Friday, July 2, 2010

Conference bits – Heroes: Wendy and Bill Bockhorst

One of the greatest parts of the Conference experience for me is the connections and reconnections.

Bill and Wendy Bockhorst are among the heroes I have seen at past Conferences. I knew that I would not see Wendy this time. She passed last year. I did see Bill though and it reminded me what great people they are.

Together, they had for years organized golf tournaments and casino nights in Arizona and Wendy had been a support group leader.

Seeing Bill reminded me of Wendy’s courage and her words.

“One main reason that I get involved through special events is because my PH is genetic…if I can continue working to raise funds for and awareness of this disease, then maybe the next generation won’t have to suffer as much."
It is because of people like Wendy that the dedication on the video we create at Conference is unchanging. That video – and, indeed, the Conference – is dedicated to

“…the memory of those who have gone before, to the spirit of those who fight back today and to those yet to come.”
Wendy is on the left in the picture above.

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