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Danny's Song 
 
Mar. 23, 2011 2:29 pm 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2011 9:55 am
Hi Everyone,   I think the majority of us have felt like we need some direction from the Lepp family about what we would like to do.  I was in a facebook conversation last week that a relative on the Lepps was also in and I took a chance on sending her a private email asking her advice.  She has replied today with Cindy & Danny's wishes.  I will go ahead and call this lady in ND Parks tomorrow to get further details.  I think from there, we can go ahead and set up a fund?  Look for an update by tomorrow (Thursday, end of business hours)  With their wishes clear, I feel a bit better about doing something now rather than waiting for more news ~ that was bothering me quite a bit:)  The best option I have found so far is Wishing Well.com ~ if there are other suggestions, please let them be known A.S.A.P.    Note, Cindy's mailing address is only available on her blog via her Caring Bridge link now if you would like to send a card privately.  Cheers,  Carrie  (Below is a copy of our conversation with identifying names removed for privacy)  **Cindy is now aware of this via the relative asking their wishes.  I also still have the other blog with your emails, suggestions and advice that we will continue to refer to. 
 
My proposal is:  I find out what the Parks in ND has available to us including cost, etc. Lady Sparkle is also working on putting the "Marathon of Love" thread into a book format including all the recipes (something Cindy can treasure for many years to come) Obviously, that could cost a bit of $$$, due to ink, paper, etc.  I would suggest we do something with park, pay the cost for the book and any remainder would go to Cindy for unforseen costs that she is likely to encounter over the coming few months.  Please share ideas!!!
 
Here is the link to LadySparkles blog about the book, please check it out:  http://allrecipes.com/Cook/11019003/BlogEntry.aspx?postid=228624<
 
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lass="x_x_x_x_x_GBThreadMessageRow_Body_Content">Hi Corinne,

I am one of dozens of friends of Cindy's on All Recipes and also a facebook friend of hers. I noticed you comment the other day on Cindy's post and assume you are a relative and are helping Cindy out right now. 

Our hearts are breaking for Cindy & Danny and prayers and wishes for peace are with them and all of you there supporting them.

We are attempting to collect donations from our group with the thought of arranging a tree planting or a perhaps a park bench if affordable. I am hoping to start contacting Parks Departments and City's to enquire what is available. Is Benton the best location to arrange something or would a different location be better? I would appreciate any hints you could give us to make this as fitting as possible.

We are all thinking of you and sending strength your way.

Thank you, Carrie Davies
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lass="x_x_x_x_x_GBThreadMessageRow_Body_Content">How thoughtful of you! I had to ask Cindy about this as I am not from the area. She requested that his hometown of Ashley, ND receive this donation. You may contact Brenda xxxx who is on the park board. Daytime/work number is xxx.xxx.xxxx and home/evening number is xxx.xxx.xxxx. If you get an answering machine just leave a message and she will get back to you as she is aware of the request. We all thank you from the bottom of our hearts with your thoughtfulllness and generosity. It means so very much. God Bless You :)
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lass="x_x_x_x_x_GBThreadMessageRow_Body_Content">Corinne, Thank you ever so much for your reply. We have been thinking about Cindy & Danny @ All Recipes non-stop and many prayers are being sent for peace and comfort. We were actually 'virtually' camped out in their backyard for over 48 hours on what is being called a "Marathon of Love". Cindy will be able to find the link to that on her blog when she has the time and needs some friends with her. We appreciate your suggestion very much! I think we are all feeling like we are wanting some direction in this from Cindy before moving forward.

I hope things are going as well as can be expected at the house and truly hope Danny is comfortable and Cindy is getting some rest.

