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Sick of the cold? Myeloma Beach Party in Tampa next month

Posted on January 09 2014 by Pat Killingsworth | 1,787 views

Thinking of joining us in Tampa for our tropical Myeloma Beach Party on February 22nd?  Let me twist your arm!

BB indoor 2The plan is for a group of us to gather for lunch on Saturday.  If its a nice day, we’ll sit outside by the water.  If not, Bahama Breeze Island Grille features a lot of fun, tiki style seating areas inside; it’s a pretty big place.

At 2 PM we will have our own room with a view reserved until 6 PM.

I resisted the growing momentum that our party become a myeloma meeting or event.  But a good friend of mine, author Dave Visel, has been working on a book now titled, The Myeloma Survival Guide, for over three years.

A free dinner–compliments of the TBA Foundation–will be served at 5 PM.  Since I wrote the epilogue, I agreed to allow Dave to host a focus group about the book from 3-5 PM.

No obligation.  Dave and the TBA Foundation are trying to do some neat things in conjunction with the book’s launch in June, looking for input from patients to help develop a study guide to go along with the text.  Dave needs to know how patients felt–and what would have been most important for them to know–during those critical first months following their diagnosis.

Sounds like my mission doesn’t it; to speed up the learning curve for new myeloma patients and caregivers.  So I wholeheartedly support this one deviation from our all day party plans.

Now, let’s get back to your travel options.

BB waterTry not to be discouraged by the price of lodging.  When Pattie and I started visiting possible locations, we did consider the Grand Hyatt, located on the other side of the island.  But it seemed too formal and expensive.  Even two nice hotels next to Bahama Breeze–the Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express–were pricey.  All are on Rocky Point Drive; a quiet street that dead ends into the warm Gulf water.

The regular “high season” rate was $149 a night.  But if we committed to 10 rooms, they would drop it down to $139.  Ouch!  Yes, it would be nice to stay 200 feet from the party site.  But I decided to search out more affordable options, too.

And during my search, I was encouraged to learn that Expedia was offering that same $139 rooms for $92!  So I quickly abandoned the “group rate thing” and did some comparison shopping.

Here are some Lodging options you may find helpful.  All of these motels/hotels are located within four miles of Bahama Breeze:

Howard Johnson’s – N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa FL 1-855-873-6566 

$63 night

Comfort Inn – Raymond James N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa FL 1-855-809-3507

$89 night

Best Western Tampa – S Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa FL 1-866-599-6674

$90 night

Extended Stay – E Beaumont Center Blvd Tampa FL 1-866-599-6674

$91 night

Hampton Inn Rocky Point/Airport – N Rocky Point Dr Tampa FL Expedia Hotel Expert: 1-855-799-6860

Located next to Bahama Breeze.  Quoted rate when I called the hotel direct was $149.  Expedia rate was $93 a night! 

Country Inn and Suites Tampa Airport – Benjamin Road Tampa FL 1-855-873-6557

$95 night

Holiday Inn Express Rocky Point Island – N Rocky Point Dr Tampa FL 1-855-799-6861

One block from Bahama Breeze.  $120 night.

I encourage you to try sites like Kayak and, too.  Let us know if you find any exceptional travel bargains out there.  Save as much as you can to buy a few souvenirs or extra drink or two.

Having trouble affording the trip?  Several support group members from the area have offered up spare bedrooms.  Others have volunteered to pick you up from the airport or hotel and take you to the party. 

BB drink 2I understand how difficult it is for multiple myeloma patients to travel.  And I know many of you resist it at all costs.  I’m just hoping you might consider making an exception this time as we bring our online multiple myeloma community together.

Come on!  It will be fun!

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

18 Comments For This Post

  1. Kent Rankin Says:

    Not sure if your gathering headcount for the 22nd mtg but My wife and I would like to come. So that will be 2. plz.


  2. Pat Killingsworth Says:

    Awesome, Kent! I’ll touch base with you as we get closer to the fun…

  3. Cathy Says:

    My mom and I would love to attend. I was dx in Oct of 2013. Doing good. We are in Florida – me Ocala and she is Sarasota!
    Thanks for the site…. it is good reading and lots of information!

  4. Pat Killingsworth Says:

    Awesome! You can meet each other in the middle!

  5. Steve Says:

    Hey Pat….sounds like fun! Thanks for the invitation!

    Not sure yet if Mary and I can get away on those dates but we’re certainly going to consider trying to find a way to escape Ohio to Florida if at all possible.

  6. Pat Killingsworth Says:

    Would be special to meet you and your wife, Steve! Hope you can make it…

  7. Judy Says:

    What a great idea! Unfortunate that we were just in Tampa & and now headed back up north…brrrrrrr! Have been chasing the sun to TX…please keep up the messages and do hope the event goes well.

  8. Pat Killingsworth Says:

    You’ll be missed! I have a dozen or so yeses already. Expect 5 times that many to attend or more. Should be quite the party!

  9. chuck Says:

    Yes x2. This is pretty much my backyard. Bahama Breeze is a good selection Pat.
    We may or may not get a room.

    Chuck in Florida

  10. Pat Killingsworth Says:

    Awesome, Chuck! See you next month!

  11. Stephanie Says:

    Interesting thing to note…I called the number you had listed for Best Western which is through Expedia and their cheapest price they offered was $99/night. When I called Best Western direct and asked for their cheapest price, they offered $91/night. 🙂

  12. Pat Killingsworth Says:

    Stephanie makes a good point. Shopping around a bit can really pay off! Glad you will be joining us, Stephanie!

  13. Mary Says:

    Sounds like fun. I am going to be in Tampa area until the 19th. I live in Canada and today it was a high of -20 C. It was sunny though.! Hope your party is a success.

  14. Pat Killingsworth Says:

    Darn! Just missed it. We’ll think of you as we watch the sunset on the bay side deck, Mary!

  15. Dan and Ruby List Says:

    Hi Pat,
    Ruby and will be attending and appreciate the time and effort you put into the Myeloma community

  16. Pat Killingsworth Says:

    Awesome, Dan! See if a group of friends from the Villages can drive down. It’s going to be fun! Really fun!

  17. Sue Witcher Says:

    Pat, This sounds incredible but we just returned from a vacation to Mexico. Alas, we live in the western part of Canada in Calgary. Have a great time! Thanks for organizing it. Sue

  18. Pat Killingsworth Says:

    You’ll be missed, Sue!

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