The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Hawaiian Luau in February!



Aloha friends and family! As most of you know, my mom is one of the most upbeat people you will ever meet. Her optimism and positive attitude, even amidst adverse conditions, always shines through. This leads me to a special request my mother has asked us to help her organize. Since my mom does not know how many days she has remaining on this earth, she would like to celebrate life, and enjoy it with you! When we return to Red Bluff in 6-8 weeks, she would like to have a special celebration with none other, than you guessed it, a Hawaiian Luau! Having grown up on Maui, anything Hawaiian related always brings her such happiness.

This is my opportunity to ask all of you in the Red Bluff area for a favor, and to take you up on your requests to help! Ü We are considering throwing a party in her honor around the weekend of Feb. 23rd if all goes well with her treatment plan here. She would like to have everyone come to her home, to enjoy food, friends, and celebrating life! Could I ask you to help me honor her special request by bringing a dish, drinks, or helping set up? We will know more about timing once we have the A-OK from her oncologist to travel. Until then, save a few hours toward the end of February to join us in a party, that would not be complete without your presence!

Send me your e-mail address if you can help, and I will coordinate what we will need. Thank you so much! I know this “Celebration of Life” will bring my mom much joy, and will create memories she will cherish through the challenging days ahead.

Mahalo!
Denise Kofford
apple@mesanetworks.net

8 comments:

stampbuddy said...

Denise, I would love to help in any way that I can. Thank you for taking the time to update everyone. Lorraine, you look wonderful! It's great to know that we can help out in some small way. It will be wonderful to see you both. Lori
stampbuddy@shasta.com

Anonymous said...

I'm in for the Luau!! I'll do whatever you need! Very rainy in Red Bluff today, but I bet it's NOT rainy in Hawaii! =-) (Let's go Lorraine!) My love to all.
Love,
Annette

Anonymous said...

We don't live in Red Bluff, but we would love to help out if we can! Just say the word and we're there! It can be organizing, setting up, taking the kids, whatever you need.

Laura & Family

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea to have a luau in Red Bluff in February. We look forward to being able to see our dear, sweet Lorraine again and give her our hugs personally. I'll help however I can. There is a Delta Kappa Gamma board meeting tomorrow (1/9) and a general meeting next week (1/15). I know a lot of her "sisters" will be glad to help also. I'll help Annette spread the word.
Hugs to Lorraine. You go girl! We're all thinking of you so much. Our hearts are with you!
Kay

Anonymous said...

Denise and Lorraine,

I could not think of a better way to celebrate Lorraine's return to Red Bluff!

Let me know!

Sheri

Kim said...

I'll just leave it up to you to place me wherever need be!! Yay! A luau in February; I love it!!! (Maybe I'll even do a MysticTan to really get in the mood!) ha ha
kimberlyludwig124@sbcglobal.net

Love & Hugs across the miles to you both!!!
-kim

Judy said...

Party time! Count me in. Everyone looks so great. Lorraine, you have always been an inspiration! Denise, it's wonderful how you keep this site up so we can all stay connected. Let me know if I can do anything. Sheri and I can coordinate the Antelope gang. You know what party animals we are. Denise, if you'd like to send me your email address, I'd like to send pictures to share with Lorraine. I might even get a little crazy at school : )
jwoods8@sbcglobal.net

Lots of love,
Judy

Kirsten Ericson said...

Denise, I would love to help out! Please know we are thinking of all of you and are so proud of you. We would love to hula with your mom!
Kirsten