Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Little Help?

I have a favor to ask.

And although it feels like that's all I've done recently (Military Missions, thanking our troops), I'm going to ask once more.

Because I feel like it's important.

Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the death of Cpl. Chad Wade, a member of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines out of Camp Pendleton, CA. If you've been reading 400 Wakeups for any length of time, you know that I've grown close to Chad's mom, Tami of Boyette Babble Time, since I found her through Chad's widow, Katie. The money I make from RED Friday items at Daisy & Elm almost always goes to Tami's foundation, Wings for Our Troops, which collects money to buy a plane ticket home for Marines about to deploy. And we often drop each other emails throughout the day, trading jokes or concerns. Things have grown quiet over there as she continues to process her grief through the first anniversary. But we are still here....we still think about her...we still honor the ultimate sacrifice that Chad made one year ago tomorrow.

Chad's favorite team was the University of Tennessee Volunteers (I know...try to control your gag reflex). So, he and construction zone orange were BFF. I am asking that if you can and don't mind, please wear some orange in honor of Chad tomorrow. His mom and her posse (including me) will be wearing these orange ribbons.

But any orange will do. I just happen to have some orange on hand right now. Secondly, if you could take a picture of you wearing your orange and email it to me, I would like to post it on the blog tomorrow.

I know this is extremely short notice and I understand that not everyone has a Michael's or a Hobby Lobby in their back yard...but what's most important is that we continue to show Chad's family and friends that we love and support them, especially on such a dark day.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!


  1. My orange consists of my Cuse attire, but I might be able to throw some on for my workout!

  2. I got some BRIGHT orange I can wear. :)

  3. Can't think of a thing, but I will be thinking Volunteer for Chad and his family. His service and sacrifice were special for all of us.

  4. What you are doing for Chad, Tami, and the rest of our family is amazing. Thank you.


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