About Lea's Foundation

In 1998, Lea Michele Economos, a young woman who died of leukemia at the age of 28, made a dying wish to her parents that others would not face the hardships she encountered by finding a cure for this disease. Her family started this charity to carry on that wish. Today, Lea’s Foundation takes an active role in finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma and to better the lives of people living with these diseases. At the UCONN Health Center, the Lea’s Foundation Center for Hematologic Disorders sponsors research in this field. A new program covers the cost of bone-marrow testing to help recruit life-saving transplants for patients. Also, annual scholarships are given to children with leukemia who are planning to attend nursery school. For more information on other projects carried out by Lea’s Foundation, please visit their website at www.LeasFoundation.org.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Day 33: Walmart vs. Harry Truman

Fredonia--> Lamar, MO

Lamar touts itself as the birthplace of Harry Truman and while I'm sure they get tourists interested in that historical connection, we found the Walmart to be a more compelling reason to appreciate Lamar. After a long day of riding in the heat, we bookended our evening with visits to that most American of stores. First, we got our ritual chocolate milk (supposedly it's a good recovery drink--regardless, it's delicious) along with fruit. We scooted to the nearby Blue Top Inn, which gave us a discounted rate on a room (and they had a pool, which is always really nice). The motel was interesting because several doors bore titles on them. I suppose folks (maybe truckers) visited so frequently that they earned this distinct honor. I wish there was a reward or honor for staying in motels the most consecutive nights so we could prove our Road Warrior status, but we clean up pretty nice so it's hard to tell. Looking more ragged should be our new team goal.

The second trip to Walmart revolved around assembling another epic salad. I defer to Melina's and Sean's proficiency in that arena, so it generally gives me a good time to wander around grocery stores looking at shiny objects. They're kind enough to let me eat the salad later in the evening, too.

Foodies at Walmart; Jumbo Shrimp,

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