Thanks again, Carrie

***UPDATE:   I have just spoken with the lady from the Park Board in Ashley, North Dakota.   I think we have really found something great here!!!  So the park is called Centennial Park and is on the grounds of the original school that is now gone.  If Danny went to grades 1~6 there he would have gone to that school.  The lady doesn't know for sure if Danny went to that school, but she knows his brothers did.  His one brother still lives just a 1/2 block from the park!   The Lepp family is very well known in town and their hearts are all with the family as well.  Centennial Park has a playground, a few benches, a basketball court and picnic tables.  She tells me lots of families gather there in the nice weather for picnics.   They can supply us a bench, but she is quite certain they can only supply concrete (she is double checking that and checking costs)  We can order our own bench if we like and it could be another material (wood or metal), but it has to have to have the capability of being cemented into the ground to avoid vandalism or theft.   I will be sending SWChef another email asking for some pictures, prices and availability to ND from her connection for benches.  We can also donate a tree and she says they generally run $75~$80 from the nursery closest to them.  The only tree that flowers nicely in their climate is a 'flowering crab', but apparently they are high maintenance due to the mess they make and the park doesn't like them.  She suggests a 'red maple' as they do about the best there. 
 
Now, for the fundraising:  I am having trouble coming up with too many options as a 'vessel' to collect the funds.  I would like to propose we use the Wishing Well for people to donate to a cash account for us to pay for the tree, bench and plaque.  Any excess funds would be payable directly to Cindy to do as she wishes; I assume she will have many medical costs or she may have another memorial she would like to donate to in Danny's name.  My understanding is that we could then donate by credit card.  (I have not yet played with the site to check everything out, but I will do that)
I would like to propose that we go ahead with the tree and bench (both marked with plaques ~ the tree they do a brick plaque) and continue to support the efforts of having the "Marathon of Love" book complied and bound.  Lady Sparkle is heading that project but it is not without cost Winking smile  I am also proposing that we look further into the details of Wish Well as a means to collect funds.  I propose we collect funds for one month to allow people to budget what they can afford.  While it will be known who donates, I suggest we keep individual donation private, but report a final balance to everyone.  As soon as enough money is raised we can move forward on the tree and bench.  If anyone objects to any of these proposals, now would be the time to say so please.
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In case you haven't yet seen it the link to Cindy Lepp's blog is:  http://allrecipes.com/Cook/10228009/BlogEntry.aspx?postid=227523<
 
Comments
Mar. 23, 2011 2:46 pm
My brother and sil sell park benches as well as tables and trash cans, etc. Perhaps we could get a deal from them. Let me know if yofu want more information - but anything you want to do works for me. Count on me for a donation.
 
Carrie 
Mar. 23, 2011 2:58 pm
SWChef, If we can/need to buy our own and do a the ND park, that is a great lead! Thanks!!
 
Puck 
Mar. 23, 2011 3:09 pm
I am so glad you were able to get a hold of the relative Carrie- it is nice to have some direction! It is wonderful that you are helping to organize this! It is amazing how everyone has come together- I just love this place :)
 
Mar. 23, 2011 3:21 pm
Thanks for the update Carrie. Will keep an eye out tomorrow for more details.
 
Mar. 23, 2011 3:23 pm
Thanks for the update. Thanks to Ms. Sparkle for putting the book together. Amazing how we can all virtually come together!
 
Mar. 23, 2011 3:25 pm
How nice to have some direction. I just put a donation for Lady Sparkles into the mail for the book she will be compiling. Thanks for what you are doing for this heartfelt endeavor.
 
Mar. 23, 2011 3:27 pm
Good Job, Carrie. And thanks for keeping us updated by doing all of this hard work. Count me in on whatever you need. If you have LadySparkles e-mail, will you forward her my e-mail address as well? I would like to help with that as well.
 
Carrie 
Mar. 23, 2011 3:37 pm
I don't have that email Toni, sorry:(
 
Mar. 23, 2011 4:25 pm
If someone tells me where to send money, I'll do so....either to Lady Sparkle or to a fund somewhere.
 
Mar. 23, 2011 5:01 pm
Thank you, again, Carrie!
 
Carrie 
Mar. 23, 2011 5:50 pm
*** Sorry about all the properties goop up there; it doesn't show on my edit or previews so I guess I can't get rid of it
 
Mar. 23, 2011 5:59 pm
Her email is in her profile. ladysparkle55@gmail.com If you email her, she will contact you w/ her address.
 
Mar. 23, 2011 6:13 pm
Thank you for doing this Carrie. My heart goes out to Cindy & Danny. I will be glad to donate. I have contacted LadySparkle and a donation toward the book / Cindy is on the way.
 
