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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 12, 2003
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"No one grows old by living - only by losing interest in living." - Marie Beynon Ray

Source: Sermon Fodder, http://www.sermonfodder.com


Pilot Priscilla Blum was taxiing her single-engine plane at the Westchester County, New York, airport when she noticed corporate jets taking off or landing nearly empty. An idea came to her. Blum, who had had breast cancer years earlier, knew how expensive and grueling transportation was for cancer patients who had to travel for specialized treatment. "I thought, wouldn't it be great if we could fill some of those empty seats?" she recalls.

That was eighteen years ago. Today, Corporate Angel Network transports cancer patients - at no charge - all over the United States. The group has access to some 1500 jets from over 500 companies. If a participating jet's itinerary matches that of the patient, flight arrangements are made.

Casey Chapley was ten months old when she was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer. Her parents, Keith and Belinda, decided to take Casey for experimental nonradiation-based treatments in Philadelphia, 300 miles from their home near Pittsburgh. For their first commercial flight, they had to navigate a packed airport, a noisy coach cabin, then baggage claim - trying conditions with any baby, let alone one battling cancer. They spent $750 on plane tickets. And monthly treatment was required.

Then they discovered the Corporate Angel Network. Now Casey and her mom and dad sit among Mellon Financial Corp. executives shuttling between offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Says grateful mother Belinda: "We can concentrate more on getting our daughter better, instead of worrying about how we are going to get to the doctor's office and pay for our transportation."

Now 75, Blum still volunteers at Corporate Angel headquarters once a week.

By Scott McCormack in Forbes

For more about Corporate Angel Network visit:

Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) February 2000, http://www.readersdigest.com/

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Things That Make You Go Hmmm. . .

The difference between one yard and two yards is usually a fence.

Can you walk down a road that goes uphill?

Everybody wants to save the earth; few want to help Mom do the dishes.

Why isn't 11 pronounced "onety-one"?

Is a hen an egg's way of making another egg?

I refuse to visit Marx's tomb because it's all just a communist plot.

You know how some couples sleep like nested spoons? My wife and I sleep like the stuff in the junk drawer.

I went to Magician's School but flunked the final exam. They were all trick questions.

Source: Flint Friday Funny, mailto:baldmark@myexcel.com?subject=Subscribe_Flint_Friday_Funny


On a cruise to Alaska, I saw my very first glacier in the magnificent Inside Passage. Excitedly, I asked the ship's officer what it was called.

"It's some dumb glacier," he replied.

Disappointed by his attitude, I bought a map to figure it out myself. I spotted our location and found the name of the ice mass.

It was called, just as he'd said, "Sumdum Glacier."

Source: Smile a Day Newsletterę, http://www.net153.com/best.htm

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Andersen Corporation, the world's largest window manufacturer, unveiled some new "high-tech" windows at the International Builder's Show in Las Vegas recently. 56 million windows are produced every year.

The company demonstrated prototypes of a bay window that doubles as a home entertainment system. A small electrical current runs through the window, keeping it clear and see-through ... but flip the current off, and the windows become opaque, allowing them to be used as a projection surface for a television or computer system, built into the bay. There are even speaker windows for the sound.

For more information visit the following link. Click on "Newsroom" then click on "Project Odyssey."

Source: Flint Friday Funny, mailto:baldmark@myexcel.com?subject=Subscribe_Flint_Friday_Funny

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