Mahalo to all for all of your generosity.
Sending love and wishes for many blessings for all who have been at our side through this journey. I could not have done it without all of you. A very special thanks to the Jarvi Lab and Dr. Susan Jarvi, you all have continually been the most amazing supporters of this journey and I am forever grateful to each and every one of you, words cannot truly express the love I have for all of you. And to all of my friends and those who Iʻve never yet met but have been such ardent supporters, mahalo nui loa, you have all of my love. May all of you all be blessed beyond measure, and I am wishing you all the most glorious and holy Christmas Eve.+ Read More
On this Eve of Christmas I am thinking of all who have supported us in this journey. There are so many of you, including all of my teammates at the Jarvi l, and Dr. Susan Jarvi herself. You have have been at my side through this entire journey and because of all of your support we have made much progress, Ten years ago, almost to the day, my world and my sonʻs world changed. Itʻs been a long, long journey, but because of all of you the tragedies became miracles and the unimaginable has been made possible. I cannot begin to express how deeply grateful I am to all of you. Graham and I send our love and wishes for blessings beyond measure to all of you and a beautiful Christmas Eve.
Thank you all for your support during this time of transition. While I am still continuing to finish the work on rat lungworm education in Hawaii, I am looking for new horizons for work back on the mainland. Due to my son's illness, taking on student loans to fund the research and education outreach, and conducting the education work with tiny budgets that have been funded by myself and some of you, I'm hardly financially solvent and need to take some drastic steps to improve the situation. I've worked all my life and never had debt until rat lungworm disease struck. I feel satisfied with the work I've done, and now really ready to move on, be able to spend more time with my other children, and regain some of my life I put on the back burner because of the work I've done for the past 10 years. I so appreciate all of your support and wish you blessings beyond measure.
Yesterday I gave a two and a half hour talk to about 50 people from a number of different agencies on rat lungworm. The talk was sponsored by the Southern California Urban Wildlife Center and the Orange County Vector Control. The talk was well received and I believe will lead to some surveys here, in an effort to prevent this from getting to California. With rat lungworm in the news again from the passing of Sam Ballard who was infected in Australia, and the recent cases reported in Hawaii, I know our work is timely and could be shared nationally and internationally. I thank you all for your amazing support. I hope to diversify my employment somewhat, but I will continue to support this work, and I thank you all for your generosity as I move into a new role.
In the past three weeks we have lost two, beautiful souls who battled the consequences of this disease for 9 and 10 years. I dedicate my work to all who have suffered from rat lungworm disease. I am grateful to the international and national community that I am connected with who are working to find better treatment and control.