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Hope Shines For Shannon Meet and Greet

A friendly reminder that the fundraiser for Mets Media Relations Director, Shannon Forde, is coming up on November 1st.  There will be a dinner and a meet and greet with some beloved Mets players, past and present.  Here are some new details.  Click on the links for more information, and help out any way you can.

Matt Harvey, Daniel Murphy, Willie Randolph, and Super Joe McEwing  have
been added to the special meet and greet line up that also includes
Gooden, Strawberry, Franco, Ojeda, Alfonzo, Leiter, Ed Charles and Ed
Kranepool. Tickets to the meet and greet cost $250.

The dinner will be emceed by Ron Darling and will feature more than 50
amazing sports related silent and live auction items.  We have signed
merchandise and/or experiences from the Mets, Yankees and many more MLB
teams, the Jets, Giants, Knicks, Nets, Rangers and more. Plus, there’s an
open bar and premium food, dancing and plenty of laughs.  Tickets to the
dinner cost $100.  http://www.hopeshinesforshannon.com/Dinner.html

Lastly, there’s an online auction going on for some unique experiences
ranging from a hitting lesson with David Wright to meeting Jon Stewart and
watching a taping of The Daily Show. Here’s the full listing:

Shannon has done an immense amount for the Mets blogging community.  On a personal note, thanks to her, I got to talk to Rusty Staub.  I joined the blogger conference call a couple of minutes late, and missed the roll call.  But when my turn to ask a question came up, Shannon asked if I was on the line, and made sure I had an opportunity to talk to Rusty.

She didn’t have to do that – she did it because she cares.  That’s the kind of person Shannon is.  Please support her now in her time of need, just as she’s always supported us.


Thoughts and Hopes for Shannon

If you’ve been reading MetsToday for the past week, you know my dog went through a rough stretch — and is still recovering.

I was beyond thrilled on Monday when she came home, but the happiness dampened the next day by terrible news: Shannon Forde was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized to her lymph nodes and bones.

As the Senior Director of Media Relations for the Mets, Shannon has been my connection to the franchise for the past several years. Technically, it’s been a working relationship, but it has always felt much more than that; she’s more like a friend who happens to be employed the Mets. Shannon has gone above and beyond the call of duty in her role, making a lowly blogger like me feel as important as Jon Heyman — whether it’s setting up a one-on-one interview in the Mets locker room with R.A. Dickey, helping me arrange a lunch for Mike Piazza, or listening to me banter on about my concern for Johan Santana‘s arm. It’s not just about the cool connections, though. She’s one of those people who, immediately upon entering a room (or a dugout), make you feel happy and comfortable. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her without her warm, infectious smile.

While Shannon fights for her life, she continues to work for the Mets and tend to her family. The bills are already piling up, so her friends and family have joined up with two amazing organizations, The Daniel P. Ryan Foundation and The Chic Charity Club, to raise money and support Shannon with the medical expenses as well as her household expenses. If you’d like to help, you can make a donation that will go directly toward those expenses. Additionally, on Thursday, November 1st, there will be a fund-raising dinner at the Westmont Country Club in Woodland Park, NJ, as well as a separate “meet and greet” autograph session, where Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, John Franco, Bobby Ojeda, Edgardo Alfonzo, Al Leiter, Ed Charles,Ed Kranepool, and Sean Landeta will be available for photos and autographs. Additionally, Ron Darling will be the evening’s emcee. There are tickets available for both the dinner and the autograph session, and again, the proceeds will go directly toward helping Shannon and her family through this challenging time. All the details can be found at the website HopeShinesforShannon.com.

In addition to taking a moment to think good thoughts for Shannon and her family, I hope you consider attending the event and/or making a donation.