The Holiday Inn Express story

   This week’s story is about an amazing incident that came from the KIDK 3 news story about the Crusade Against Cancer. It was just one of the many great things that happened from that news story.

   I wrote in an earlier story how the news interview took place at the Idaho State Police station. As Marjorie and officer Higley led me into the room we were meeting in, I made the comment, “Wow, this is the first time I’ve been in this room without the handcuffs on.” Marjorie smiled, but I got a look from officer Higley that said “Yeah, I can see that!” I wanted to say, “Some of the guys I foul at basketball evidently can’t handle it,” but I decided to quit before I got any further behind.

   Todd Kunz asked me what the most important thing I wanted the people watching to know about the Foundation. I told him the most important thing I want people to know is 100% of the funds go directly to local cancer patients. I wanted them to know we help with gas cards, medical expenses, and lodging. The next day, I got an email from the Foundation website. It was from a man in Tetonia telling me his wife was coming down for surgery in a couple of weeks. He wanted to know if the Foundation could help pay a portion of their hotel room. I sent him a reply telling him I could help and gave him my phone number to call.

   He called me a little later in the day and told me he had seen the story on the news. He explained they were coming down for surgery and needed to stay a couple of nights. “Is there any way your Foundation could help us offset a little bit of the cost?” he asked me. I told him I would make arrangements with the hotel to furnish both nights for free. There was a slight pause, and then he asked, “Are you sure?” I explained Holiday Inn Express has been great to work with and allowed the Foundation to purchase these rooms for needs just like this. He was very grateful and thanked me for helping them out.

   I must tell you these are the things that are incredibly rewarding for me. I can’t tell you how fulfilling it is to be able to help people out like this. I want to thank everyone who has donated to the Foundation for making times like this possible. I know my Angel Shannon is grateful to you as well. I will always LOVE AND MISS YOU sweetheart.

Next week: Ironman Coeur D’Alene

P.S. Yes Todd Brown, I still know have a face for radio.