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June 05, 2005

What a Great Apple Tree!

Friday evening was the inaugural Gabby Krause Foundation "Bring Out The Bags" event. It was amazing! Held at the Park Meadows mall in the old Lord and Taylors space, the night was filled with great food provided my Maggianos, an open bar (which got the silent and live auctions off to a great start) and, of course, memories that will last a long time. The efforts that go into pulling something like this off, for the first time, without a hitch, are heroic. Everything was first class. There were about 950 people at the event, kids, parents, news reporters, sports figures - you name it, they were there. Huge kudos to all of the hard working volunteers/committee members that have been dedicated so long to have Gabby wish become a reality.

The first year goal of the organization has been to raise enough money to fill approximately 275 "bags of fun" which cost somewhere around $300 each. These "bags" are filled with toys and games for kids that are going through cancer treatments. Each year in Colorado alone, there are about 275 new case of pediatric cancer - this is such a great cause.

9 news carried a story, with a video of the event, you can watch it here. Tammy Krause (Gabbys mother) has also started a blog to capture the stories that surround the foundation.

We've been friends with the Krause's of a number of years now. I remember vividly the first that I heard that Gabby might have brain cancer. That was around her 5th birthday, in the spring of 2003. She died last fall. When Gabby was going through her treatments, all she wanted to do was make sure other kids going through treatments like her, had smiles on their faces - she wanted to give them toys and games. Although we talk about "Gabbys wish" to give bags of fun to other kids, her spirit, her way of being is because of her parents - Tammy & Tom. My mother always said that "kids/apples don't fall too far from the apple tree". Yea, Gabby was one amazing child, it's not very hard to see why.

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