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  • God Bless all my angels seen and unseen!

    Today is the anniversary of Anthony's passing. It has been three years and I can't believe so much time has passed and we have come such a long way. My heart heals more and more everyday and I know I will go on. We can and will all make a difference in the memory of my son and all those angels that have gone before us.

    Through the Anthony Bates Foundation, www.AnthonyBates.org, and with the support and guideance of the HCMA, we have done over 1,000 free echocardiograms in 5 different events, in two states, Kansas and Arizona. Realizing that I couldn't screen the entire US alone, I have decided to expand my approach into training and support. On August 7th, a heart screening event will take place at AI Dupont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE, in memory of Matthew Krug. Matt's dad, Stewart ([email protected]), came to Arizona in April to get some training from me to help in put together an event in DE. Talks and planning are underway for future screening events in Dallas, TX and Jacksonville, FL. Watch the message board and our web-site for more info as these events come to fruition.

    Without my angels here on earth and the ones watching over me in heaven, this would be a more difficult journey. My strength is gained from the smiles and hugs I receive as we work hard to bring awareness to a real problem...cardiac disease in our young children and athletes. I truly know that we are all making a difference in the world we live in. Thank you to everyone on the message board, Lisa Salberg for her tireless efforts, and to all my new friends through HCMA.

    We are in full production of our HCM awareness video on sudden cardiac death on the playing fields. The video will be about 7-10 minutes long. We shot video from our heart screening event last May at Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix. We did interviews of Dr. Barry Maron, Lisa Salberg, and Stewart Krug at the June HCMA Meeting. Plus, we have captured interviews from Coach Bill Snyder, Kansas State University Football, sports figures on several NFL teams and a few MLB teams, too. Of course, I will be on the video, too. My part hasn't been taped yet, but that will be next week. Please pray for the right words to come to me and the best production ever!

    Watch for this in the fall. We should have everything done and distribution started by the beginning of September. Our target audience are high school sports and parent groups across the country. Plus, I would like to be on the Oprah show, the John Walsh show, and Larry King Live, too. We have some KS & AZ radio interviews set up for the fall and more media blitzing scheduled when the video is ready. We hope to have a short version video-stream on the web-site, too!

    God Bless all my angels seen and unseen!
    Sharon
    Anthony's mom
    www.AnthonyBates.org

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    Re: God Bless all my angels seen and unseen!

    Sharon,
    I was thinking of those lemons... you remember the ones Anthony mailed you and they ended up costing about $2.00 per lemon
    You.. my dear, have made lemonaide.
    Everytime I see a penny I check the date...do you know how many 1991 pennies I find??? Anthony is with us all.

    I wish you peace and good memories today. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Be well, be strong...and be Anthonys mom.

    Your friend,
    Lisa
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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