Lavyn our daughter (3 months old), Matt
and Kim at the Olympic Torch relay, January 02.
Other column entries:
September 1, 2004
June 14, 2000
August 19, 2000
September 2, 2000
October 8, 2000
October 14, 2000
Matt with some very special friends..(from
left to right, Ben, Ryan, Matt and Garrett) Garrett, who is blind
and is fighting cancer, motivates Matt to keep going!
September 25, 2004
its 3:00 am in Colorado and I am waiting for the men's tandem road race
results to be posted on the www.athens2004.com
website. I am so thankful for the website coverage. It
hasn't been easy staying home when all the excitement of a Paralympic
Games is going on and you aren't there to see it live.
also been fun to go and check-out Matt and Eric's teammates websites;
read their journal entries, and visit their photo galleries.
Reading their journals and seeing all the photos makes me feel a little
closer to the action. Check out Jason Bryn's site at www.jasonbryn.com
or Ron Williams site at www.ronswilliams.com.
On Ron's site, I was so happy to see a photo of Matt and Eric wearing
their Team USA cycling competition skin-suits and see the crowd of
people in the background as they competed at the velodrome. After
all these months of seeing them train, it was nice to see them looking
tough in their Athens gear and to also see they had quite the
audience. Thank you Brooke and Ron Williams, Jason and Glenn for
sharing your photos and for taking the time to enter journal entries.
decided to give Matt a call and see how he was feeling after the road
race. The road race was brutal, strong winds, equipment issues, and he
was very tired and sore from the miles. But, they are still having a
good time! I was so bummed when I read about Jason and Glenn's
here to read a more descriptive version of today's road race from Jason.
their race, they were able to go to the ocean. That was something
Matt has been talking about since he knew he was going to Athens. And,
especially after they decided they were going to compete in the road
race and would be so close to the water. Sounds like that has
definitely been one of the highlights of his trip! They were then
going to go out and eat dinner. He was very excited to get away
from the village and try some Greek foods. They are getting a bit tired
of the village and the cafeteria food. Nice they can get away.
has been good here, busy, but good. I will be so happy when Matt
Guide Dog puppy
(photo below): Hearty, the guide dog puppy that we volunteered to raise,
unfortunately, was dropped from the Guide Dog program because of
allergies. Hearty made it to level 8 which means she only had one more
level to graduate and would have then went on to "class" -
which means she would have been matched with a blind person. Matt and I
adopted Hearty and now she is a permanent resident at the King
household...So sad, but we are proud of her and her success at
school. Unfortunately, on Mother's Day - May 2001, we were forced
to find Hearty a new home because Kim had a terrible allergic reaction
to the grasses Hearty was bringing into our home. We found her a
loving home four blocks from us and she seems to be doing great. We miss
her terribly and giving her to a new family was one of the hardest times
of our life, but we know she is safe and happy.
Hearty went to
Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.'s school in Boring, Oregon, on May 20.
you are interested, please read more about how to become a volunteer guide
dog puppy raiser). Volunteering to raise Hearty was one of the most challenging and
rewarding experiences of our lives. (You can see a photo of Hearty below).
If you are interested in becoming a puppy raiser and live in Colorado
Springs, Colorado, please contact Guide
Dogs for the Blind - Leading with Love Puppy raising group. If you
live in the eastern United States you can also raise a guide dog
puppy through Guiding Eyes for the Blind, for more information contact Guiding
Eyes for the Blind at www.guiding-eyes.org