Mar. 23, 2011 6:43 pm
Carrie - when you talk to the folks at the Park Service ask them about SWChef's suggestion. Sound just perfect for what we are looking for. Personally - I would like to see any monies in excess of the memorial and book go directly to Cindy. I know that LS has said that any donations in excess of the cost of the book will be forwarded to Cindy. I have every confidence that LS will follow through with this.
 
Carrie 
Mar. 23, 2011 7:04 pm
Thanks for the vote Nana. I will ask them up front if we can supply the bench. We may need a picture of it for their approval but I just had a email from SWChef and she says they are top quality. If her Brother can ship to ND, it would be great!
 
Mar. 23, 2011 7:19 pm
Where is the "Like" button? :)
 
Lace 
Mar. 24, 2011 3:30 am
I'm willing to make any donations towards these endeavors for Cindy. Please keep us informed. Your enthusiasm with this project is certainly appreciated. Love to Cindy and Danny.
 
Mar. 24, 2011 4:32 am
Cindy and Danny, I will keep a good thought for you and pray for you. Remember, you're never alone. -Patricia
 
Anissa 
Mar. 24, 2011 4:39 am
Good job Carrie! Thanks so much for all your hard work. Contacting Lady S now and will keep checking back on your progress.
 
Mar. 24, 2011 6:41 am
Thanks for giving your time to keep us all informed. Will contact LS.
 
Mar. 24, 2011 7:14 am
I am so impressed with all your hard work and dedication to this endeavor. Thank you so much. I am also overwhelmed at the response of the Allrecipes family :)
 
Mangel 
Mar. 24, 2011 9:22 am
Thanks Carrie, I'm e-mailing LS right after this post. What a wonderful family we have here at AR. God bless you all.
 
Mar. 24, 2011 10:00 am
Great job Carrie! I am truly amazed by this group of awesome people, being there for our "virtual" friends. I'd be hard pressed to find such a great group in the "non-virtual" world! I will email ladysparkle to send some $$ as well.
 
Rohnda 
Mar. 24, 2011 11:00 am
Good news Carrie! Hopefully the wishing well donation will be an easy (or fairly easy!) task to set up. Again, thank you for doing this. It is progressing nicely. Look forward to more info as it comes in.
 
Carrie 
Mar. 24, 2011 11:09 am
**** UPDATE ABOVE!
 
Mar. 24, 2011 11:27 am
I appreciate all the work you are doing Carrie... Good job!
 
Mar. 24, 2011 11:35 am
The ideas and the info in your update sound great, Carrie. It also sounds like the park in ND is a wonderful idea w/ the family being so well known there. It will likely be enjoyed by many.
 
Mar. 24, 2011 11:58 am
Thanks CArrie for all the work you are doing on this project. I will contact LS and donate to the book fund as well as the park memorial as soon as info is available. My love and prayers are going out for Cindy and Danny always.
 
SueC 
Mar. 24, 2011 2:24 pm
Thanks,Carrie for taking this on. We all wish the best for the Lepp Family and this shows it! I will gladly donate once it is known where to. You do great work!
 
Carrie 
Mar. 24, 2011 2:27 pm
Thank you all for your support ~ I know we can accomplish great things together!
 
Mar. 24, 2011 2:43 pm
Thanks for the update Carrie - this sounds PERFECT!
 
Mar. 24, 2011 3:23 pm
Sound excellent Carrie! You are doing such a wonderful job. I am SO grateful to you for steeping up to the plate and taking this on. I never considered the hang-ups that could come up when collecting money and I never would have had enough free time on my hands to tackle this these past couple of weeks. You are amazing and I appreciate you dearly!
 
Mar. 24, 2011 3:23 pm
*stepping
 
Mar. 24, 2011 3:24 pm
I will definetly contact LS and donate and the park memorial as soon as the info comes out! Thank you so much Carrie!
 
Mar. 24, 2011 3:59 pm
Carrie, well done and thank you for sending folks to my blog. We are an "All Hands on Deck" family, very heartwarming. I wonder if the Park would consider an American Redbud tree? They are not messy, bloom in the spring and have heart shaped leaves. The Arbor Day Foundation says they are hardy to zone 9. It is just a suggestion. Red maples are lovely as well. :)
 
Mar. 24, 2011 5:27 pm
I have been busy lately and I am out of the loop. Please forgive me for asking, but did something awful happen? I can't piece it together from only the blog post above.
 
