After a few days of “bitter” cold (low of 29), we awoke on this glorious Sunday with the weather person on TV proclaiming a high for today of 78 (a few degrees cooler out here on the beach). But hey! It’s the first time it’s been over 60 in several days, and we took full advantage!
MEANWHILE, UP NORTH
There’s nothing warm up north in the way of weather this week. Blog reader and friend Steve Fridley was on the island last week and shared some great photos (as usual). Steve arrived in St. Ignace to find it was snowing too hard for Great Lakes Air to be flying, so – never one to give up easily – he decided to hitch hike across the ice bridge. He decided to do WHAT?! I lost 10 years off my life when I read that! Even though Steve DID think about walking across, providence intervened in the person of an islander who was crossing and offered him a spot on her snowmobile. Steve says he really WOULD have turned around after only a few steps if no one had picked him up, and I’m holding him to that! The first four photos are from Steve.
A VERY SPECIAL REQUEST
Over the years, while writing about Mackinac Island, you’ve heard me mention Molly McGreevy several times. Molly is a dear island friend who has driven private tours for Gough Livery for many years, and she’s always who I recommend to friends who want something special in a tour driver. She is the BEST!
We learned this weekend that Molly has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and is getting ready to start the fight of her life with surgery, chemotherapy and possibly radiation. Here is Molly’s story in her own words:
My name is Molly McGreevy. I was born and raised in Utica, NY but have lived on Mackinac Island for almost 22 years. This is so hard for me to do as I am a very private person. But here goes. On January 29th 2015 I found out I have cancer. I have an invasive breast cancer, that is also in some lymph nodes, that I will need Surgery, chemotherapy and possibly radiation. The news has been devastating to my husband and I. We married on September 9, 2013. He is my soul mate. We cannot imagine life without each other. He started a new job in May after working for the same company for almost 30 years. The company restructured and luckily he was able to find a good job. We also are moving due to not being able to afford the rent. It doesn’t rain, it pours. lol. My surgeon and Oncologist said that I will not be able to perform my job this summer as a Private Carriage Tour Driver on Mackinac Island. This is a crushing blow as I love giving tours and I love my horses. I’ve been doing private tours for over 18 years. However with the chemotherapy I will be weak, and succeptible to viruses and infection because my immune system will be down. With the surgery I will be unable to lift or strong enough to drive the horses. So times are going to be very tough for a while. Our community is wonderful and has helped. But we are still struggling financially. My Jeep has over 123,000 miles and has major electrical, and suspension problems. We don’t know how much longer it will last and we never drive over 50 miles away anymore. With all this going on we are going to need help. Even with financial help from the community and our insurance we had spent over $2000. out of pocket in less than a month on travel expenses for appointments and copays, etc. We are overwhelmed emotionally and financially. If you can help us even in a small way by donating it would mean so much to helping me win this fight with Cancer. My mom died of breast cancer back in 1986, and I don’t intend to go that way. I’m not ashamed to admit I am scared. But I plan on winning this battle. Anyone that knows me knows that I never give up. Please donate. Thank you.
All of us who know Molly know how hard it was for her to make this request. If you possibly feel led to make a donation to Molly’s fund, you can do so by clicking here: http://www.gofundme.com/mollysmedicalfund.
It goes without saying that your prayers throughout this journey will be so appreciated.