Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Special Thanks and A Execlusive Opportunity to Donate to the Blue Jackets Foundation on Wednesday!

Hey everyone its Ryan, i would like to put a quick post up for a few reasons. I would like to say Thank You to many people for the opportunity to go to the Columbus Blue Jackets game on the 12th. Second i would like to say that there is an excellent opportunity Wednesday the 19th to donate to my favorite foundation the Blue Jackets Foundation.

On the 12th, I got invited to the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. the Pheonix Cyotes by the Blue Jackets Foundation and the zebras care organization. the night that i had at the game was amazing. I got opportunity after opportunity throughout the night. First off i was given tickets through the Blue Jackets foundation that were donated by Doug and Lorie a very nice couple who have a love for the blue jackets like i have never seen. we got to sit in their seats that are front row of section 105. After i met up with Kate, Doug, and Lorie we went down under the stand to get to Meet the refs for the game. With the Zebra's care program in each city one child with a life threatining disease is picked to go down before the game and hang out with the on ice officials. So for columbus i was picked. A very neat experiance. After hanging out down in the refs lockerroom talking hockey and saying our good byes I got an experiance offered to me i never thought i would hear. I got to go meet Wayne Gretsky. This was histericle because i was fumbling for words the whole time Wayne was around me. So after talking to Wayne and snaping a few pictures with him it was time to make our way to our seats. The game was a exciting game and the veiw was amazing. i really enjoyed sitting with Doug, Lorie, Joe Friend, Holly, and my dad. it was a good time. As much that i had already done in the night i got another oppurtunuity to go down into the Blue Jackets lockerroom was by far the highlight of my night because i got to hang out with Manny Malhotra and Jason Chimera on a personal level and got to see all the lockerroom, fitness area, and the lounge. All the guys were awesome i really didnt wanted to bother them at all while they were streching out but i just cant say enough about the guys on the team and how they help the childhood cancer kids .

My special thanks goes out to Kate, Jason, and Manny for all you guys have done for me. I first met Manny and Jason at the hospital when they came to visit patients of J5. They both stood there and talked to me for about a half hour. Thanks again guys for taking the time and talking with me. It really has made me really feel pretty good recently.

Today Wednesday, November, 19th
Once a year The Columbus Foundation will match all online credit card donations to THE BLUE JACKETS FOUNDATION in the amount of 50 cents of every dollar up to $2,500 per individual. The Foundation is one of only 300 local non-profit organizations that are eligible for this exclusive opportunity.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION or TO DONATE! <http://www.columbusfoundation.org/give/matchday_2b.aspx>

sorry its so few and far between ill try and get on here more for you.


Anonymous said...

Ryan, its always good to read your comments!! Sounds like you had a great time at the hockey game!! Not a huge hockey fan here, but meeting the Great Gretzky sure would be awesome!! Keep plugging away!! Always thinking about my good friend! Take care. Mr. Odenweller

Anonymous said...

Hi Ryan! I work with your cousin, Brian Ward. Ever since he told me about you, I've kept you in my prayers every night. Today, I asked him how you were & he told me about your website & getting to meet "The Great One". I would've been fumbling for words too.... I'm a huge hockey fan (Carolina Hurricanes) & I'm so glad that you got star treatment at the game! I think hockey players are the kindest athletes & they all seem to honestly care about sick kids. Most of the Hurricanes have their own charities & they also do a lot for our local Children's in the Community charity. I've been lucky enough to meet many of the players over the last few years & they are all class acts! Mike Commodore used to play for us & he's a funny & friendly guy. Enjoy watching his "red 'fro" develope over the season. He typically shaves it off at the end of the season & the money goes to a children's cancer charity.

Well, I just wanted to let you know that I was glad to hear that you got to meet Wayne & enjoyed the game. Hockey is the greatest sport on this Earth. My thoughts & prayers are with you. Stay strong!

Cindy Snow
Raleigh, NC