Jameson & Hector

On Saturday July 13th, Jameson and Hector finally met! Hands For Baby Jameson- Cycle USA came to a very emotional and happy finish!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHector finish

Hector Picard had set out on one incredible journey to show our little boy that ANYTHING is possible.  It ended with friends and loved ones by our sides showing compassion and support as Hector completed his 3200 mile bicycle ride across the USA. A ride that has no doubt inspired so many people around the country. A ride that proves to our son that despite his disability the impossible IS possible.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe rest of the day and well into the evening we spent time getting to know Hector and his wonderful family; his wife Wendy and two kids Sophia and Alex. They are really great! This was a big day for Jameson, despite missing his usual three-hour nap, our 1-year-old did so awesome! He welcomed Hector into his little baby world like he had already known him.Hector and Jameson

While we visited with the Picard clan, more community members, friends and family gathered with us at Prospector’s Bar and Grill.  There, we enjoyed good food, music, fun, and auctioned/raffled off all the awesome and generously donated items. The event was a success and we were able to raise $4,500! We could not have had such a great outcome without the generosity and love from so many. I would like to thank all of you that helped out and donated, you all are AMAZING!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thanks to all my helpers, without you this day would not have been this perfect:

Phil & Jet Kercher- you guys are so wonderful, Dwight & Trudy Olsen-we were able to get such a great bike, Prospector’s Bar and Grill- for hosting the event, my sister-in-law Cat-great job on 92.9 ZZU, my mother-law Sally and my mom Diane-we love you, Chad Wiser- you rock literally, Annie Bishop @KXLY- for helping us spread the word for months, Trevor Erickson & McClains Pizzeria- for spreading the word and selling so many bracelets, my Aunt Laurie- you were so helpful to us and wonderful to Hector, my niece Cali- for selling bracelets, my niece Ruby for telling Jameson’s story, Noah Skinner- for meeting up with Hector in Denver, Cindy Davis-you were great to get balloons and send Hector off from Pullman, Noah Sutherland-for rallying bikers and riding with Hector, Baddlands Bike Club- for riding with Hector,Pamela & Lilia Burks- thanks for driving the update car, a huge thanks to all friends and family that came out, & to all the people who joined in to ride with Hector-thank you!!!!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thanks to all the donators: North Division Bike, Phil & Jet Kercher,Debbie Thune, Lindsay Hofman & Spoke n’ Sport, Kollette McHaney @ Brews Bros, Laurie MacMillan, Thomas Hammer, John Grollmus, Julie Boehm, Leslie Dashiell, Stacy Sanchez & The Daily Habit, Shirley Antak, Connie Conradi, Wandermere Golf Coarse, Becky Goldberg, Dave Cornell – the winner of the bike raffle who requested the bike be returned to North Division and the cash value be given to the fundraiser, Wiser Weddings, Doug Clegg, Cathy Moudy, Beth Marrotta, Brian Anderson,Dave Holznagel, Barbara Smith, Daniel Lambert, Sue & Al Will, Heather Wiser, Brian Moore, Jackie Dowers and Family, and to all that made a donation to http://www.dontstopliving.org/…. I hope I am not missing anyone, if I am I truly apologize from the bottom of my heart.

And the biggest THANK YOU goes to Hector Picard! You truly are an amazing man and special human being. The total money that was raised because of you was $17,841!!!!!!!!  That money will greatly help provide Jameson’s future prosthesis! But, like Jim and I have said all along-  it is not about the money, it is about the true act of kindness and the incredible selfless deed of a stranger who showed a family and their child the courage to never give up. We have learned a tremendous life lesson and gained a new friend for life!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

6 Days To Go!

In 6 days, Jameson and Hector will meet for the very first time. As Jameson’s mother I am extremely excited for the moment that the two of them come face to face, for all of us to meet!  I can’t wait to give this incredible guy a great big hug. I am pretty sure that everyone in attendance is going to remember this for a very long time. A beautiful moment of pure raw emotion. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I saw one of Hector’s recent interviews where he told the reporter that this moment, when he meets us, is what has kept him going. And as he finished saying that, he nearly lost it and I saw a few tears. Brought tears to my eyes, that was for sure.

It’s not over yet, but I have to say that this has been quite the journey for Hector. It has been a very trying mission, probably more so than anyone anticipated. Sometimes I get the feeling that Hector’s daily updates have been a bit “sugar-coated”.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the daily updates, especially the Dear Jameson part! But I do know that he leaves stuff out like how his arm stump was pretty much being torn to shreds from the old bike, his shoes are falling apart, he only wears one sock so that he has a free foot to change bike tires, IV’s in your foot are painful, his stolen iPad was a Father’s Day gift, and much more. He has suffered, and it makes me sad and feel bad, but it was not like we could tell the guy “no way”. I am pretty sure he would not take no for an answer.

Even though this has been a huge challenge, Hector is having an adventure of a life-time! Meeting many wonderful people, visiting places he has never been before (he’s never seen wheat fields), living off of McDonald’s, Dominos Pizza, and Coca Cola, and most importantly he is inspiring so many people around the US, especially Jameson, that ANYTHING is possible even without hands.

Currently, Hector is in Idaho Falls, ID! Whoo hoo….. only one state from Washington! He’s almost here! If you want to help Hector finish his ride you can donate at: http://www.dontstopliving.org/index.html

And ANYONE can come join us in welcoming Hector July 13th here in Spokane, 10120 N Whittier St @1pm!!!

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