We Love Tate!!!

We cannot believe that it has been 5 years since Chesley and Van first found out about the ?Angels Among Us? (www.angelsamongus.org) charity and its support for Brain Tumor research. By now you know that we support this organization after our nephew Tate suffered from a brain tumor in December 2005. Tate is now 7 years old and doing really well. He is in public school kindergarten trying all of the sports that Chesley will let him. During his last visit to Duke for his yearly MRI he was able to do the procedure without being put under anesthesia. That is really impressive considering he had to lie completely still for 30 minutes while the technician ran the scanner. He only visits with the neurosurgeon and the oncologist at Duke once a year now and received a clean bill of health back in January. 

We have been so fortunate with Tate?s recovery and want to do all we can to help others and hopefully find a cure for brain tumors. Thanks to your support last year, we were able to raise over $22,000 to donate to ?Angels Among Us? and the Spring 2010 event raised over 1.6 million dollars. With your help over the last 5 years we have been able to donate over $65,000. The past October we held our 5th Annual ?Team Tate Pig Pickin? Tailgate? at Virginia Tech and were able to raise over $8,000 to donate to this year?s event. If all goes well with the event in April, ?Angels Among Us? will have raised and donated over 10 million dollars to help find a cure for Brain Tumors.

Erin and I are asking for your support of ?Team Tate? again this year as we participate in the 5K Run and Family Fun Walk at Duke University?s campus on April 30th. Please help us reach our goal of matching or beating the amount we raised last year. You can make a donation via the website link provided here Angels Among Us - Team Tate.

If you decide to make a donation please make sure you specify our team name, ?Team Tate? when completing the on-line form. You can also make a donation by cash or check (to Duke University 11BT) prior to April 25th, again making sure to note ?Team Tate?. More information about this event is provided on the website link above.

If you would like to participate in either the 5K, Family Fun Walk, or both we would love for you to join us on April 30th. You can register at the website provided above. Make sure you register under Team Tate and let us know you are coming.

If you have any questions please call me (804-922-7681). Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers over the past five years. 

Be Blessed,


Bret, Erin, Clara, and Sophie

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