Sunday June 18th turned out to be a perfect day for a picnic; although it was warm, it wasn't humid and a cooling breeze wafted through the shaded picnic area all afternoon. The comraderie, warmth and bonding of everyone turned the event into a happening and a pleasure to be part of.
Many lung transplant recipients attended, some as recent as three months post transplant and others, such as Linda Lycett and Ken Rumohr are celebrating 14 years of their "new life" this year. Several patients on the "waiting list" for a transplant came to join in (with spare oxygen tanks) and several told me they were given hope and inspiration by meeting and talking with those that were looking so well after their transplant.
The picnic was held on Father's Day, as it was the only date available to us this year. Next year's picnic is planned for June 24th, a week after Father's Day.
All in all the day was a huge success, thanks mainly to the wonderful volunteers that showed up early and stayed late to help set-up and take-down.