Just wanted to post a few stories I've heard about lately. Recently a few people have shared with us that Susan inspired them to get a colonoscopy after her 'soap box' post. Of the six people we know of, three of them had polyps, one was pre-cancerous. All are on a 3 year re-check schedule now. All three were under 50. One person, knowing her family history with cancer, convinced the doctor to go ahead with the colonoscopy. I know Susan would be pleased that her experience could help others have a better chance to avoid what she went through. Early detection makes ALL the difference.
We are half way through the laborious process of gaining legal status for the Susan Mortensen Turley Foundation. We have a bank account established to hold all the tax deductible donations and are working on fund raising ideas. We are thankful for the generosity of people touched by Susan's story. Susan's cousin, Anna, has taken Susan's dream to help others to the max. She is running marathons and getting people to sponser her miles. This ambitious goal takes a lot of effort and time training and lining up sponsors. She is amazing! Her goal is to run in each of the 50 states...wow. Check it out http://anna-marathon50.blogspot.com/. Another of Susan's friends donated the proceeds from her club performance to the Foundation as well. We want to give a BIG thank you all you supporters!
Also, our young friend started a home baked cookie business recently and each week takes a dozen cookies in honor of Susan to someone who could use a bit of cheer. Thanks, Tessa!
Our lives are still a roller coaster of emotion and memories as we adjust to a life without Suz... We appreciate all the calls, mail, visits and prayers on our behalf. The blessings of our faith, family and friends brings us great comfort during this period of difficult adjustments. Thank you, one and all!