The THIRD post of the day before 11:00 a.m. is brought to you by the fact that both of my children are now in school as today is girl child’s AKA PRINCESS OF DOOM’s first day of preschool!

Yay for free time to write!

I wanted to give you an update on two things I have asked you to support recently.

1. Tassy!

Remember Tassy the 19-year-old Haitian teen that Ian Rosenberger was raising money for to bring him to Pittsburgh for life-saving surgery by a team of AGH doctors to remove a cancerous growth in his throat that left untreated would eventually suffocate him?

Good news from Ian!

Congratulations! We are so happy to announce that thanks to your efforts and tremendous generosity, together we raised the total amount needed to save Tassy’s life, and today we are finalizing plans to bring him to Pittsburgh for surgery.

Because of your incredible support, we collected over $40,000 in just under two weeks. That’s incredible! Donations literally came in from coast to coast, and we can’t be prouder of all of you who came together to do something very special. Now, the hard work begins. Your donations will fund Tassy and a family member’s transportation, medical bills, and post-operative care and rehabilitation.

Many of you have asked how you can get involved with the work we’re doing with Tassy and in Haiti. Simply go to our website, www.meettassy.org, and sign up for our newsletter. It’s right on the home page. Through our updates, you’ll receive videos and blog accounts of Tassy’s journey to the United States, examples of exactly where your dollars are going, opportunities to volunteer while he’s here (there will be many), and plenty of chances to travel with us to Haiti.

Remember, this is just the beginning. There is a lot of work to do and any ideas are welcome. Many hands make light the load.

So thrilled for Ian who personally traveled back to Haiti to give Tassy and his family the good news. What an accomplishment. And for those of you who donated or attended the event, thank you so much. You made a difference.

Pittsburgh rocks.

2. I also wanted to let you know that I did participate in Genre’s Kids with Cancer Fund Footsteps in Faith walk, the event I asked you to donate to and you earned some seriously embarrassing pictures of my teen years.

I ran into Luke Sossi of Microsoft there. Luke ran. I walked. You betcha.

Big surprise for me when I arrived? Genre’s Kids With Cancer Fund put That’s Church as a sponsor! That included this on the back of the race booklet:

It’s fuzzy, but that’s the best Saucy can do in her old age. I seriously need to retire her and get a new phone. Regardless, notice it says “Virginia Montanez AND www.thatschurch.com,” not “OF www.thatschurch.com.”

This pleases me, because it’s just as much you as it is me.

The site was also listed with the sponsors on the back of the race day shirt, and at the park, where there were tons of game booths set up for kids to have fun after the race, I noticed this:

See the little sign?

Completely unexpected.

Genre says thanks.


  1. Jules
    September 7, 2010 11:07 am

    What an amazing little boy.

  2. CarolineFB
    September 7, 2010 12:09 pm

    Awesome stuff. One of my knitting friends goes to church with the family and has commented many times how brave & strong they are. If that were my child, I’d be balled up in a corner.

    Go Genre’s Mom!