Sunshine Letter: This is what ‘Truckee Love’ is all about
June 23, 2016
In November 2015 I was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer. I had my left Kidney removed in January and started a five month long chemo therapy treatment. I have been off work from my job at Tahoe Forest Hospital all year. It was a frightening thing to not only battle the cancer but also worry about the bills piling up.
This is where the "Love" comes in. Since my adventure began, I have had a never ending stream of friends asking what they can do for me. I am blessed to have so many great friends that care so much for me.
I have always been proud to be a part of our local "Musical Family" that has come to the aid of so many people over the years that were in need. Any time a friend is in need, we were there to help with our joyous music. This has expanded to not only the musical community but the whole community.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of you for the love you shared in my situation. Sheldon Felich and Tamara Anderson, Rick Oneill, Tim Hill and Norm and Darlene Reide organized a benefit show at Cottonwood on May 15th that just floored me. Musicians from all over were there to share in what felt more like a celebration than anything. All the wonderful friends and family that showed up to support me was amazing.
My longtime friends Jay Smith and The Crew MC made me the recipient of their annual Poker Run on June 4th with a show that followed at El Toro Bravo where my bandmates from Jo Mama and I jammed hard. My good friend Bob Jordan came onstage to exchange musical madness with me and the magic flowed. The Second Floor Blues Band was the host group and tore it up!
The Truckee Downtown Merchants and Stefanie Olivieri presented me with a more than generous donation. This was a wonderful thing and I truly thank them all from the bottom of my heart.
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My brother Rick Oneill set up a GoFundMe page on the internet that exploded with donations. It was an awesome thing for him to do. I also want to thank George Sauerbier who has always been there and is a true friend. My amigos Jose Chavez and Ernesto Garcia who came to my aid immediately and have not stopped.
I want to say Thank You to everyone for your love and help over these trying months. I am blessed to know every one of you. You are truly the definition of "Truckee Love."