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Where On The Road Is Gwendolyn?

July 09, 2009 by Bill Strong

...the TeePee Motel & RV Park in Wharton, Texas! When we called yesterday to make reservations, the woman laughed and said, "You don't need a reservation. We've got plenty of spots, just pull on in." You mean Wharton isn't a hot spot? Well, the TeePee Motel should be! Although we are resting our...
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The Palestine Telegraph

July 08, 2009 by Victoria Strong
To our surprise, The Palestine Telegraph picked up our story. I think they may have their wires a bit crossed as the last time I checked Palestine, Texas is no where near Jerusalem (as pictured). And the last time I glanced in the mirror, Gwendolyn and I look nothing like that mother and child, but...
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Where On The Road Is Gwendolyn?

July 07, 2009 by Bill Strong

French Quarter, New Orleans, LA. Post oysters on the half shell,
barbecue shrimp, and crawfish lunch at Brennan's. Pre French Quarter
stroll. Rained out this morning but cooler and wonderful this
afternoon. Enjoying our time here!
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Meeting Laurian and John Scott

July 07, 2009 by Victoria Strong

Yesterday we had the honor of meeting Laurian and John Scott for breakfast in the French Quarter. Laurian and John are an unbelievably inspiring couple whom we greatly admire. Although this was our first meeting, I feel as if I already have a deep and personal friendship with Laurian. I began...

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Visit with Harry Recap

July 06, 2009 by Victoria Strong



I would be lying if I didn't admit that I am thoroughly depressed after leaving Harry. I always feel this way after leaving him, although this time it is worse. He is truly remarkable. And I adore him. He has been an enormous influence in my life and I know I am fortunate for that.
We had a...

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Where On The Road Is Gwendolyn?

July 06, 2009 by Bill Strong

"The Big Easy" (although she's looking a bit zoned out in this picture)!!! We are enjoying the one-of-a-kind city of New Orleans, Louisiana, a place we've always wanted to experience together.

This morning we got out for some breakfast in the French Quarter, had a cafe au lait at the famous Cafe Du...
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Happy Birthday Daddy!

July 06, 2009 by Bill Strong

We love you so much Daddy! Thank you for being the most incredible
husband, father, friend...Happy Birthday!!!
posted by Victoria and Gwendolyn!
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Where On The Road Is Gwendolyn?

July 05, 2009 by Bill Strong
In Vicksburg, MS snuggled in Harry's arms on her 21 month birthday. Happy Birthday Gwendolyn - or "little doll" as Harry now calls her! Words simply cannot describe how much we are all enjoying each and every second of this...


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Gwendolyn Meets Harry

July 04, 2009 by Victoria Strong

We are beyond words thrilled to be here, to be with Harry, to be together. We are all savoring each and every single moment. Gwendolyn can't take her eyes off Harry - literally. She is mesmerized by him and his voice. I suppose we all are. We always have been. Anyone who has ever met Harry is....

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Acts Of Kindness: Nana Barb and Mounds Park Academy

July 03, 2009 by Bill Strong

Barb Meland, known as "Nana Barb" in SMA circles and to her darling grandson Drew, and her students at Mounds Park Academy have touched our hearts. She is a first grade teacher in St. Paul, Minnesota. At the end of the school year one of the parents asked what she would like as an end-of-year gift....
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Meeting Dakin—Gwendolyn's Texas Boyfriend

July 02, 2009 by Victoria Strong
One of the first thoughts to cross our minds when we figured out the route we were going to take on this big journey was that we may have the opportunity to meet the Lovelace family who live in East Texas. Devon and Dakin Lovelace have a darling little boy named Dakin. His smile could melt...
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Where On The Road Is Gwendolyn?

July 02, 2009 by Bill Strong

We are here -- Vicksburg, MS!!! We have had an incredible morning and
afternoon with Harry and will post about it soon. Right now we are
cooling of in a coffee house and visiting our favorite funky art
gallery, The Attic Gallery, while Gwendolyn listens to Adele on
Daddy's iPhone smile and Harry takes a...
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KYYK-98.3FM (Palestine, TX): Bill Strong Speaks about Daughter Gwendolyn,

July 02, 2009 by Bill Strong

Thank you Gary Richards of KYYK-98.3FM (Palestine, TX) for helping us get the word out about Gwendolyn's disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), and driving further support for our 5,000 mile cross-country fundraiser and awareness trip to help END SMA once and for all.

Click here to listen to the...
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KYTX-19 (CBS-Tyler, TX): SMA Campaign

July 02, 2009 by Bill Strong

Thank you Lynne Sullivant and KYTX-19 (CBS-Tyler, TX) for pulling together such a thorough story on Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and SponsorAMile.com, Gwendolyn's 5,000 mile drive to help raise awareness about SMA and END this horrible disease once and for all. We really appreciate everything!
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KLTV-7 (ABC-Tyler, TX): SMA Journey

July 02, 2009 by Bill Strong

Thank you Philippe Djegal and KLTV-7 (ABC-Tyler, TX) for helping us raise much needed awareness about Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic killer of young children!

Click here for the text of the story by Philippe or click here to watch the ABC news story or click here to watch the...
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Acts of Kindness: Palestine, TX

July 02, 2009 by Victoria Strong
Where do I even begin with what we just experienced in East Texas? It all began with the wonderful front page article Cheril Vernon wrote for the Palestine Herald. During the phone interview she mentioned an opportunity for us to speak publicly and I quickly said we would absolutely be interested,...
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Where On The Road Is Gwendolyn?

July 01, 2009 by Bill Strong

Trucking through East Texas from Palestine, TX to Louisiana, across the Mississippi River and into Vicksburg, MS.


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Trip stats:

* Mileage this segment: Palestine, TX to Vicksburg, MS --- 320 miles
* Cumulative mileage: 2,120 miles
* Cumulative gallons of diesel gas: 325 gallons
* Average...
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My Grandfather, Harry

July 01, 2009 by Victoria Strong
My grandfather, Harry Reese Gillespie, is the most remarkable person I have ever known. At 104, he has lived through every major event and been witness to every new invention in the 20th century. But it is not his age that impresses me (although 104 is pretty darn impressive); it is the way in...
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Acts of Kindness: Penn Valley/Wynnwood Mom's Club

July 01, 2009 by Victoria Strong

We just got news that the Penn Valley/Wynnwood Mom's Club outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (where my sister is a member) has chosen the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation as this year's recipient of their charitable donation. We'd like to especially thank the thoughtful women who nominated GSF and...
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Gwendolyn visits Grandmommy DeBard

June 30, 2009 by Victoria Strong

This afternoon was difficult. I knew it would be when planning this trip, but it was something that was very important to me. I took Gwendolyn to meet my mom. The last time I was in Palestine, it was to bury my mother. That was ten years ago this August and I still miss her desperately. My...

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