Tuesday February 9, 2016

We have reached the last week of a long stretch of Shannon O'Hara Foundation activities. Our board meeting this past Sunday included decisions on donating to brain tumor research and also choosing this year's scholarship recipients. We will hand out scholarships this Saturday afternoon during the 1pm boys hockey game between Mayo and Century at Graham Arena. Join us if you can. It is always special to see these kids and the joy this award brings them. It will be especially poignant this year as both of our scholarship winners knew Shannon personally... uff da...

I wish you could all read these essays and understand that there are a lot of kids out there who see the bigger picture. I'm always disheartened when I hear about "today's youth" or "this generation" in a negative context. Kids today are living with constant input and having to navigate a world filled with trouble. Reading the scholarship essays these kids write restores my faith each and every year it seems. Lots of good people in the world, and some of them are under the age of 18...

Life just keeps rolling along. Erin will be heading to Omaha this weekend with the U18 volleyball team for a tournament. Three nights in the hotel with her friends and some elite volleyball competition... what's not to like?

Erin's schedule hasn't allowed her to be a part of all our SOF events this winter. Volleyball tournaments fell on the Shannon Cup weekends, finals week fell during the Sports Commission banquet and now volleyball again falls on our scholarship presentation day.

While we love to have her with us, Dan and I are thrilled that Erin is busy, involved, and thriving. We'd never make her give up her own activities to be at an event to honor Shannon. Erin is doing exactly what she is suppose to be doing and we wouldn't want it any other way. Erin carries Shannon in her soul, always, and honors her by living her own life with joy and compassion.

Dan and I are lucky to have two pretty cool kids.