A multiple myeloma beach party?  YOU BET!   Remember how I came up with this crazy idea last spring?  Let me refresh your memory:

Let’s push-up the date of our tropical get-together! How does February sound?

Posted on May 31 2013 by Pat Killingsworth | 1,428 views

Lets have some fun!  I closed Wednesday’s upbeat post this way:

So, have I helped motivate you to set a goal and join me on my quest to beat the odds?  Let’s all agree to get together and share our goals and swap multiple myeloma war stories sometime in the future.  Pick a date and time–along with a dreamy tropical location–and we’ll all meet there for a fun weekend.  We can enjoy some down time, watch the sunset and help motivate each other stick to our long-term survival plans.

How about sometime in the winter of 2020?  That’s a nice round number!

I couldn’t stop thinking about the possibilities.  But the more I reflected, the more I wanted to share an overwhelming sentiment that has been flooding my inbox.  WHY WAIT?

Reader Bill O’ Halloran’s comment got me thinking:

I’d like to join you and the other survivors on this celebratory weekend. I’m sure we’ll all have a lot more stories to share between now and then. I’m not exactly putting it on my calendar yet, but it is something to look forward to.

Why not put it on the calendar?  Why wait to get together until 2020?  Why not get together right away?  You know, a kick-off party for myeloma survivors.

In a past life, meeting planner was part of my job description.  And Pattie and I live in Florida.  It’s perfect!  Here’s what I propose:

tropical resortI will find a great waterfront spot here in Florida, negotiate an exceptionally low group room rate and then as many can afford it–and feel up to traveling–can  make the trip.

OK; the group is dwindling in size already!  But anyone left can join me and Pattie for a cold drink and a few warm days on the beach. 

I’m thinking late next January or sometime in February?  Maybe some of you myeloma snowbirds will still be around to drop by.  Hopefully some others will get crazy and drive, or even fly down to join the fun.

I loved meeting with a group of 70 IMF support group leaders last July.  July?  In Dallas?  But the IMF runs a pretty tight ship, and the agenda was packed!  Not enough time to visit and get to know each other.

This weekend would be all social.  No break-out sessions or panel of experts.  Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few myeloma docs stopped by.  And maybe I can convince Danny Parker to join us and share some nutritional and wellness tips.  But that’s not the primary purpose.

I’m inspired whenever I get a chance to meet one of my readers.  We have so much to share and never enough time to do it!  That’s the goal for the weekend.  Visit, share–and leave refreshed, motivated and inspired!

Maybe you can help me name our whimsical weekend.  As always, your suggestions are welcome.  I will do everything I can to keep costs down.  This won’t be a luxury affair.  A party for the myeloma masses!  Drop the “C” word at the right time and upgrades can really stack-up!

Let me know what you think.  Comment or email me at: [email protected]

Feel good, keep smiling and start saving your pennies for our tropical survival get-together!

“Why wait!”  Turned into, “Let’s make this happen NOW!”

So I’m excited to announce that we’ve set a date.  Saturday, February 22nd, I’m hoping to see as many of you as can make it in Tampa.  Bahama Breeze Bahama Breeze logo

Yes, It’s true!  The fun, waterfront Bahama Breeze is hosting our tropical beach party.  This well known bar and grill  features great views and awesome umbrella drinks.  But Pattie and I also selected the site because it’s only 3 miles west of Tampa’s International Airport.

Details to follow as the cold winter days creep along.  Tomorrow I’ll get you hotel contact information and more intel about the event.

Did I mention dinner on Saturday evening will be FREE?

Get ready to thaw out and spend some quality time with some of the most awesome human beings on the planet; your fellow multiple myeloma caregivers and survivors!

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat