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2016 #TeamEitel FUNdraiser Party Date – Saturday, July 23!

These past 7.5 months have been quite the adventure, filled with positive learning experiences, a growing appreciation for something that I did not understand much of before, even with 7-8 years a IT Contractor supporting ‘it’ and a FREE (with time served) education on a topic I’ve always been interested in.? I’d be lying if I said that the thought of coming home to see my friends and family was not on my mind every single day (and sometimes for hours on end, especially while at RTC or standing some tedious watch or bogus field days). Those thoughts keep me motivated; to do my best, to be happy and at peace while serving on active duty. And I have had it easy here and so far in my early, while late, navy career, with phone and computer access, decent food, a routine schedule, an amazing track and gym, the beach nearby and a liberty policy catering to adults (which was not always the case).? I couldn’t be happier with my decision and commitment to enlist last year.? It’s taught me so much, but I’ll spare the details for now as we’re all hopefully here for this final point.

The 2016 #TeamEitel party! July, 23, 2016. It will be hosted at the same location as years past. I’m hoping to lock down Granfalloons to support an after party as has become tradition. I hope everyone will be able to come out, even if just for a bit to say hello. I know we’re going to miss a few of you, due to scheduling and I’m sorry about that. Last year served as sort of a “going away” party, this will be a bit of a “home coming” for me. So I’d personally appreciate everyone able to stop by, take a dip in the pool and enjoy the day.

I know the majority of you are still on fbook, but I gave up on it, so if you could share this link and let people know about this event I would greatly appreciate it. I’ll post more updates on this site and I I have a few very special people I can count on to share any updates (MOMMA BEAR, TIFFER, JESSICA, ANDY, etc) via facebook as needed.

All for now:
All my love,

#TEAMEITEL 2016 #TEAMEITEL2016 Bigger, Better, Healthier, Happier!

This will be short and sweet as I wanted (needed, really) to get an update out ASAP! I’ve been extremely busy the last few months, being isolated can do that to you (RTC especially and figuring out life at IADT) Alas, it’s all for the best! Have no fear, my intentions for #TeamEitel 2016 are as titled, to be and live bigger, better, healthier and happier! More to come, please sign up for #TeamEitel when you have a moment and join us in our mission to raise awareness and donations in the pursuit of a cure for cancer.



From the LTN Walk 2015:


#TeamEitel @ White Rose AUG10!!!


On Monday, August 10th Melanie Smith and Jessica Reilly will be donating 100% of tips to the Lymphoma Leukemia Society through #TeamEitel! This event will occur at the Philadelphia street bar from 7pm-12am. Bring a card to hold a tab, but cash tips are preferred.
Tell EVERYONE to come have some delicious drinks and amazing food for a great cause! What else is there to do on a Monday?

#TeamEitel Beard Shave Donation Challenge!


So, you aren’t a fan of this glorious beard you say? Well it may be your lucky day. For the next two weeks Ill be tracking all donations to TeamEitel’s 2015 #leukemiaandlymphomasociety #lightthenight Campaign and the individual who donates the most OR has the most donated in their name will be able to shave it off themselves! So head on over to the TeamEitel’s LLS page via (or direct at and get to kicking some cancer booty! Good luck 😉 #TeamEitel #fCancer #kcfc #lls #ltn #tamethemane #ends20150621 #thatsjunetwentyfirst

#TeamEitel Suggestion Box


One of my goals for 2015 is to make #TeamEitel better. Not with the amount of funds raised, that’s always a personal goal, but what TeamEitel can do as a group, community, service and resource. Ideas like more events, or more information pertaining to drugs, research, stories, or other types of events TeamEitel should host are types of recommendations we are looking for. What types of events would you like to see us get together or involved with? What type of information do you need to get involved or share to your coworkers, friends and family? TeamEitel will continue to operate as a primary local team for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual; Light the Night Walk event and I encourage anyone to join TeamEitel or create your own team. With that said it is my goal to branch out from just TeamEitel and LLS and support as many credible causes and individuals that we can. For example, I’ve signed up for a 200km+ ride in June to support a Canadian Cancer Centre and I plan to continue routinely giving blood.

So, I’m reaching out to all of you and would appreciate any and all feedback regarding how #TeamEitel can improve and build as a community. I’m set to do big things in 2015 and with your help and suggestions it would elevate my ability to provide more people with needed information that I may currently be missing.

Thank you

Humble words that bring it full circle

thanksgivingdonation1As many of you are aware, Saturday morning I stopped over at the Grace Lutheran Church on Jefferson Avenue in York City to deliver the donations that I collected to Kim’s church (again, thank you so much to everyone who donated.) We had a wonderful assortment of goods that I was able to drop off from turkeys and boxed/canned foods to winter clothing and blankets. Based solely on the hour I was able to stay, sort and organize some of the goods, I think that what my friends helped collect is going to make some individuals and families holidays that much warmer and enjoyable. However, most notably for myself, I received some insightful words of wisdom from someone who I thought that I was there to help, that I would like to pass on.

When I first arrived at the church I saw Kim, waiting by the loading “dock” right at the time we agreed upon earlier that week, gloves on hands, ready to unload the jam-packed truck and take care of some charitable business. We got to talking while unloading the truck and she let me know about a man that had already got her attention when she first arrived at the church and that he had asked when and if they were going to be doing the clothes exchange that day. He told her that if they were to remember him because he’s going to be waiting outside all morning until the church opens and that he could really use a new warm jacket. He wanted her to know how dedicated and patient he was going to be. I remembered seeing a man standing out on the corner in front of the church on that cold 18 degree morning, I thought it had to have been the same guy I had passed about thirty minutes earlier.

We get setup to unload the clothes and blankets on some tables after unloading all of the food into the kitchen and we let the gentleman into the church, offering him some hot tea/coffee and a space to warm up from the bitter weather outside. With some help from Kim?s family members (forgive me for not tagging) we are able to sort out and somewhat organize all of the clothes that were donated along with what was already down there but at the same time looking for something that would fit the gentleman joining us from the cold. I believe it was Kim that found a jacket that would be perfect fit for him. Let me just say, the amount of immediate appreciation from this man was incredibly warming. While trying the jacket on, with no concern or comment for the condition, color, pattern or feel, he shared with us some of his story; surgeries needed, sports teams loved (he was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan), we joked about me liking the Eagles (I?m pretty sure he tried to convince me that Dallas had a better record), the blindness issue he was having in one eye, and so on… The jacket was a perfect fit and he was extremely thankful, continuing on engaging us all in conversation, asking us questions about ourselves, telling a little about himself and just enjoying the company and warmth. Now what really brought everything full circle for me was what I heard just a few moments later. Kim found what she thought would be a very warm and nice sweater for him and with some excitement in her voice asked him to try it on. Now this is what got to me. His reaction and response to Kim. He said, in the most humbling of tones, ?Now what am I going to do with more than what I need??

I?m not going to go into why that means anything to me, but just that it does and I thought that it just might do something similar for someone else. I am so thankful to have had that experience Saturday morning – so thank you to Kim and all of my friends who helped pack a truck that got me over to the church. At the end of the day I can’t help but stress the importance of doing your best to keep your community clean, safe and attempt to be a part of it at whatever level you can. Especially with everything that is going on in the news/world within the last 24 hours; be committed to your town, it?s where you live, it’s where you do your business, the streets you walk and the people you can count on…

Happy Holidays All