Updates for Rick Stubbins

Poppy, it has been one year since God called you to be with him. We still miss you so very much. We love you with all of our hearts and souls and not a day goes by that we don't think about you!

New Update posted on 11/02/09



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Dear, dear friends,

First, Rick and I would like to thank each and every one of you for going on this journey with us. The words of encouragement, expressions of love, prayers, and generosity have lifted our spirits. At the end of a long day, we look forward to reading notes in the guest book. They make us feel connected to our friends and home.

Second, I ask that you be patient with me as I learn to navigate this web site. This is a new concept for me. Also, I hope that you will understand if I canít always write as often as I would like; although I may find Tiffany sneaking in with her own notes.

Last, please forgive any grammatical errors. I will be writing more as a journal. I donít think I will have time for rough drafts, editing, and final copies. So, if any of my students are traveling down this Internet highway with us, please donít bring any of my entries to class with corrections.


Hello and thank you for stopping by my benefit.

Mom_Pop.jpg (510698 bytes)This website is meant to be a "benefit of sorts" for my Pop, Rick Stubbins, a loving husband, father, grandfather,  teacher and friend.  As many of you know Pop was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) in 1997.  He has endured two rounds of chemotherapy and a Phase 1 research trial. Sadly, none has placed his disease into remission.  His team of doctors believe he has only one option available to him.  It is a partial matched related donor (Haplo) bone marrow transplant.  It is a research trial in its second phase. The transplant will take place at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  My family will be required to stay in Baltimore for 2-3 months for the transplant.

smith_fam.jpg (36387 bytes)I have spent several months trying to organize a benefit for Pop.  My parents are already trying to deal with the bills arriving for relocating to Baltimore. They had not been prepared for the journey ahead of them.  No one wants to admit that they need help.  It has taken great patience and many prayers to convince them to let me help in this way. This benefit will help defray some of the major expenses they will incur.

Walton_fam.jpg (49434 bytes)Have you ever heard of a church holding a "cake-less" bake sale?  Instead of baking, people donate the money they would have spent on baking.

Since unfortunately I was unable to find a band to play the benefit pro bono or a venue in which to hold it, I have decided to hold a:

 "Beef-less * Beer-less * Music-less Benefit."

This benefit is easy to attend.  You don't have to rearrange your schedule, find a babysitter, worry about traffic etc... You can just "buy a ticket" by making a donation.

Additionally, you will also be able to track Pop's progress over the summer on this website.  I will continually post updates throughout each week.  Once again I truly appreciate you taking the time to stop by and attend my benefit. Please keep us in your prayers.

Tiffany Smith

(on behalf of the Stubbins, Watson, Walton and Smith families.)