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News Items of interest about upcoming events

News Items of interest about upcoming events

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NEWS: December 9,2012 is Worldwide Candle Lighting.  Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from the Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lighting are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will not be forgotten.  Our Foundation is asking you to place a lighted candle outside your home at 7:00pm (your time zone) on Dec. 9, 2012.  Place your candle where it can be seen, keep your lighted candle in place for an hour, this way there will be a virtual wave of light around the world.
If you would like to contact the Foundation our email address is cowanrocks@aol.com or my phone number is 615-351-6466.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to clear up a few items.  I did not cancel the Craig Run, there was a ride that went from turnpike to irongap.  At the last minute there was a problem using the parking lot in front of the police station so we had to change the location.  We decided to have an unofficial ride this year because every year I have to go thru all types of hoops in order to have a run.  I have been threatened more times than I can count, I have taken those threats and still tried to have a decent ride.  A mountian in the Cowan area is almost impossible due to lease holders, private land owner and the railroad so I have to make sure that we are on a public road.  Turnpike is definitely not large enough for the Craig Run, I found out this year that Turnpike and Irongap is way too long for the run.  I know that most of the people on the Craig Run know why they are participating in this event, most of the participants behave themselves but there is always a few in every crowd that make matters worse.  The Ride is to honor my son.  I know that Craig would tell me to forget the ride if the stress and comments that are being made upset me to tears. 

 So I need to correct some misconceptions.

1. I did not sell tickets to the Craig Run then call it off nor did I charge money for the wonderful concert the public enjoyed.  I did expect people to donate money or purchase some of our products in leu of charging a fee.  This did not happen, we sold very few t shirts and other items.  So what I did with the money I made I am paying for the t shirts that were made. (I have not sold enough to pay for them yet).  So if you really believe in what the Craig Brock Foundation stands for and does then you need to come to the building and purchase some of our inventory.

2. I understand there were some people who complained about not being able to participate on the ride because they could not find it.  These people compained to the police department who had no part in the ride.  I was in the Foundation building all day, not one soul came in and ask me where the ride was or how to get there.  No one came and ask me anything, they just complained about not being able to ride.  These people should have come to the Foundation building to see me and voice their complaints.

3.  I did not and have never had a sign inside my building that said the Craig Run was cancelled for liability insurance.  Who ever said this has never been in my building.

4.  We do not need to forget what this weekend is all about, its not about the ride or the concert.  The weekend is to honor Craig Brock and the good his family is doing thru his memory.  We take care of a lot of cancer patients and these people have their right to privacy, I refuse to have an article in the newspaper or on the radio broadcasting who I am helping and why.  These cancer patients do not want this and neither did Craig.  There are many people who are relying on the foundation for help, with transportation, for support, to help make sense of what they are suppose to do, or just a visit or a phone call from someone who has already walked that road.  The foundation does all that and more.  These things cannot happen without the support of the community and other people who participate during the weekend.  We cannot afford as a foundation to put out all this effort and money and not raise enough money to pay for the articles we are selling.  This is what has happened this year.

5. I really appreciate Jay Clark, The Brock Family, The Greer Brothers, Peckerwood and Southern Proof for donating their time and energy with the concert.  The foundation does pay for the sound people so that the audience can enjoy the music.  A special thanks to Jay Clark, who did all the work in setting up the concert and to Joyce and William Brown who graciously gave of their  business.  I would also like to thank my children, Ed (my husband), Lori Smith, Debbie Skotte, Phoebe Cross and Harvey Stewart for their time and volunteering to help during the concert.  Thanks Labron for always showing up at the right time to lend a helping hand, could not run that sundrop booth with Labron and JP.  Also thanks to the many people who do remember Craig and try to help us in many ways.