lads in MontanaAs many of you know I lost my dad to cancer this Christmas. He passed at 9:30 in the morning on December 24th, giving my whole family the gift of a Christmas together for the first time in about 20 years.

I was lucky in that I got to see a lot of my dad in his last year and I had a full day and night with him before he passed. We brought him home to be buried in Touraneena, County Waterford. We had a wonderful celebration of his life for a few days.

I was also lucky throughout my life to have a ton of great times with my dad. We slept in 35 different states together and we traveled almost every corner, nook, and cranny of the U.S. together. Laughing our way up and down mountains, feeling our way in and out of cities, and meeting our way through so many wonderful people.

I am who I am because of all I learned from my dad, all I saw him do, and I aspire to someday reach the levels of compassion and presence in the moment that he achieved.

It is also with no doubt that I know he is still here with me and that some day in the blink of an eye we will be together again, roving a new world with the same old wonder.

I signed up for St. Baldrick’s two years ago while my dad was initially going through his cancer. What a wonderful event it was, held at Annie Bailey’s, with so many people united for one cause. So much genuine love all over Annie Bailey’s. Although it didn’t help my dad, it helped me; it allowed me to feel like I was maybe contributing a little bit, that maybe I was helping find a cure, that maybe I was making somebody’s fight a little bit easier.

Joes Hat shopLast year life got in the way, as it sometimes does, and I was not a part of St. Baldrick’s, but this year I am extremely excited to be back shaving my head and my beard with a great group of guys: Joe Weitzel, Brandon Roda, Kevin O’ Mahony, Zack Krause, Bill Appelgate, Donal Lally, and Drew Applegate.  We are the Lancaster Pub Crawlers.

We would love your support for this wonderful cause.  Head on over to our team page on the St. Baldrick’s site and choose any of us to donate.

We are also going to hold a fundraiser at Tellus360 on Sunday March 29th, when Joe Weitzel will lead the Sunday Session. And we’ve even done a special photo shoot for a calendar we’ll be selling to raise money, but you’ll have to wait for more details on that one!

Lastly come out to Annie Baileys on Saturday April 11th and cheer us all along as we go from hairy to hairless.  I don’t even remember what Kev looks like without a beard!