Day 17 – Service Day at American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge

Good Morning!

Despite our 8 am wake-up, some people were off to a slow start after last night. 😉

We headed out to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge for a service day!  The Hope Lodge is dedicated to hosting in-need patients and families.  It’s similar to the Ronald McDonald House and the Knoxville Fellowship Center.  They have multiple floors of housing, with a kitchen and common room on the first level.  Some people organized t-shirts while many of us decorated luminary bags for Relay for Life – they’re basically gift bags for cancer patients given away at Relay events.  We hung out in the common area, where patients and families were gathered.  We were able to share our journey with them, as well as learn a little about their stories.

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We had lunch at Puckett’s – I got ribs, coleslaw, and a fried brownie sundae with bacon.  It was amazing, and I probably won’t be hungry for the next 24 hours.

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We explored the city some more, went to Outdoorworld, and had team meeting.  Lauren and I got selected to organize 4K Prom with Team Portland!  Our routes converge in Boulder, Colorado, so we’re going to throw a huge party!  The girls of each team have the task of asking the boys (of opposite team) to prom – it’ll probably be 2 girls to 1 boy.

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We’ve got a century tomorrow, a 90-miler on Thursday, and another century on Friday, so it’s time for a good night’s sleep!  Goodnight!

Michael

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