Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Here is their story....
Shawn lost both arms below the elbow and both knees below the knees because of a heart ailment. The fundraiser was set-up to raise money for Shawn's medical bills and rehab with prosthesis.
Shawn made it through the surgery and was doing well. In July, three days before his 35th birthday Shawn died.
The charity event is going on to help his children...including 12 year old Cierra who wrote this entry about why her Dad should be considered for the Play It Foreward fundraiser at Toad Valley.
Hi! I'm Cierra Moore and I'm 12 years old. On June 4th 2010, my dad Shawn Moore became a quadruple amputee due to a heart infection. The heart doctors told us that he only had a 1% chance of surviving and if he did..he certainly wouldn't survive the quadruple amputation surgery..well my dad exceeded their expectations and survived...thanks to the doctors and my dad's will to survive. The amputation consisted of amputating his arms (right below the elbow) and legs (below the knee), and it's pretty devastating... as my dad is only 34 years old. My dad also had a tricuspid valve replacement along with a pace maker implanted into his heart. I've been helping take care of my dad by feeding him, giving him medication and just supporting my dad anyway I can. A couple of weeks ago , my friends and I made cookies on a stick and raised about $478 in a few days. We would like to raise more money and have the proceeds go towards prosthetics , medication or anything else my dad might need. My dad has supported me by taking me fishing and just always taking the time to support me..and now it's my turn to be there for him! Thank you for considering my application.
Cierra is only 12, a 7th grader at S.E. Polk. She is amazingly mature...and will be at the course through the day.
She told one of the people helping with the fundraiser that there is a business class offered at S.E. Polk for fundraising...but only geeks enrolled. She says now she is in the class and understands how important it is to give back to the people in our communities.
You can walk up and get in on the event. Take time to enjoy the great weather and do something amazing for this family.
You can also donate to the family by visiting the Toad Valley web site; www.toadvalley.com/playitforeward
Monday, September 27, 2010
Tonight Keith Murphy came to the news desk and told me he started laughing when "therealedwilson" Twittered it was going to be MOIST tonight. Keith said he then realized this person was not Ed Wilson of Channel 13. We laughed and then I said..."Well it was moist this morning." There was quite a bit of fog.
So to the person who is trying to be "therealedwilson" get real and stop using my name and picture on Twitter. To those 87 folks who are following this person on Twitter...sorry you were fooled by this Twitter twit.
So now what am I going to call myself when I start to tweet? The "reallyrealedwilson"?
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The season of Autumn hits tonight at 10:09. The days start to get shorter..the nights longer.
The NOAA graph shows the tilt of the sun is really the culprit to the cooler days and leaves turning to brighter hues of orange and red.
The temperature really has very little to do with the color of leaves. Interestingly, the lack of sunlight...or chlorophyll makes the leaves change from greens to yellows, orange, red and brown.
Winter solstice is just around the corner. Yahoo!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
This afternoon the warm front to the south will lift and the south wind will be gusty at times. I do not think there is going to be a ton of sun over the northern 1/2 of Iowa. Temperatures will remain cooler because the stratus cloud-cover will hold on through the afternoon.
From Des Moines to Missouri....the sunshine will boost our temperatures to the middle 80s. The south wind will also kick in the higher temperatures. We could see a 30 mph gust today.
The week is still looking wet. More storms are expected tomorrow through Thursday. We could see heavy rainfall over much of the state.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
You will see by the picture that I was on the Kansas State side. One of my best friends had the tickets and he happens to be a K-State graduate. It just so happens he also played football at Kansas State and lettered four years as a Wildcat.
I did proudly weather the crowd and the heat in my Iowa State colors. It was like being in the mouth of the giant purple people eater. Good game...and very nice K-State fans. Wonder if they would have been so kind if ISU won the game. I also threw in a little video of the Iowa State marching band before the game.
The weather between Kansas City and Des Moines is often much different on any given Saturday. This weekend was no exception. We left K.C. today and it was 91 degrees. The sun was bright and the humidity was high. We ran into the fog and drizzle around Osceola. Dense fog was around the car until Warren County. By the time we hit Waukee...it was 56 degrees and we had light drizzle.
There will be a strong south wind along the front to the south of Des Moines tonight. The warm front will lift to the north and the gusty south wind will help warm us to the middle 80s tomorrow.
Then a strong cold front will slide through the state Tuesday and Wednesday. Storms are expected through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
It will be cooler Wednesday...but another warm front will lift from the south and kick in the 80s for Thursday. Gusty south wind will whip up another chance for storms Wednesday night and Thursday.
Like Iowa State...we might all get ready for the roller coaster of ups and downs. Good luck and good game to everyone.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The clouds are going to clear later this afternoon...but we will only see the upper 60s for highs. Friday is looking nice with highs in the middle 70s. It will be sunny in the morning with more clouds moving in by the afternoon. There is a chance for showers and thunderstorms late Friday night and early Saturday.
Saturday night and Sunday morning will also be active with a chance for showers and thunderstorms. It will not be a complete wash-out for the weekend... but it will be more active than we thought earlier this week. Highs will stay in the upper 60s Saturday and 70s on Sunday.
More active weather is on the way this weekend.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The storms yesterday dropped over 2 inches of rain in Cass County over in western Iowa...and then dumped about the same amount in Appanoose County in southeastern Iowa.
Monday, September 13, 2010
More pictures from the Hogs 4 Dogs benefit over the weekend. You can see the dog "patch" on his motorcycle. Patch was so happy to be riding on the trip. He would look behind and see the riders coming up on the road and actually smile! It was amazing. So cool.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Thank you so much for coming to support our Hogs 4 Dogs ride. John and Tammie Hartley are such a great couple to take there passion for motorcycles and use it to help Heartland Humane Society. They don't get enough recognition in Ottumwa but they do the work of so many. We do hope you come back next year and we do hope you bring as many friends as you can. What you have found here is a community passionate about doing what they can to save as many animals as possible and we will take all the help we can get. My husband, Joe, and I were supposed to join everyone at the brewpub the other night but couldn't because of his work. We have three rescued dogs, one of which is special needs or at least "special" so we understand how much money and work it takes to shelter animals. My husband made and donated the Bad Dog Brewery Treats that were for sale. The grain came from the Brewpub where you ate the other night. So you might say that everyone in the community has a level of involvement but the Hartley's far outshine anyone else with their organization of Hogs 4 Dogs. Again, thank you for your support and we'll see you next year.
Thank you again!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Last night 4 inches of rain fell in Ames. Here in Des Moines we had 1.41" of rain. That brought our total rainfall for the summer 29.60". That was just .07" behind the record summer rainfall of 1993.
We are still in the running for record rainfall for the year. We are going to see more rain tonight and again next week.
Hurricane Earl is going to slow down the movement of all other storms over the next few days. Earl will slide along the eastern coast of the U.S. It will be strong enough to put a hold on the storms to the west. For us that will mean sunny conditions through the weekend....including a warm and sunny Labor Day.