It’s been a while since my last post. So much has happened! I went back to Michigan for our Annual Paintball Benefit, my bro came back with me to SD so I got to do some touristy stuff in San Diego, and my fall traveling schedule is finally starting to solidify.
This was the 6th year we’ve had the TUMORS SUCK Paintball Benefit and it is still continuing to grow. This year there were more kids and survivors. Check out the pictures! The “tween” survivor population is starting to come out for the event! We also had a volunteer cameraman from my old high school in Ann Arbor who recorded interviews for us. I was very happy to see more high school athletes from my old high school at the event this year. Hopefully more will come next year to support this event. We also had more survivors and staff attend from the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Unit. It was cool to see the “gruff” paintballers giving back, teaching kids how to play, and ultimately playing with the survivors. These diseases affect everyone so it is great to see people team up to help each other. The Tumors Suck Paintball Benefit has become a fun event for die hard paintball players to share the fun in paintball with kids and tumor/cancer survivors who want to do something different and enjoy themselves. Each survivor was assigned a “body guard” who’s job is to protect them while completing each game scenario’s mission. It makes it fun for both parties and builds a bond between the survivor and the “body guard!. It is truly unique event that brings people together for a unique and fun time! At lunch, there is always a big raffle where paintball gear and gift certificates are given away! There is always so much given away! The smiles on everyone’s dirty faces at the end of the day only builds the excitement for the next TUMORS SUCK Paintball Benefit. We have plans to expand next year.
After the Paintball Benefit, my brother came back with me to San Diego. Too funny because our collective maturity level drops whenever we are together. We have always been very competitive. Coaches use to pit us against each other all the time to get the best out of both of us! I have a Connect Four set in my place. My brother found it, so naturally I was challenged. We ended up playing a best of 7 series everyday. All I can say is that “Big Brother” officially won in a 4 day sweep. I swear that our collective maturity level drops to junior high level when left alone. Smack talk, put-downs, and bodily noises fill the air whenever we get together. I’ll admit that he has the advantage in the face-slapping department due to my ataxia but my advantage is that I wake up early. Payback will be harsh… We did do some cool stuff tho while he was here. We found a really good empanada place in Pacific Beach! I hadn’t been to Pacific Beach (a college town/beach neighborhood) in a while. So much empanada variety at Papa Luna’s! Will definitely have to go back and try the other ones. I didn’t even know dessert empanadas existed! “Fat Eric” approves. We also went to the USS Midway museum. We grew up watching Top Gun on the VCR during summer breaks, so we were both pretty excited to check it out! The last time we went to a museum this happened. I’m a geek, but put me in a museum and I turn into a HUGE dork who has to know everything! HAHAHA! Starting to confirm my travel schedule for the fall! Looks like I’ll be in Austin, San Francisco, and Michigan for sure. Should have confirmation on a couple international trips soon! Pretty exciting stuff in the works! Can’t wait to announce it! Stay tuned!