The parties are great and all, but the fundraising effort really needs to start now.
Agreed on this point. He has been driving back and forth to Eisenhower hospital 3 and 4 times a week this last few weeks.
I tried to coax him into allowing a fundraiser to be made when I first learned about this recent round of chemo, but he was too...something! I also wasn't the right person to manage it, and was hoping for someone better equipped to get it rolling. I think the Friends of JT link is a smart move, to help with transparency, and we all know that Clark has surely been a friend TO Joshua Tree for many years!
Went climbing with him on Monday, while he still had stitches in his chest for the port insertion. He said the doc had told him to limit strenuous exercise, but true to his nature, Clark felt that leading Double Cross and Sexy Grandma ought not be all that strenuous for him.
He led both cleanly,quickly and in such style you'd have thought he'd been on those routes a hundred times already...oh,wait...he has- hahah. Nonetheless, who amongst us would have the tenacity and good spirits to take that attitude and actions in the same circumstances? Clark has the best attitude possible, and that is inspiring.
Anything will help. I have the info sent off to the board of directors of FOJT to post on their website. As soon as that goes live, I will post a thread to support the effort here and on other websites.
FOJT is an established group so there should be no problems with people getting up in arms over where the money is actually going. It goes to Clark.
I spoke with Clark yesterday while he was hanging out on the job site about all of this and he is fine and very appreciative of the effort. A friend of mine has already donated $150. Another friend of his came by with food, blankets, sheets, and a extra sleeping bag for his new digs.
What ever amount people choose to donate is great.
We all have a lot to learn from this guy. He shows us happiness and grace in the face of real challenges. Barbara and I were out visiting with him a few days ago, and like Happie says, he has a totally positive attitude.
About two weeks ago a fellow at the pit named Max and Clark and I went up and did Sail Away and some of those face climbs near there on Wailing Wall. It was a great day.