training wheels.  He suddenly got very determined and focused on not having any training wheels on this year.  So we worked on it a little bit and he made a couple small runs.  I told Jaxson to get his camera and he snapped this photo on one of his “long runs” on day 2 of our training.  I think I was a thrilled as he was.  One of those big moments in a kid’s life.  I love that Jaxson caught it on “film”.

Be blessed and have a Happy Easter.  More team details and picnic information to come.  Thank you for all your prayers, thoughts, cards and gifts.  They continue to be a blessing to my health and our family.

Chris

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