Thursday, October 2, 2008


I want to share with you a family in need! The Cook family has been brought to my attention through a mommy in the Lake Norman Mommies Network.

Please join Friends of the Cook Family on October 18th when we will walk to raise money to help offset medical bills incurred by William Cook. Our goal is to raise $50,000 or more which would cover approximately one half of William out-of-pocket expenses for chemo-therapy for the treatment of small lymphocytic lymphoma. These are expenses that health insurance will not cover. William Cook is one of only two remaining dairy farmers in Mecklenburg County and his wife Carolyn is an elementary school teacher in Mooresville.

They represent the American spirit of hard work, faith, and family. While both are employed full-time, they also handle the challenges of raising two sons (ages 17 and 24) with acute cerebral palsy. Both of these young men are cared for and live at home.

The event will take place at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius. Registration begins at 8:30 AM, and the walk starts at 9:30AM. The recommended registration donation is $20.00 for adults, and $10.00 for those under 18.

Attendees are encouraged to seek sponsors for their walk. Prizes are being donated for the largest donations raised by Adults, Students, and Pre-teens.

Corporate sponsorships are available at several levels: Platinum Event Sponsor, Gold Event Sponsors, Silver Event Sponsors, Benefactors and Friends of the Cook Family. Potential advertising benefits for these corporate and individual sponsors include signage at the event, acknowledgment in print, cable and broadcast TV, and radio. The most recent corporate sponsors include Target, Farm Bureau Insurance, Peoples Bank, Robert and Louise Cashion, and In~Motion Marketing. All monies raised will go directly to William and Carolyn Cook in the spirit of altruism.
We are not producing Tee shirts or caps to recognize the event. The Cooks are our focus. We hope they will be yours on October 18th.
For additional information and participation opportunities please contact Amy Morand at 704-892-5577, Jon Guttman (704-892-8413), or Carol Eury (704-892-0642).
If you are unable to walk and would like to make a donation, please use the contacts above. :)

Remember~Together we can make a difference.

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Easy Chicken Pasta

Easy Chicken Pasta

What's For Supper Ya'll?

White Beans, Pasta and Chicken
8 ounces dried cavatappi, fusilli, rotini, ditaloni, or other short pasta tubes
1 15- to 19-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional - I usually skip it)
Olive oil (optional - but I recommend at least a little for moisture)
1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine 3/4 cup of the beans and the chicken broth. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Place bean puree in pan used for cooking the pasta; bring to boiling. Return pasta to pan.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook garlic in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining beans, shredded chicken, snipped parsley, pepper and salt. Heat through.
4. Add the tomato mixture to hot pasta; toss to cost. Top with parsley sprigs and additional olive oil. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Posted by Stacy Nelson, Easy Dinner

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