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Thank goodness for Princeton

I want to share some of the reasons why my husband, Vince, and I are happy and proud that we live in Princeton.

Recently our son, Danny, was the recipient of the Jay Braida Memorial Golf Open. Danny has incurable cancer. Our entire family felt the love, concern and support from an overwhelming outpouring of friends, family and some people we didn’t know before the event on July 13. It was awesome, and a day that truly celebrated Danny’s life. We will forever be grateful to those who helped in any way to make that memorable day possible.

This fourth annual event happened because of the hard work and unselfish dedication from Donna Braida and a steering committee of volunteers including Tim and Jennifer Forristall, Charlie and Kathy Waca, Celia Goers, Steve and Gina Nelson, Michael Robinson, Linda Berry, Eric and Rachel Waca, Chris Waca and Sue Garvin. These people epitomize the word volunteer!

Terri Simon, Bureau County Republican editor, was so gracious to publish Danny’s story. In an age when inches in a newspaper are at a premium, printing his entire story meant a lot to our family. And I pray his story inspires others to have hope and never give up the fight.

We’ve also felt concern and support from so many people from throughout the area who have prayed for Danny and are continuing those prayers. We know God is listening, so please keep the prayers coming.

We also had a very unexpected thing happen. We needed some tree stumps removed, and I randomly called Timber Falls Tree Service. When I asked Ron Piper what the cost would be, he said, “Nothing.” He said he went to school with our daughter, Amy, and read Danny’s story. He said people in the area used to help those in need of help a lot more ... maybe we all need to get back to imitating his generous spirit.

There is one more thing I feel compelled to address and that’s the fact we were able to be home to hear the Decatur Park Singers and the Princeton Community Band under the direction of Jim Jones. It is so encouraging to know that an appreciation for music is alive and well in Princeton. And having Festival 56 here is a cultural experience few small towns ever get to experience.

Jeanie Gelsomino



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