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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Face-to-Face


When I started this blog, I had no idea how many new friends I would make in far away places. I certainly never imagined I'd ever meet any of them in person. Today, I had the opportunity to meet one such friend. Here I am with Kathie in the picture above. A loyal Winheld's World reader who hails from Ohio, she was in Philadelphia today with her family to visit all of the historic sites in town.

There was no way that I was going to miss the opportunity to meet one of my biggest fans. We decided to meet for cheesesteaks at Campo's in Olde City. (For those keeping track, that makes stop number two on my cheesesteak expedition.) Then we headed for the historic area, with a quick stop for that other Philly delicacy, the soft pretzel!

It seems that many of my readers have a personal connection to Duchenne muscular dystrophy. A number of years ago, Kathie lost a dear friend to DMD. But like so many others who have lost someone to this disease, Kathie has chosen to stay involved. In her case, she leads an MDA support group for adults with muscular dystrophy.

I can't think of a more qualified person to lead such a group. And if anyone reading this blog is looking for a qualified tour guide for your next visit to Philadelphia, give me a shout -- I'd be more than happy to eat an authentic Philly cheesesteak with you!

4 comments:

Kathie said...

Thank you, Josh! We had an amazing time in your city of brotherly love. We were able to see all the historical sites, the Philadelphia Mint, and the Franklin Institute complete with the special Star Wars Exhibit. The kids had such a great time we are already planning on a return trip to see the rest of the sites and Valley Forge. Philadelphia really is a wonderful city!

It was an honor to meet you, and share my first ever authentic Philadelphia Cheese Steak. It tasted great, but it could have just as easily been the company! Even the weather couldn’t have been more perfect…

Thank you again, Josh for sharing so much of yourself with the DMD community… and if you haven’t read his book yet get your copy you won’t be disappointed!

As for those of you in Northeastern Ohio I’d love to meet you at my support group. We meet on Thursday’s in Canton, contact your local MDA office for details…

Oh, and Josh, I think you should consider adding fresh flowers on a regular basis. A much more personal touch then any old sparkles! :)

Tammy Dunlap said...

Hello. I learned about your blog from a Yahoo DMD group I am in. My 10 year old son has DMD. People like you are such wonderful inspiration to these boys and to the parents. Glad to find your blog. I will be ordereing your book very soon.

Kathie said...

miss you, my friend...

Kathie said...

Miss you, Josh. I have been thinking about you a lot lately. I feel so lucky to have known you,and call you my friend, you helped me more then you will ever know. You will always hold a place in my heart.