SB 
Mar. 24, 2011 5:28 pm
I would like to donate once its all figured out. I think this is such a kind thing to do for the Lepps. Please keep us updated on how to donate. Thanks ladies for all your hard work!
 
SB 
Mar. 24, 2011 5:32 pm
MSC~ Yes, please Read Cindy's last blog >>> http://allrecipes.com/Cook/10228009/BlogEntry.aspx?postid=227523
 
Mar. 24, 2011 5:39 pm
How wonderful people are who step up and take on these chores of love that enable the rest of us to contribute in our own way. Thanks especially to Carrie and Lady Sparkle, and I hope I have not left anyone else out. If I have I'm sorry.
 
Mar. 24, 2011 6:02 pm
I have a Ornamental Crabapple Tree and it flowers beautifully every spring with no crab apples dropping. It just flowers BUT I live in Minnesota and not sure if they have them there or if they grow well - Just a thought - You are wonderful for doing this for Cindy and Danny !!!!
 
Carrie 
Mar. 24, 2011 6:40 pm
Sweet Creations: Also check out the recipe RNG did and leave a review. There is a link in that also for the 48+ hour thread that went on last weekend in support of the Lepps. ..... http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62698822/Lepps-Marathon-of-Love/Detail.aspx
 
Carrie 
Mar. 24, 2011 6:42 pm
Thanks people!! I will make a note of these tree suggestions and ask the Parks board about them! SWChef has asked his contact to send me some information and quotes on the benches, so that is moving forward also.
 
Mar. 24, 2011 7:20 pm
Carrie, please let me know what to do. I want to do whatever. I left you my email address in the post directed to me. Please let me know! I appreciate all you are doing. &hearts;
 
Mar. 24, 2011 10:00 pm
No objection (= Just appreciation =D
 
Mar. 24, 2011 11:57 pm
Sounds great, count me in! Thanks for all the work you are doing organizing this!
 
Mar. 25, 2011 5:19 am
Carrie, you are a mover and shaker...I so appreciate you!
 
Mar. 25, 2011 5:25 am
Please continue to keep us posted. I'll be a donor too! Thanks to all of you who are making this happen.
 
Carrie 
Mar. 25, 2011 5:53 am
Thanks Marianne! & thanks again for the support everyone!
 
Mar. 25, 2011 7:07 am
It sounds like a great idea!
 
Mar. 25, 2011 7:44 am
Great idea, Carrie. Thanks for organizing all of this. Count me in. I will be happy to support the idea and will stay tuned to how to participate.
 
Mar. 25, 2011 10:59 am
Awesome job Carrie. Keep us posted on how to contribute.
 
Mar. 25, 2011 9:45 pm
Count me in Carrie!
 
Mar. 25, 2011 9:48 pm
Carrie>> one of Gods Angels here on Earth!!! Bless you and I too am soo impressed with the love and friendship you show terrific people who need our love and friendship. Thank you from the bottom of my heart:) I am not an FB peep but I will try and keep track of Cindy and Danny through my AR family. Thanks again Honey!
 
Denise 
Mar. 25, 2011 10:55 pm
Thank you Carrie for all your hard work to keep us all informed! You have come up with some great ideas! This sounds perfect.
 
Mar. 25, 2011 11:30 pm
Did you check on ornamentel crab tree ? Just wondering ;)
 
Mar. 25, 2011 11:32 pm
Maple trees - from what I have are messy- IMO
 
Mar. 25, 2011 11:33 pm
I have both
 
Mar. 25, 2011 11:34 pm
I also have a ash tree and its great . Just a thought
 
Mar. 26, 2011 7:20 am
Great ideas, all, and you can count me in. What a wonderful effort.
 
Jena 
Mar. 26, 2011 8:09 am
Thanks for the info Carrie. I look forward to donating and will contact LS on Monday about helping out w/ book costs.
 
Mar. 26, 2011 8:32 am
Thank you Carrie for all you are doing! I will also send funds and responded to LS's blog on the book. I'll get some photos taked for the recipes this weekend. Let us know where to send a check. Prayers for the Lepps!
 
