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Old 12-26-2008, 08:19 PM   #1
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A note of thanks from Darol Ingalls

A lot of folks around here know Darol, he's a forum contributor, a regular at NW forum rallies, a talented Airstream restorer, and an all-around good guy. This summer he was diagnosed with leukemia, and he made it to the Confined Spaces Forum Rally with the good news that a bone marrow donor had been located, and that was his last chance to visit with folks before heading off a week or so later to OHSU to begin cancer treatments.

Unfortunately to begin treatments he had to move out of his house and into his new trailer, a nice old Holiday Rambler he bought just for the purpose, and parked on his parents lot in Oregon. When he did that he had to give up his computer connection and no longer has access to the forums.

Here is the card I just received from him today:

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I know I already sent you a card but now I feel better and thought I'd give you an update.

I had a 3rd round of chemo 3 weeks ago and 2 more days the next week. Finally they think the leukemia is reduced enough to go ahead with the transplant, starting Jan 5th. Of course, there are no guarentees, but at least there's some encouragement.

I wonder if you could post a 'note of thanks' for me on the forums site, along with a short update on the transplant. So many people have been wondering what's up, and I have no way to access the forums.
So that's the latest update. I have been trying to keep people up to date whenever I get news on how he's doing, and I send those out by PM. Because the system is limited to PMing 5 people at a time I may have missed some folks. If so I'm sorry. But now you have the latest news. When I, or anyone else gets further news, feel free to post here.

If anyone wants to post well wishes I'll print them up and send them on to him. Keep him in your prayers. He's a great guy, and I'm looking forward to him getting through this and joining us for more rallys this summer!
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:31 PM   #2
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Is there an address that we can sends cards to? I know Darol's many friends would like to send cards of Hope and Encouragement.

If not please forward to Darol:
Hang in there our thoughts are with you.
You will be expected at Area 33, so get better.
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Old 12-26-2008, 09:01 PM   #3
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My thanks to Darol for counting us in his sphere of friends. I'm sure all are wishing him the best.

Thanks for posting, Stephanie.
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Old 12-26-2008, 09:08 PM   #4
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Is there an address that we can sends cards to? I know Darol's many friends would like to send cards of Hope and Encouragement.
Yes, I almost forgot! You can mail him at:

Darol Ingalls
1171 N. Maple St.,
Canby OR 97013
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Old 12-27-2008, 01:18 PM   #5
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Steph, thanks for posting his address and I'll get a card in the mail to him. I was so glad he was able to stop by Confined Spaces. Glad to hear things are looking up and I'm hoping he will be ready to go for rally season in '09!
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Old 12-27-2008, 02:06 PM   #6
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Thank you Steph for posting the information on Darol.

He has been in our prayers since we learned of his illness.

We will get a card off to him right away.

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Darol, we miss you at the forums and hope the new year will bring in many good times and that you will soon be back to rallying with all your friends around a warm campfire.
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Darol has helped me so much with questions about my Caravel. I will be praying for him and hope he makes a speady recovery.
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Steph - Thanks for posting this update.

Darol – Thank you for your note and the good news it contains. I’m very happy to hear that the transplant will finally happen. I join many in wishing you an excellent result and a quick return to feeling well – on a permanent basis! I have a few new campgrounds to recommend to you when you’re back on the road.
Many thanks for all the help you’ve given me with my Tradewind project. Be prepared for a barrage of questions when I begin re-installing the cabinetry and woodwork. . . .

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I got a call from Darol this morning! He said there was some questions about the donor, but those have all been worked out, and now he is ready to go back into the hospital on the 12th, for a week of prep before the transplant on the 20th. He said he really appreciated the cards and well wishes. His spirits are up, he sounds like his regular old self, and he says he's determined to make it to the rally at Area 33 this summer, even if he just drives down to join us for a day! He said that will show he's beating this thing!
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Darol, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I miss seeing you on the forums. My best for a speedy recover. See you at area 33!

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Steph,

Thanks for posting this thread! I hope you have time to print out all the posts and send a copy to Darol! It is always welcome to know your friends are pulling for you! Darol is a great guy and has helped us a great deal and been a good friend. We wish him the best and hope his recovery is excellent!

May the force be with you, Darol! and your doctors!

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I'd like to chime in with best wishes for a speedy recovery too, but I'd also like to give thanks to the donor as well. I'm on the Red Cross marrow donor list, and though I've never been a good enough match, I've come close a few times. I also donate platelets. If you've never thought about becoming a donor - perhaps now would be a great time to sign up!

(sorry if this sounds all preachy)
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Darol, Glad to hear things are moving forward. This fight you are going through sounds somewhat like an Airstream restoration. Pulling all the pieces together and finding the time for this and that. But when the project is complete, it's really something to be proud of.
We're with you Don
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