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What a great day it was! You said it Barb!

The Powell River contingent had an awesome turn out for Great Strides. We had great door prizes, great weather, and a great walk. It was a sight to see. Nothing grabs the attention of those out for a Sunday drive or stroll than a giant posse of people tromping by on a mission. Especially when one of them looks like this:

A huge thanks to our sponsors:

  • Lund water taxi
  • Malaspina Massage
  • River City Coffee
  • Minato sushi
  • KLK jewelry
  • T-Fit bootcamp
  • Pollen & Co.
  • Canadian Martial Arts Academy, Powell River Dojo
  • The Roper Show
  • Safeway
  • And of course Melise for her mad hula-hoop making skills

Thank you so much to our volunteers for making this happen and to everyone who came out or made a donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. There is no way I could have pulled it off alone. No frickin’ way.

Here’s some documentation of the fun:

Team Brendan:

More of team Brendan:

A few of Joey’s Angels:

Photo that is creepily reminiscent of last year:

Chillin’ after the walk:

At first glance, it looks like we raised just over $3000 to help find a cure for CF and to fund CF clinics so that people living with the disease can get the care they need. Not too shabby. I think the J-Dub would be pretty damn proud.


Great Strides

It sounds like the walk is coming together well. I’m getting excited! We’re going to leave from the bandstand at Willingdon beach at 10:00 – just follow the music to track us down. We also have some pretty awesome door prizes: gift certificates for River City Coffee, Minato sushi, a 10 pass punchcard for T-Fit bootcamp, water bottles from Lund water taxi, a touque & scarf from Pollen & Co. to name a few. Safeway was also kind enough to provide water and fruit for walk participants; other drinks & snacks are available by donation Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Thank you so much to all of our sponsors and volunteers for making this happen!

Here’s a link to the facebook event:!/event.php?eid=174873079237723#wall_posts

For those of you who haven’t sponsored yet, but want to, please visit: click on the Great Strides link, and search for either Kirstin Whitford (under individual), or Joey’s Angels (under team). Thanks a million!

See you Sunday morning. Keep an eye out for the chick with the “Eva-red” hair in the I’m Sick of CF T-shirt. I’ll be pretty easy to spot.


CF Sucks

Last night I was approached by someone I know whose 4 year old nephew has CF. She wanted details on the walk in Powell River, to sponsor the Joey’s Angels team, and to potentially walk with us.

This really lit a fire under my ass and renewed my passion in the fight against this shitty disease. It’s not that that passion ever really went away, but I am burnt out. Cystic Fibrosis is awful. It suffocates those who are directly affected by it and finds all kinds of other obstacles to throw in the paths of CFers and their families. Hearing that CF is impacting yet another person I care about is intolerable and revived in me a sense of urgency to find a cure or effective control. I am tired of people suffering. I have had it with the stream of crap that befalls those affected. I am sick of CF.

The Great Strides walk in Powell River is at 10:00 on Sunday, May 29th. There is an option to do a 3 km walk, or a 5.5 km run. Walk participants are meeting at Willingdon Beach and do a loop to the Westview ferry terminal. Those who opt to do the run follow the same route, with the addition of the Willingdon Beach trail. The gang will then meet back at the beach. The aim is to make the Powell River Great Strides walk inclusive to participants of all ages and capabilities, raise money to fight CF, and have a good time in the process.

If you are interested in registering for the walk, or creating your own team, please visit and click on the Great Strides link. When selecting the community you wish to participate in, choose the “virtual location” option (this can be done by anyone in any community that isn’t listed, so you can participate regardless of where you live). If you wish to sponsor the Joey’s Angels team, follow the same link, choose the sponsor a walker option, and search for our team name. Or, if you would rather, cheque or cash donations can be mailed to me at:

Kirstin Whitford

C-1 R.R. #1 Whalen Road

Powell River, BC

V8A 4Z2

Cheques should be made out to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Any support that can be mustered up is greatly appreciated. Let’s do the J-Dub proud!

I’m going to finish off with a little diddy that I read on our friend Kimberly Burge’s Great Strides page because it made me laugh, cry, and gave me hope. Important note: she is currently pregnant in an extreme sense of the word. Here’s her Great Strides message:

This February, I lost my wonderful friend Joey to Cystic Fibrosis. He was my main supplier of laughs, winks, cheeky compliments, and chocolate. I miss him terribly. I think it would make him happy to see me waddle across town with my massive belly and ill behaved hound dog. He would have teased me the first half of the way, until we got tired, then he would have called us a taxi to the finish line. Please sponsor us. Cystic Fibrosis Sucks.

That’s pretty much how things would have gone down. Please join us. CF sucks.


Virtual Location

For those of you who want to walk in Powell River (or, for that matter, any location that isn’t listed), just select the “Virtual Location” option at the bottom of the drop down menu when you register.

Goooooo angels!


Where Things Are

This pretty much sums up where I’ve been at lately:

I hear that people are worried about me. If I had the energy, I’d be worried about me too. That said, I think I’m doing pretty damn good for where I’m at and what I’m dealing with. Clarification: I don’t just sit around and mope all day. On some days I do, but not all the time. I’m doing everything that I’m supposed to be doing: counseling, exercising, talking to a few key people I trust, etc, but the reality is, sometimes that’s not enough. The love of my life is dead and I feel shitty a lot of the time. That’s where things are at.

Here’s a little more evidence to prove that I’m not just moping all of the time. Managed to get to Clearwater to celebrate Karley’s 40th birthday. It was also a surprise party for Auntie Julie (who turns 50 in August) and Momma R (who’s the big 6-0 in November). Siarah did an awesome job of organizing the surprise and a good time was had by all:

I’m now back on the coast and am exhausted. Have spent much of the day sleeping (moping?) to play catch up.

I’m doing the CF walk in Powell River this year on May 29th. Anybody who’d like to join or sponsor the Joey’s Angels team can do so by clicking the following link:

If you want to sponsor me, just click on my name. Don’t leave me hanging people! Thanks for all of the love and support.



Tonight I received a call to enquire about whether I had gotten out of my pjs yet. I have, in fact. Yesterday was a good day; today was the shits. On a positive note: I hear that I have a new nephew. Congratulations Tory, Karen, and Carson!

Spent the rest of the day visiting with Kimberly, who sewed some of Joey’s ashes into a monkey bum. Allow me to explain: the monkey was given to Joey last June by the Isvik-Ritchie clan. “Zey” hung out with us at St.Paul’s for the majority of our stay last summer. One day, while she was visiting, Kimberly observed that the monkey had a similar body type/way of sitting to Joey. Once this had been pointed out, the resemblance was undeniable. Check it out:

Based on the fact that the monkey was very special to us, we decided that it would be a good idea to reunite Joey with his little buddy. Added bonus: the monkey looks less creepy than a dime bag full of ashes. Good for me for exerting effort to fit in more closely with normal members of society, although I must say, Zey was not impressed with our antics:

In other news, I started a “Joey’s Angels” team for the Great Strides walk to cure CF. Anybody want to join the team or sponsor me? If so, please visit the following link:

Thanks a million!