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This is my first story since the “Happy Birthday Jayci” story I posted on October 29th. The reason I have not posted a story is that I had complete knee replacement surgery on my right knee on Nov. 3rd. For this week’s story I would like to catch you up on some of the things that have happened since my last story.

First I would like to thank all of the amazing people in our community that held fundraisers in the month of October for the Foundation. The number of people, groups, and businesses that hold these fundraisers seem to increase immensely every year. As the number of these groups grow, so has the dollar amount of donations to the Foundation. To me, this just confirms to me what a compassionate, and generous community we live in. We will use this money in our Thanksgiving Dinner and Adopt-A-Family for Christmas programs. We are going to work with some of the companies that donated and let them do the Christmas shopping for some families. I enjoy letting people who raised the money be the ones to experience the gratitude of the families and the reward of experiencing the difference they made in their lives. It is definitely a reward that money cannot purchase.

Now, let’s get to the knee replacement surgery. After several years of rodeo and basketball, my knees have finally reached the point where they need to be replaced. The right knee was by far the worst, so I decided I would have it done first. Now I have talked to several people that have gone through knee replacement surgery, and heard some very positive stories, and some that made me a little concerned about the results. The one consistent advice I got from everyone is to make sure to do physical therapy consistently. I was told the first two weeks would be the hardest, but it would start to get better after that. I had my follow up on Wednesday, and everything looked great. I started out-patient physical therapy on Friday and feel pretty good about the complete recovery.

I want to let you know that while the two first weeks were difficult, they would have been a lot worse if I did not have the amazing wife I have taking care of me. Kristi is always making sure I have everything I need. She goes out of her way to make me comfortable and relaxed. She always does everything she can for me and  I am so very blessed to have her in my life.

I want to thank everyone that called to check on me and came over to the house to see if they could help with anything. I am fortunate to have so many great friends, and thanks for reading.

Next week: Happy Thanksgiving

P.S. To the guys at basketball: One step closer to coming back. You have been warned.

Status Update

Posted by on November 19, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

Status Update This is my first story since the “Happy Birthday Jayci” story I posted on October 29th. The reason I have not posted a story is that I had complete knee replacement surgery on my right knee on Nov. 3rd. For this week’s story I would like to catch you up on some of the things that have happened since my last story. First I would like to thank all of the amazing people in our community that held fundraisers in the month of October for the Foundation. The number of people, groups, and businesses that hold these fundraisers seem to...

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Happy Birthday Jayci

Posted by on October 29, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

Happy Birthday Jayci Thursday was our sweet little Jayci’s 6th birthday. It’s hard to believe she is six years old already. It’s incredible how fast time flies. This week’s story is about the birthday fun we had last weekend with Jayci and her friends. It all started with Brittney coordinating a completely fun filled day. The day started with all of the girls going to Austin Kade to get their hair and nails done. The next step was probably the most important of all. Brittney had arranged to surprise the girls by getting picked up from Austin...

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FIRA-USA Event

Posted by on October 22, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

FIRA-USA Event Before I tell you about the exciting event I was able to take part in this week, I want to send a very special thank you to Amanda Wade, and the Hillcrest Student Council for arranging a breast cancer awareness night for the Shannon Wilker Foundation at the Hillcrest High School football game Friday night. We were able to present a check to Larry Belnap and his family in memory of his wife Terry who passed away from breast cancer on October 11th. The student council also went around the bleachers collecting money from the...

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More Fundraisers

Posted by on October 16, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

More Fundraisers Yesterday was a very good day for the Foundation. It began with the Snake River BMX organization holding a special breast cancer awareness day for the Foundation. They have been doing this for the last few years now, and it gets bigger every year. This year, it was at their new location out by Sandy Downs. They let me set up a booth right by the registration office. I had everything set up ready to go, and they asked me if I would say a few words to the crowd. I always enjoy a chance to tell people about the Foundation, and...

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The Blessings of Community

Posted by on October 8, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

The Blessings of Community Before I begin to talk about our amazing community, I want to thank Berna Deanne’s family, and her community for the sweet, and beautiful tribute to her on Wednesday. It was so very heartwarming. I especially want to thank her daughter Melanie for the life sketch. She did an amazing job and it brought so many smiles and thoughts of love to everyone. It filled my heart with the blessings only family bonds can give you. I want to thank my family for the love, compassion, and strength they have given me in my life. To...

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A Very Special Lady

Posted by on October 1, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

A Very Special Lady The reason I did not post a story last weekend was due to my Mother-In-Law Berna Deanne getting Covid earlier in the week, and then she came down with a case of pneumonia. This caused her to get admitted to Portneuf Regional Medical Center in Pocatello. I drove down to see her on Thursday, and she said she was feeling a little better. She told me she just wanted to go home and be with her cats. When I called her on Friday, she told me the doctor had released her to go home, but the nurses in Rehab wanted to send her to...

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A Very Special Limo Ride

Posted by on September 18, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

A Very Special Limo Ride This week’s story is a follow-up to the story I posted three weeks ago titled “An Inspirational Young Man.” It was about a seventeen your old young man that was diagnosed with terminal cancer. When Kristi and I took the first check over to his grandmother, she told us that one of the events the young man really wanted to attend was prom. I told the grandmother I wanted to take him to prom in a limousine. When the grandmother asked me if I was sure, I explained the owners of the limo company love to do things like that...

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Eastern Idaho State Fair 2022

Posted by on September 11, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

Eastern Idaho State Fair 2022 Well, the Fair has come and gone for another year, and it had another great turnout. Kristi and I decided we would go down early on Monday, before the crowd got too big and it got too hot. I usually park across from the stockyards because it’s still pretty close and it’s free. We arrived a little after 10:00 and the parking across from the stockyards was already full. We drove past every place that was free and there wasn’t any place that wasn’t already full. I knew we were going to do a lot of walking, and I...

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Happy Labor Day 2022

Posted by on September 3, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

Happy Labor Day 2022 For this week’s story, I just wanted to do a short little story about how Labor Day started and it’s importance in our lives. Labor Day is an annual celebration of the economic achievements of American workers. The holiday started in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in...

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An Inspirational Young Man

Posted by on August 27, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

An Inspirational Young Man This week Kristi learned that one of her friends found out their 17 year-old Grandson has a rare form of terminal cancer, and the doctors told them his life expectancy would be less than one year. They were given the options of aggressive treatment that might extend the young man’s life by a few months, or they could go a little less invasive and give him a better quality of life. The Grandma called Kristi and told her she had heard about the Foundation. She asked if the Foundation would be able to put her in touch...

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