Trip To NYC----
This Blog was posted late and should have been before the "Whats important blog" ----
So it's been a while since I've been able to actually update the blog. My apologies. HOWEVER, for about a week I was driving through CO, KS, MS, IL, IA, and NE and then through CO again. It was a fun trip, but with the 14 mpg was getting, I had to stop every 3 hours. On top of that, I passed 61 cars and 17 semi trucks in ditches!! Ugh.
Let's start with NYC and the Today Show!! Well I got into Newark and was picked up by the driver and taken to the hotel. I got in pretty late and the Today Show was going to pick me up early in the morning. I slept like a baby until that hotel wake-up call started ringing me out of my dream. Headed downstairs and met up with my buddy who lives in Hoboken? Together we rode over to the NBC studios, met up with the folks from Catalyst PR (the media company for the Iron man), and headed into the green room. While we were in there, we ate a pretty good spread of munchies such as muffins, carrots, juice, etc. After we were in there for a bit, I had to run upstairs to make-up and get ready for the spot on TV. Came back downstairs to one of the regulars on the show complaining about not having the right kind of cookies. Jokingly, I said that my buddy ate them all, but he was just looked at and that person didn't break a smile. Oh well. After a few more min, they took me outside, wired me up with the mic, walked me up to the location, and bam. We were on TV talking about the race and about CancerClimber! After the 10 secs (that's what it seemed like. More like 3 min) I was on, I took off the mic, headed back inside, said some goodbyes to the other people I met, and my buddy and I headed back to the car.
Later that day, I headed over to another friend's house to watch the race on TV. The Ironman was profiling me and CancerClimber on NBC and I was really really excited to see what they did. When I first heard my name, I thought they just mispronounced "Swarner", but when they actually misspelled it, I was a little let down. Unfortunately, they only mentioned the first cancer not the second. They also missed the 14 days to live, the one lung, the coma for a year, Everest, 7-Summits, CancerClimber, etc. I'm not sure why they did that, and I was a little confused. Anyhow....
After getting home, I hopped in my car to do the "tour de Midwest" for Christmas (speaking of, I hope everyone here reading this and everyone you share this with had an incredible holiday season!!). Finally I got home and am getting ready to head into the mountains for some training in the hills. I'm going to the Sundance Film Festival in Jan to give a talk to the producers, actors, and directors. Everyone keep your fingers crossed that someone picks it up and believes it’s a great story!!
Until then, I’m heading out right now for Audubon and some fun in the mountains. Sounds like I'm heading to the South Pole Nov/Dec of 2009. Should be GREAT because we're also thinking about having people join us for the "last degree" where whoever wants to go could join me from the 89th parallel to the 90th (South Pole)!! As well, we're looking for sponsors to help make the trip affordable!
On top of everything else that's going on, CancerClimber has some amazing news about our truck that's being developed. We're meeting with some folks and getting things on paper to move forward and hit the ground running. Visit www.cancerclimber.org <> I’m talking about when I say "portable camp." It's unreal!!!
Take care everyone and please share this blog with more people so we have countless people reading and even more (is that possible? Haha) sharing stories of hope to one another as a family of survivors and patients!