Event Date: Wednesay, May 10, 2017 - Registration starts at 7:15am, program starts promptly at 7:45am at the DoubleTree Bloomington
Location: Doubletree Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd Minneapolis, MN 55439
Pictured at left: My children and Yen’s girls: Luciano (11), Lindsey (21), Hannah (12), William (14), Jennifer (19)
Thank you for visiting my Gilda’s Breakfast Table page. I am so thrilled that you are considering supporting Gilda’s Club of the Twin Cities. Each year I host a table and each year I am so indebted to those who sit with me and support not just Gilda’s club, but also support my sister, Yen. I am involved with this great organization because of Yen.
When we arrived in America 42 years ago, we were the first generation of our family to experience the tremendous opportunities that only America provides. Yen knew that if she persevered through the loss of what she left behind in Vietnam and was steadfast in what she wanted for her future, she could live the “American Dream”. Yen did just that. She studied hard in school and was the first to graduate from our family, she found wonderfully supportive friends, she worked diligently in her career, she met the man of her dreams and she had the most precious children one could have ever imagined. Life was perfect. And then cancer hit. It was a shock to everyone. How could Yen have cancer? She was healthy. She was active She was spunky! She was strong. She was young. She was loved by everyone. She was a wife. And most importantly, she was a mother of small children who still needed her to guide them through their lives.
In some strange way, she must have known her time with her girls would be cut short. In the few years she had with them, you knew she had instilled a lifetime of love, generosity, kindness, perseverance and an ability to survive whatever was thrown at them with a sense of optimism and faith. You can see it today in the beautiful ladies they’ve become. They are filled with love for themselves and those around them. They are ambitious and accomplished. They ARE their mother’s daughters.
Needless to say, our journey battling cancer was not easy, and if there were lessons to be learned from the experience, I can’t say I know what they are. I just know that every day in every way that I can honor my sister’s memory, I am a little closer to peace.
Gilda’s Club has offered me a way to share my sister in a way that is meaningful and lasting through time. My family has sponsored a room at Gilda’s Club Twin Cities to show our support of their mission – to provide a place where no one has to face cancer alone. We did this so that generations from now will know Yen and so that her children and their future generations will see their mother’s name represented on a door at Gilda’s Club. After all, our family lineage in America begins with us. How we live our lives and what we do for others will be what posterity will embrace.
Perhaps the lesson of Yen’s journey with cancer is to be able to help others in their own battle with cancer and to let them know that they will never be alone at Gilda’s Club.
With the utmost gratitude, I thank you for your support… and I can’t wait to have breakfast with you on May 10th.