Friends in the AiR... no that is not a typo. It is a heartfelt phrase coined by our own Mike Harvey. He created this poem (from a previous blog) to express his feelings about you - yes, you... all the wonderful peeps here on AR.
... Friends in the AiR
They hold out their hearts to touch yours
And make offerings of friendship
To make one person feel welcome
Another to feel encouraged
Yet another to find direction.
Their words reach across nations
Regardless of peace or strife
These friends in the air stand strong
For their friends whose lives they share
To comfort, to laugh, to care, to weep.
Perhaps, not in body do they come,
Although they certainly have,
But in the bonds of friendship they travel
And in the bounds of caring they stay
These friends in the air shall prevail.
Friends in the air... Thank you!
Friends in the air... God bless you!
As a cancer survivor, Mike has been very passionate in his support of the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life. Last year, we joined our team captain in a Relay for Life in Kearney, MO that coincided with Cat Hill's Midwest
Round-up. This year some of the same faces as well as some new joined together as your Friends in the AiR Relay for Life team in Liberty, MO the evening before Cat Hill's Midwest Round-up. This year's relay was dedicated to our own Dogfish Head who was battling
cancer. Sadly, she passed away the following week. Our sympathy goes out to all who "knew" her.
Since our team came from all across the country (Michigan, Illinois, Kansas and California), we arrived for the opening ceremony and left at the lighting of the luminaries. Many of you sponsored luminaries in support of Dogfish Head, while others sponsored
luminaries for other friends and loved ones. Mike thought it important to show the luminaries and he very generously provided himself (I mean his shirt) as a backdrop.
Our Friends in the AiR Relay for Life Team...Gammaray (xraybarb), Mrs. Mike (Linda), Magnolia Blossom, Mike Harvey, and MiBeingMi.
Thanks to the generosity of our fellow AR peeps, our team raised over $1,300! Thank you for your support.
We are all Friends in the AiR, whether you've tried someone's recipe, chitchatted back and forth on the Buzz, posted on blogs, exchanged Christmas cards, emails or phone calls. And if you've had the opportunity to meet a fellow
AR peep...well, you are very lucky indeed. I consider myself so incredibly fortunate, it brings tears to my eyes.
Below are the sponsored luminaries. I believe Dogfish Head (a/k/a Allison) had 6 luminaries, so a pic was taken for both names. Should anyone wish a better copy of any of these "faux toes", please email me at
. I believe if you click on the photo, it should enlarge for easier viewing.