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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

MLK Day & Shenyang in May!

Okay we're sorry. . . last week just kind of dissappeared in activity. Not updating the blog was not intentional, there's too much to do too little time. But the last couple of weeks have been EVENTFUL.

Martin Luther King Day
Monday January 21 was Martin Luther King Day, a holiday in the U.S. We thought you would enjoy the photo of the flags and our house in the snow. We enjoyed the holiday, even got in a few games of Settlers of Catan. Joseph enjoyed playing as well. Elizabeth received The Settlers of Zarahemla (the LDS version) for Christmas. We heard the original had extension packs for more players and tryed it out. There aren't many times, with Joseph and his friends, that a game for just four players will suffice.

The Big News: China in May-June
Friday night Tim and Gloria were at the neighbors enjoying the first course of the Ward High Priest Progressive Dinner when Tim got a call from Joseph. NEWS FROM CHINA: We are on for May 5th through June 25th for the stem cell treatment in Shenyang China. By the time the group came to our place for the main course Joseph was already an expert on the city.

"Shenyang is the capital city of Liaoning province in Northeast China. It is a sub-provincial city with a population of 7.2 million within its administrative area of 12,924 km². The Shenyang metropolitan area is 7400 km² in size and has a population of 5.53 million. Along with its nearby cities, Shenyang is an important industrial center in China, and the transportation and commercial centre of China's Northeastern region."
The image from Google Earth shows the relationship with Beijing (Click to enlarge). The second shows the Liaoning Province. Note the relationship with Inner Mongolia and North Korea. The last photo is Shenyang at night, Wow.
The Hard Part Begins
Now comes the challenge: raising $50k by April 5th. We'll get started immediately. . . stay tuned. Neuroworx is prepared to receive the tax deductabile contributions and Joseph still has open the account in his name for donations at Zion's bank. Some of you have already been in contact. We love you. Joseph is so motivated and excited, suddenly with the date set the reality hits - - -and he is excited. More to come later.


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