The following update was written by Chris Prestano, Captain of the Wings of Hope Team…

We are very pleased to announce that only after ONE week, Wings of Hope is Number 1 out of 71 teams for the most money raised for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Johns Hopkins University on April 16, 2010. And we couldn’t have done it without you! We would like to give special thanks to the following people:

• Supporters Robert Bruce, Robert Hansen, Shawn Jirik, Kim Spisler, Kim Eisenberg, and Lisa Redmond

• Thyroid Cancer Survivor Carol DiFelice

• Thysister Robyn Davis Hahn

• Thyrella Lori A. Callahan

• Thyroid Cancer Family Member Jeane Kidwell

In our first week, we have grown our relay team to four members: • Co-Captain Chris Prestano • Co-Captain Jennifer Bridge • Thyroid Cancer Survivor Angel McMellin • Supporter Jen Engesser

A very special thanks goes out to Dear Thyroid for joining our cause. The three thyroid cancer survivors on our team will be proudly wearing Dear Thyroid t-shirts stating that we are “Kicking Thyroid Cancer’s Ass” during the relay. In addition to donating our attire, Dear Thyroid has been a tremendous help by promoting our cause on their website: Thank you, ladies! Your support has been tremendous momentum for us.

We would also like to thank ThyCa (Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.), a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the support, education and communication for thyroid cancer survivors, families and friends. They have donated brochures and other information for us to distribute at the event.

While I was on my latest medical trip to Baltimore, Co-Captain Jennifer Bridge has been a very busy lady. In addition to recruiting team members, getting donations and keeping up with her thyroid cancer survivor’s blog (; she has been working on our team website (, our team facebook page (, and attended her first team captains meeting. This lady seriously rocks!

 This is a really kick ass start in our fight against cancer! Our second week is all ready off to a great start with new team members joining and fundraising plans in the works.

On another note, please keep the following people in your thoughts and prayers this week: Team member Angel McMellin. She is currently prepping for radioactive iodine treatment and living with the joys of the Low Iodine Diet (LID) and being hypothyroid. We pray for to find continued strength and energy in the days ahead. Victoria. An older lady I met this weekend who has a 3 cm tumor on her thyroid. Even though her fine needle aspiration (FNA) came back clean, she will be having a partial thyroidectomy on January 26 – just four days after the birth of her first grandchild.

This is why we fight back. These are the reasons that we relay!

Until next week…

Wings of Hope