My journey through Lyme Disease- Healing my body and mind.

LymeOut Lyndsey Fundraiser (AKA “I Have The Best Friends Ever”)

on May 18, 2013

Last month my absolutely incredible friends held a fundraising event for me at The Green Frog, a local bar here in Bellingham. I really don’t have the words to describe how amazing it was. It was one of those nights that could never be replicated. The energy and sense of community was like nothing I have ever felt. We cried, laughed, hugged, and danced. It definitely made me realize how special my friends are and appreciate them even more than I already did. I am a seriously lucky girl. AND, we raised over $11,000! Carl Buchanan was kind enough to donate his time taking photos at the event. Take a look at some of the photos and I’ll finish blabbing after 🙂

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That’s me, DANCING! Yay! The band, Br’er Rabbit was totally awesome and I can’t thank them enough for donating their time and talent to play for us. If you get a chance to check them out live, you definitely should. It’s a foot-stompin good time. Not only was the band awesome, but thanks to tons of people and businesses that donated to the event, the raffle and silent auction were incredible! Folks won some really great prizes anywhere from bicycles to massages. Please take a look at the list of donors at the end of this post and support those businesses when you have a chance. It was really gracious of them to help out as much as they did.

To the friends who helped plan this event without me having to lift a single finger, you will never know how grateful I am. You are beautiful people and you make the world a better place. My life is drastically easier because of you. The energy and love that you put into this night was palpable. I love you!!!

It was so fun to see all of my friends in one place. Some even drove up from Seattle just for the night. I told you, my friends are the best. It was overwhelming to see such an outpouring of love and I was amazed that I didn’t fall over from exhaustion. I actually made it until nearly 11pm! When it was finally time to leave, and all of the hugs and goodbyes were finished, I hopped on my bike and pedaled home alone. It was a quiet and somewhat chilly evening. The whole ride home I couldn’t wipe the grin off of my face. I was in pure shock at how much love was in that place for those four hours. My connection to my community and to the good of humanity felt so strong that it energized me, even though I was drained. I crested up over a hill pedaling my single-speed 1968 cruiser, and as I began the descent on the other side, a warm wind blew across my face and calmed my soul. It was like it was whispering to me that everything was finally going to be okay. At that moment, I knew that I had the power to recover. No matter what that may look like in the end, I knew it was all going to be okay. Sometimes life is a real challenge and other times it is pure magic.

Much Love,


Thank you so much to the following people and places for donating to the raffle-to-end-all-raffles!

Mark and Taylor Stephens

Semilla Seeds

Liam Gallagher Photography

Blue T Lodge

Jogo CrossFit Bellingham

4 Starrs

Chuckanut Builders

Val Thompson, Massage

Karen Gerstenberger glass art

Stephanie Torres knitting

Grounds for Change

Spencer Santenello cooking class

Monique Miller jewelry

Riverflame Rolfing

Brandywine Kitchen

Laurie Rosenberg Jewelry

Jennica Lowell Photography

Daphne Ryan Photography

Brown Dog Bike Repair

Western Freedom Seafood

Fitness Gear and Training

Brad Jones, Rolfing Bellingham

Angi Weston, bike coach

Jean Wylie ceramics

The Fork

Br’er Rabbit

Lacy Kemp-E. Hedberg art

Karla Stowards and FVMBA

Trek Dirt Series

Fairhaven Bike and Ski

Transition Bikes


Journey Jewelry

Kat Sweet of Sweetlines


Cascade Designs

Lesley Stoner Art

3Oms Yoga

Terrain Fitness

Chair 9

Sexton Family

Honey Salon

Jessie Carlson Art

Diehl Ford

Zazen Salon


The Fountain


Fanatic Bike Co.




Scott USA

Toni and Guy

Earl’s Bike Shop


Elizabeth Station

Sweeney’s Meats

Freehub Magazine

Tess and Adam

NW Cup

3 responses to “LymeOut Lyndsey Fundraiser (AKA “I Have The Best Friends Ever”)

  1. Sharon Drivdahl says:

    Did you sell out of the T-shirts, especially the green ones? I want a big one! But if black is all you have, I’ll take it. . .Jason’s Auntie Sharon

    • lilneeds says:

      Sharon, we sadly sold out of all of the t-shirts. If we decide to make more, I will definitely get you one 🙂

      • Sharon Drivdahl says:

        I can think of several “Drivdahl’s” who would get one – either as a gift or buy one themselves. . .in case you’re taking orders. Hugs to you Lyndsey. So glad your fundraiser was successful! 😀 😀 😀

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