BENEFITING: Sarcoma Foundation of America
EVENT DATE: Sep 26, 2015
R A I N P L A N :
As a result of this weather, we are going to have to cancel the event in the park... So no lawn games, cake walks, or tortoise races. However, our doors are open for you to stop by for a hot dog, boiled peanuts, a slice of cake, and meet the tortoises who you were gonna bet on.
If you need directions to our apartment, call Tom Rittenhouse
Thank you for all your support!
Inspired by my late twin brother, Wyatt Mitchell, we are celebrating life the funnest way we know how - with our fourth annual Half-Stache Bash! Wyatt never took himself too seriously, so to honor that, we've packed a day full of events influenced by his convivial nature. Join us in lawn games, cake walks, photo booth, temporary tattoos, raffles, auctions, and tortoise races!
The Fundraiser will be held in Winn Park (of the Ansley Park neighborhood in Atlanta) on Saturday, September 26, 12-4pm. Bring your kids, dogs, lawn chairs, cash, and smiles. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Get ready to participate in the epic tortoise races, auctions, raffles, temporary tattoos, photo booth, majestic t-shirts, and new to this year, the nap booth (appropriate for all ages)!
Let's make this year extra special by also showing support to the strongest woman I know, my Mom, Nancy Mitchell. In January of this year, we were confronted with that "c" word once again. Mom was re-diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma after almost eight years of remission. Through our intimate battles with cancer, we have also seen the beauty of having the magnitude of friends and family like you. Thank you all for you inexorable support. A donation to the National Kidney Foundation can be accessed through this website: https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/kidneycancer
On September 22, 1985 a set of twins stumbled into this world -- one butt-first, and the other by the ankle. Wyatt came out butt first, but landed on his feet, running through this world touching people's lives and making them better. I, Julia, am the other twin. I came into the world ankle-first... and even though Wyatt could run circles around me, he was always by my side.
In 2005 Wyatt was first diagnosed with Synovial Cell Sarcoma. He was diagnosed two more times: in 2009, days before graduating from the University of Georgia and weeks before his wedding, and again the summer of 2010. Wyatt bravely fought cancer through multiple surgeries, radiation, and chemo. On December 8, 2010, Wyatt left this earth a man full of love, a husband, a brother, a son, a friend, a leader, a Christian, and an example to thousands of people.
To continue celebrating the life Wyatt lived, and the life we shared as twins, I want to honor our birthday by throwing our fourth annual fundraiser. Like in years past, all proceeds will be donated to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, so one day research can prolong the life of others affected with sarcoma. Please join us in the love, laughs, and memories as we aim for another successful Half-Stache Bash fundraiser!
Why the "Half-Stache"?:
Like many cancers, Sarcoma is hard to treat. Wyatt battled intensive surgeries, chemotherapy treatments, and radiation. Being a strong-willed man with a great sense of humor, Wyatt didn't let these treatments defeat him. He wore them proudly. Radiation gave him half a 'stache, that he wore whole-heartedly.
Sarcoma is a type of cancer that originates in connective tissue. Connective tissue is vascular, so the cancer cells can metasticize through the circulatory system, which is why Sarcoma is a rare and aggressive cancer, frequently hiding deep in arms or legs. Wyatt's Synovial Sarcoma oddly occurred in and around his jaw on the left side of his face. It is estimated that 1 to 3 indiviuals of a million are diagnosed in the US each year. There is a lot to learn about the causes and treatments of Sarcoma, which is why funding this research is so important to me and the many people affected by Sarcoma.
With Great Thanks & Love,