At the Angler we had a good time, until MJ started having MJ moments! (Guys in cowboy hats!) I tried to put honey on her buns (Doug) but she didn't like it! So now I don't know what to do? Tried to call Davy (when they say Steve called it was me tryin to mess with you!) There was a girl with no arms or legs in the Angler. MJ would not let me hit on her because she said I could not get her back in her cloths fast enough if somebody came to the house. Other than that everything i OK.
This letter was read on a local radio station yesterday morning. Although I did not hear it, a Marshall friend of mine said she listened and almost cried at the end. I have copied and pasted from their site.
Here's a great email we received from Beth of Charleston. It's about the kindness and generosity of the WVU Football team.
I would like to tell you the story of a very courageous young man and several other young men that made his dream come true. I am a teacher at James Wood High School, His name is Kevin Freeland, and Kevin is not an ordinary young man, he also has an inoperable brain tumor that threatens his young life. In the past 5 years he has had 29 surgeries. At times he has had to learn how to walk, speak, and eat all over again. Complications from the tumor have also caused Kevin to need a tracheotomy to help him breathe. A colleague of mine, Bruce Fowler, was able to make that happen. Bruce attends church with the parents of Nate Sowers, and Nate made it possible for Kevin's dream to come true on April 11, 2008. I was lucky enough to be invited to come along, and the entire experience was one that I will cherish for all of my life.
Mike Kerin welcomed us to the practice facility around 4:00 in the afternoon. As we walked through the doors of the practice facility, Kevin had to literally be held in the standing position because his knees were shaking so badly. As we watched the team practice, Kevin, was awestruck. During this time, Reed Williams came to the sidelines to talk to Kevin, take pictures, and welcome Kevin to the practice.
At the end of the grueling practice, although the exhaustion was evident on the faces of the players, one by one they filed off the field, and instead of heading to the much anticipated showers and rest of the locker-room, they crowded around Kevin, welcoming him into their fold. The players treated him as if he were a member of the team. Each one let Kevin hug them, signed autographs, laughed with him, and made the day so amazingly special, that it brought tears to many eyes.
Patiently waiting at the back of the pack, was Patrick White. When Kevin met our quarterback, he screamed and fell to the Astroturf. Though slightly taken off guard, Pat handled it all in stride. He treated Kevin as if he were an old friend. He patiently chatted with one of Kevin's friends via cell phone, he let Kevin hug him again and again, and spent over half an hour talking with all of us. He made Kevin's dreams come true. The most touching moment of the afternoon was when once again, Kevin got to his knees to do the "We're not worthy", and Pat White returned the gesture and said "No, Kevin, you are my hero".
Bill Stewart also spent several minutes of his precious time with Kevin and his family. When I told him how impressed I was with the team's willingness to make Kevin's day so special he replied, "I am not raising young athletes, I am raising young men". Truly this team is full of men who possess not just great athletic ability, but hearts and moral fiber that commands recognition.
I would also like for all of West Virginia to know what an amazing group of young men we have representing our state, and what a classy gentleman we have leading them.
Sincerely, Karen M. Kile-Carr Resident of Martinsburg, WV Teacher of Mathematics at James Wood High School.
First it was him interviewing Stew at the Fiesta Bowl. The second time he interviewed a 12 yr old patient at Children's Hospital during a team visit there. Now the news station loves him so much they had a mic on him the entire Gold/Blue game. www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=37579