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   Yesterday, it was exactly 8 years, (2922 days) that Heaven received a very special Angel. This specific Angel was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She was also my best friend. I have no doubt she is one of Heavenly Father’s best angels as well.

   There have been many adjustments and special moments to my life since my Angel Shannon left for her next chapter. I would like to tell you about some of the moments that have meant the most to me.

1. The Alaskan Cruise
It was Shannon’s request that instead of spending the money on a funeral for her, I was to take the family on an Alaskan Cruise. We were fortunate enough to go on one through John Deere, and it was one our most memorable experiences. She insisted I use the money I would have spent on a funeral to make some special memories with our family. She was always so unselfish and compassionate that way. I made sure to book the same cruise and the same ship we went on. And while there were times it brought back some memories that made me miss her, it also allowed us to make some very special new memories.

2. Stories of an Angel
These weekly stories started in January 2012. I originally created a website on Caring Bridge to keep Shannon’s memory alive about a week after she passed away. After a few months, I wanted to let people know a little more about Shannon and our life together. I started posting these stories on the website. This also caused, for better or worse, me to finally sign up on Facebook. When I decided to write my book, it was easy because I already had most of the stories written. The hard part was writing about my second worst day (When we found out about her cancer) and my worst day (When she left for her next chapter)

3. The Foundation
When I decided to start my business for consulting and training, I always planned to do something to honor Shannon. My original plan was to set up a Shannon Wilker Scholarship fund for Agriculture students. After a few struggling years with my business, I decided to establish the Shannon Wilker Foundation instead. My goal was to keep her memory alive, but I also wanted to make sure I knew where the money went. That’s when I decided it would go directly to local cancer patients. This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have met many selfless and generous people. I have also met some courageous and inspirational patients that have taught me true courage and strength.

   These are just a few of the many incredible moments I have had the opportunity to experience. I think the main lesson I learned was the importance of moving forward and enjoying the people I have in my life now. With that in mind, starting with this story, I am changing my sign off statement. I appreciate all your continued encouragement and support. Thanks for reading.

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Posted by on July 20, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

Yesterday, it was exactly 8 years, (2922 days) that Heaven received a very special Angel. This specific Angel was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She was also my best friend. I have no doubt she is one of Heavenly Father’s best angels as well. There have been many adjustments and special moments to my life since my Angel Shannon left for her next chapter. I would like to tell you about some of the moments that have meant the most to me. 1. The Alaskan Cruise It was Shannon’s request that instead of spending the...

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Fourth of July 2019

Posted by on July 13, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   I would like to start by saying how thankful I am for the country we live in and for all the freedom and opportunities we have. There are times I have taken them for granted, but this holiday always helps me remember how lucky I am. I am grateful for the brave men and women in the armed forces for their service and sacrifice.    This year I was given an amazing opportunity. It all started about a month ago when I received a text from Rick at Teton Cancer. He said they were helping a gentleman who was putting a float in the parade for...

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Disneyland Highlights

Posted by on July 6, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

To begin this story the right way, I want to acknowledge and thank Kristi’s mom Dixie Richardson for getting us some extremely nice accommodations to stay in while we were on vacation. It was a very nice resort in Helendale, and it was great. Dixie, we want you to know how much we appreciate your wonderful generosity.    We checked into the resort on Thursday night, and talked about the different parts of Disneyland we wanted to make sure we checked out. One of the areas that wasn’t there when we went before was Star Wars. Ryan and Justin...

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The Denver Trip

Posted by on June 22, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   This week I traveled to Denver for a meeting with the Far West Equipment Dealers Association. Normally when I have to fly, I use the Salt Lake Express shuttle. If I’m going to be gone for more than two days, it’s cheaper than driving down and paying for parking. It also means I don’t have to endure the Utah drivers. Since this was only going to be a one day meeting, I decided to drive. This would also allow me to stop and see my Mom on the way back as well. The fact that I am willing to sacrifice my safety in Utah traffic so I can see my...

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Crusade Against Cancer 2019 (Part Two)

Posted by on June 15, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   I would first like to thank all the amazing volunteers that came down and helped with the event. I am blessed to know so many wonderful people that wanted to be part of the event and worked hard to help make it a success. There were so many wonderful moments it was hard to decide which ones to write about. I will pick a couple that were very special to me. It was great to see all the families that showed up dressed in costumes. I have always said that life is about making special memories and it was rewarding to see them make some great...

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Crusade Against Cancer 2019 Part One

Posted by on June 8, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   Well, it was a hard-fought battle yesterday at Snake River Landing with the second annual Crusade Against Cancer. I need to thank all the Superhero’s that came down and brought their special superpowers with them to help us in the battle.    Last year when I was putting the concept of this together, I decided I wanted it to be an annual event. I chose to go with the first weekend in June after school was out for the summer. After all, it’s before everyone has summer vacations planned and the weather should be just about perfect. And last...

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Cassidy’s Graduation

Posted by on June 1, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

Well, it’s official. Our little girl is a High School graduate. Where did the time go? It seemed like only yesterday she was riding in her car seat playing pattycake with Shannon. I admit I knew this day was coming. I just didn’t think it would get here this fast.    The graduation event started at Kerry’s house for pictures. It was fun to watch her get pictures with all the different family members. Cassidy looked so beautiful in her graduation cap and gown. It was so pleasing to see her with just a few of the many people who are proud of...

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Happy Memorial Day 2019

Posted by on May 25, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

I hope all of you are enjoying a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I want to give my respect and my deepest heartfelt thanks to all the brave men and women in our armed forces that have paid the ultimate price for keeping us safe and free.    I will start by telling everyone that is paying their respects to their loved ones that have left to start their next chapter I am so sorry for your loss. I have no other words that will make that pain go away. I can only say I am positive they are with us every day watching over us and guiding...

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Make-A-Wish 2

Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

It all started when I received a phone call last week from Julie at the Make-A-Wish organization. She told me she was going to have an event on Monday and wanted to know if I was available to drive the limousine. I told her I would be happy to, and I would gladly donate my time. She explained it was for a young man that wanted to have a professional photographer do a photo shoot.    Julie arranged the schedule and told me she wanted me to show up a few minutes after she arrived at the house. “I want this to be a surprise, so I’m going to ask...

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Fundraising Plans

Posted by on May 11, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   We are getting closer to the second annual Crusade Against Cancer event. It will held be at Snake River Landing on June 8. I’m excited for this event, and hope to have an even bigger turnout this year.    The first step to making this a successful event is getting sponsors. Now, I must point out this isn’t one of my favorite jobs. I’m always apprehensive to go in and asked anyone to be a sponsor. It’s uncomfortable when I get the look that says, “What kind of scam is this?” I know this shouldn’t bother me as much as it does. But it has...

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