Aug 24, 2009
The emotion from Saturday’s event is beginning to settle. Molly’s paddle-out and Bash was easily the most spiritual event that I’ve ever experienced in my life. I can’t draw an image from that day without my eyes filling with tears. It was beautiful, and the paddle out was such an amazing way to pay tribute to a little girl that brought so much love to so many lives. Meg and I can’t even begin to thank you all enough for helping us celebrate Molly’s life on Saturday. We will never forget you or the love and support that you have provided to my family. Thank you for making the day one that I will remember each day for the rest of my life. You all are so wonderful. Mahalo….
I can’t bring myself to single out the handful of family and close friend’s that really helped make Molly’s event so beautiful because so many people rallied and made the day happen. A community came together, and so many amazing people had a helping hand in making sure that Molly’s birthday was one that we all will remember for the rest of our lives. Please know that Meg and I are so grateful to each of you. Your generosity, volunteering your time and effort into organizing the day, will never be forgotten. Thank you and bless you all.
I have mentioned countless times that Molly’s fight with cancer has impacted so many lives in a positive way. It is so difficult for me to remember that fact because my daughter is no longer alive, but so many people have sent me messages telling me that Molly’s battle has changed their perspective on their own lives for the better. Mine too.
I have spoken with other parents that have lost children. The reality of Molly’s death is still very painful for me, and I can’t wrap my head around the complexity of how her death has totally made me a better person but it has.
I am a better father to Kieran and a better husband to Meg. I love them more, I cherish them more, and I want to live each day in a manner that will allow the love that I have for them to grow stronger.
I am a better friend to my pals. I do not take their friendship for granted, and I love each one of them as they were a member of my family because they all have become very much a part of our family. Molly’s illness and her death has made my love for the ocean very genuine. Surfing is therapy, surfing heals all wounds, and thank God that I have the ability to spend time in the ocean every day if I choose. Molly’s death has taught me not to take anything or anyone for granted. It is difficult not to do so, but I am trying. The messages that Meg and I receive from other parents relay similar information, but the fact of the matter is that, as parents, Molly’s fight has opened our eyes to the reality that life is so very precious. That is a life lesson that I will take to my grave.
Just when you thought the party was over, I am here to tell you that we’re all road tripping it to Portand, ME tomorrow night where we will continue the Molly Bash at Flatbread Pizza. Flatbread is hosting a Molly Fund event in which a percentage of the proceeds from each pizza will benefit the Molly Fund. Thank you, Bobby. Thank you, Sarah, and thank you so much to Johnny and Jay for continuing to support lil’ miss Molly. Todo Bien is going to be throwing down the live music. Skip, Chris, and Salt….I just love you guys with all of my heart. Mahalo.
See ya’ll in Portland.
Aug 24, 2009
While we get everything pulled together, here’s a few images that Brian Nevins took during the event. Really powerful images, and we’ll hopefully be showing more soon. Check out his site, there’s some incredible work there.
Aug 23, 2009
It’s been a full weekend and we’re pulling together a mountain of images and video to put on the site. If you have any photos you’d like to share, we’d love to have them. If they’re individual photos, you can attach them to an email and send them to the address at the bottom of this page. If you have several and would like to upload them to FTP, just send an email and I can get you the login info.
In the meantime, check out this great front page article from Seacoast Sunday.
Aug 21, 2009
Here's some random stuff, there might be a few more of these messages...
If you bought items you want to pick up:
We're still working on figuring out when we can definitely be available for item pick up. Aside from that, look for a black Dodge Magnum with PA plates. Please print out your receipt and bring that to help us track everything. We'll definitely have stuff at the party too. Here's what we have
- Shirts (smalls are sold out). To keep it easy for making change, shirts will be $20 at the event, still cheaper than shipping.
- Small stickers: $3
- Large stickers: $8
- Single buttons: $1
- Pre-pack: 1 shirt, 1 large white sticker, 1 small white sticker, 6 buttons: $30 (save $5)
- Event silkscreened poster: $30
- iPhone cases: $30
If you are posting things about the event:
- Please add #mollyfund to Twitter updates. If you're not following @mollyfund yet, please do.
- I'm hoping to get lots of peoples photos after the event, hopefully by building upload ability into the site. In the meantime if you post anything to Flickr, please add the tag "mollyfund." We'll probably start a Flickr group for photos too, but haven't gotten to that yet.
If you own an EZ Up tent:
Please bring it. We don't know what weather will be like and the party is at Rings Terrace no matter what, so it would really help out to have those.
Aug 21, 2009
I just got out of the water and there is definitely a little wave beginning to build. Get ready…..
Tomorrow’s swell forecast looks to be a solid 5+ feet at 16 second intervals, so it’s safe to assume that we’ll conduct Molly’s paddle in the little cove, in front of the Fish Shacks, at the north end of the Wall towards the bath house and Cinnamon Rainbows. There will be calm waters in the cove and it’s going to be tame enough for even Molly’s little surf pals to paddle out with us for the ceremony. If plans change, I will post an update tonight.
A FEW CHANGES…….
We are going to have the Molly Bash at Rings Terrace, rain or shine, so the Marston School back-up plan is no longer an option.
Also…you will be able to park on the side of Winnicunnet Rd., which enables you to park a little closer to the street for an easy walk, and the parking lot at Seacoast United is an option for overflow parking so please use that lot if the street is packed. Please feel free to ride your bikes if you live here in town. There will also be porto-toilets! Yea! We are waiting for them to be delivered today….
Everything is falling into place – thank you to everyone who has put so much effort into helping us coordinate Molly’s day – and we’re so stoked for tomorrow!