As many of you know, in May of 2011, Allen was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Stage IV brain cancer called a Glioblastoma. Since his diagnosis, Allen has endured numerous obstacles, so many that I probably could not list them all, even if I tried. What I have witnessed beside him in his journey is his relentless courage and that he refuses to allow this "cancer" to defeat him or his family. Allen has taught me that difficulties in life just maybe are meant to awaken us, not discourage us. As a very close friend of Allen's, I'm always asking myself how do I give back? How do my actions show I am supporting him and his family 100% of the time no matter what? Then, I came across this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson that is simple but summed it up. " The only way to have a friend, is to be one." Because I want my actions to reflect this quote, I am reminded often of my responsibility as Allen's friend to honor our friendship and give back to him and my community whenever possible. That is why I am hoping that all of you will join me in my plight to raise money for Allen and his family. Between medical costs, insurance costs and day to day living, they are certainly having a hard time meeting their financial responsibilities. So I decided to throw together a "DINNER WITH THE PARKES' FUNDRAISER." Please see all the information listed below. This event is really an opportunity for all of us to celebrate Allen's progress, his spirit and his commitment in fighting this disease. If you are unable to make this event, we will certainly miss you, however feel free to donate as much or as little as you can. My personal goal is to raise as much money as possible for this family. Use this link to spread the word, via Facebook, Twitter or any other social media outlet. It is a great way to fund-raise and also reach individuals globally about Glioblastoma and Allen's story. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Debbie @ [phone redacted] or email me at [email redacted]. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my page and join Allen's journey! We look forward to seeing you there, eating excellent food with great friends, listening to some great music, all for a great cause!
If you would like to continue to follow Allen's progress, please visit his CaringBridge website at www.caringbridge.org/visit/parkesplace
, where you can also leave messages of support for him.
DINNER WITH THE PARKES'
MONDAY, MAY 6TH, 2013
BISTRO SIXTY (FORMERLY KNOWN AS "SAN DIEGO DESSERTS")
5987 EL CAJON BLVD
SAN DIEGO, CA 92115
[phone redacted] (BISTRO SIXTY'S PHONE NUMBER)
* IT IS VERY IMPORTANT IF ATTENDING DINNER PLEASE NOTE CHOICE OF MAIN COURSE & STARTER IN COMMENT SECTION ON THE DONATION PAGE. THIS IS LOCATED ON THE SECTION WHERE YOU CLICK DONATE *
PRICE $100.00 PER PERSON
(PRICE INCLUDES ONE FREE GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE AND ONE ITEM FROM EACH CATEGORY)
Tomato & Fennel Soup
Seared Ahi Nicoise
Greens, Blueberries, Candied walnuts & Lemon vinaigrette
Lemon Airline Chicken Breast with Oregano, Garlic & Rice
Scallops & Linguini Roasted Red Pepper Buerre Blanc
Bone in Pork Chop w/ Veal Demi Glaze & Smashed Sweet Potatoes
(VEGGIE OPTION UPON REQUEST)
Dessert choices will be available in restaurant dessert case
PS: Don't forget to note your choice of Main Course & Starter for dinner in comment section on the donation page..... I want to ensure your accommodated for! I look forward to seeing all of you there!