Mar. 26, 2011 8:58 am
Carrie...you da bomb kid:)
 
Carrie 
Mar. 26, 2011 10:12 am
Thanks everyone ~ I'm keeping a list of these trees to ask the park board about
 
cynjne 
Mar. 27, 2011 8:40 am
I've been thinking of Cindy and her family since I read the initial post. I would also be happy to be a part of this support. It's wonderful to come together here on AR and actively show our friendship. I know of another family who were quite moved by a tree planting and park bench dedicated to their loved one. There was also a set of three stepping stones bearing the thoughts of the younger family members which helped to include them. I really look forward to more information and will keep a close eye on this blog.
 
Carrie 
Mar. 27, 2011 7:14 pm
Cynjne, Thank you for your comments, very encouraging that we are making the right choice :)
 
Mar. 27, 2011 7:39 pm
Carrie, where can I send my donation for the bench/tree? I am sorry if it posted above- I didn't read all the comments. THANKS!!
 
Carrie 
Mar. 28, 2011 7:24 am
Hi, actually trying to get some more information on that today. Lots of issues to think about with it. Like who's name do we put it in to be able to pay for bench & tree and then how we would send any remaining monies to Cindy. I have sent some emails out with questions to a website called Our Wishing Well. Hopefully will have something set up by tomorrow?
 
Carrie 
Mar. 28, 2011 7:28 am
I have looked online at the Ash tree and Ornamental Crabapple tree. the ash tree looks great and it looks like it would grow in North Dakota. The Ornamental Crabapple is really pretty but I notice when I google it, it comes up with the Flowering Crab that the Parks. Dept said they won't have. I have also looked at pictures via google of the Red Maple which was recommended by Parks as one of the hardiest growers in their area and they are beautiful too. I have sent on those question to the Parks Dept this morning for their comment.
 
Carrie 
Mar. 28, 2011 8:45 am
I think I may know why the Parks Dept lady is recommending a Red Maple for our tree. I found the park on google and went for a little tour. Pretty blurry, but a nice little, simple park in the neighborhood type feel to it. |All the trees I can see are green, so a Red Maple might stand out more as something special in the park.
 
Mar. 28, 2011 9:22 am
Thanks for the update, Carrie.
 
Mar. 28, 2011 10:23 am
Hi Carrie. You might want to be careful about an ash tree. Depending on the type of ash and the area of the country, emerald ash borers are killing a lot of the ash trees.
 
Mar. 28, 2011 10:24 am
P.S. I believe red maples are very hardy, plus they are beautiful trees.
 
Carrie 
Mar. 28, 2011 10:47 am
I think my personal feeling is we might be wise with what is being recommended by the Parks Dept as a good tree for there ~ I know they know more than I do! And I agree, very pretty, nice shade and I like the idea of it always re-generating with new leaves/fresh hope/new life every year
 
Mar. 28, 2011 12:21 pm
You do what you feel is best, Carrie. We will trust your judgement! Thanks again for doing this! &hearts;
 
Mar. 28, 2011 7:23 pm
I have just joined this blog after reading about Danny. While I do not know what caused his illness it sounds like cancer. I just lost my brother on February 5, 2011 to cancer and it was indeed a very sad and hopeless journey. It makes us realize just how fleeting life is and how reaching out to our fellow human beings to let them know we share their pain at this time is what humanity is all about. My prayers and thoughts go out to you Cindy and Danny. I have enjoyed your blog as well. Hope to share some more in the future.
 
Mar. 28, 2011 9:39 pm
Thanks for doing all this! Let us knwo when and where to send a donation to - you can count me in.
 
Mar. 29, 2011 12:35 am
Maple Trees are very hardy and they are beautiful - I have two, one turns yellowish orange in the fall and the other orangish red.
 
Carrie 
Mar. 29, 2011 6:10 am
Bridget325, I am very sorry to hear about your brother. Yes Danny has cancer and has also had a stroke or two which has made things a little harder for him
 
Mar. 29, 2011 6:20 pm
Carrie, Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge my message. I think it is wonderful that this site offers such friendship to Cindy & Danny. Kindly know that they are in my thoughts and prayers. As well as you and all of the others on this site. God Bless!
 
Apr. 7, 2011 9:55 am
How is Danny?
 
 
 
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