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Old 08-13-2019, 10:45 AM   #1
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"Phoenix" (forum member) could use your help...

My dad, who goes by "Phoenix" on this forum since 2004 (*rivet-master with 2400+ posts) has a terminal illness and is likely facing his last birthday on August 24.

Can you find it in your heart to send him a quick birthday card?

The Backstory;
Over the years, my mom & dad have enjoyed immensely the friends they've made on this forum, in fact their last Airstream trip (in their 2005- 19ft Bambi / Safari) at this time last year went across the AlCan Highway, up through Alaska to Denali, and then home, with my dad being diagnosed the day after they returned.

Here's a picture of their tow rig which they've shared on the forums;


This message comes at a difficult time for my family, and I know that my dad's connection to this community of enthusiasts gave him an amazing resource of assistance and information, which he worked hard to reciprocate over the years. Phoenix is probably best known for his 2015 thread on "Tire Failure Poll"which has over ~28k views and speaks to his engineering background and willingness to help others to prevent roadside problems. His technical nature comes through in the posts I've perused, and if you knew my dad (*which many of you do...), you'd know he is soft-spoken and low-key, having led a quiet and private retirement. In fact, the purchase of their Airstream was to fulfill my parents dreams to explore North America in their retirement.

Which is also why I think a slew of post cards and birthday wishes would really cheer up my dad and mom at a time when they really need it most.

I registered today to give thanks to the members of this community who brought so much entertainment and knowledge to my parents to help them live out their dreams. If this breaks a board policy, or is deemed by the community to be inappropriate at all, reply here and I'll gladly remove the post.

If you can take a few minutes to send a quick postcard or birthday card, I know it would really raise their spirits;

Skip & Kathy Wong
4441 W. Poinsettia Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85304-3505

In closing, my dad and I talked about these forums over the years and his engagement about the trips shared, projects undertaken and problems solved by the members here were a constant source of pride and excitement in his life.

I want to thank each of you who've read this far, and will check back intermittently on this thread. For privacy reasons - and to respect my dad's wishes - I won't go into too much detail, and appreciate your sharing of this with people on the forum who may know my dad. (I'll also remove the mailing address after his birthday for security purposes.)

Thank you all, and God bless you.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:49 PM   #2
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:17 AM   #3
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Iím so sorry to hear that your dad Phoenix isnít doing well. What a lovely thing youíre doing for him. It will be an honor to send a card for his birthday. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

May we know your name? Itís ok if you donít want to share that - I just wanted to know....

PS - about your security concern, I think the vast majority of forum members are decent, trustworthy folks. Maybe one way to do something like this without sharing an address would be to open a PO Box at the local Post Office and collect all the cards there. Still - itís a lovely gesture - Iíll be sending a card along with my prayers. Best to you and your mom and dad.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:44 PM   #4
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Old 08-14-2019, 05:29 PM   #5
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My name is Thomas,

Thank you so much for showing your support for my dad's contribution here over the years. I've gotten a few PMs and hope this is enough visibility to create a flow of cards to my dad leading up to his birthday on Aug24. I sure hope so,
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Old 08-14-2019, 05:49 PM   #6
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I will be mailing out the card tomorrow. I think that was a wonderful idea, and I hope the cards lift his spirits. Your Airstream friends, Ron and Brenda.
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:58 AM   #7
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Cards are starting to come in!

Thank you to each of you who've sent a card for my dad. It is REALLY appreciated,
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Old 08-21-2019, 12:49 PM   #8
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Card sent today. We're all wishing them the best.
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:44 AM   #10
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A quick and final THANK YOU to everyone who mailed cards!

Thank you SO MUCH to each of you who mailed cards of well-wishes and hopes for my Dad "Phoenix" and his family.

The cards gradually flowed in throughout last week, leading up to a crescendo of cards on Saturday, his Birthday. We took my dad out to lunch and met with neighbors, friends, and family members who took the time to celebrate with us.

I could not have done it without your help, and a big thank you to this community for what it brings to one another.

Take care, and thoughts and prayers go out to those who responded so kindly, -T.
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:07 AM   #11
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So glad you asked and glad to participate. How many cards did he get?

Please tell your dad I (and no doubt all of us here) wish him well.
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Just saw this.
Very sorry to hear about "Phoenix".
My prayers for you and your family.

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Old 11-27-2020, 11:47 AM   #13
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I'm even later and didn't know this until today. I had various private messages with Skip over the years and was always impressed by him. I'm sorry I never got to meet him in person. As RV'ing is mostly the province of older people, many of is just disappear without anyone knowing it. Glad at least Skip has been memorialized.
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