Letter To The Editor
Provide Special Memories For Marine
When Kris Taylor was in the hospital as a result of a brain
tumorís bursting, I was contacted by a friend of mine Max Beerup,
asking me to rally moral support and prayers for Kris and his
I operate Troops Now & Tomorrow, Inc. in support of our deployed
military troops in harmís way. As a result, I have a lot of
friends all across our great nation who support our troops, both
deployed and stateside.
Together, all of my friends and I began sending supportive cards,
letters, care packages, and prayers to Kris. The support meant the
world to Kris. Kris is a true Marine; his strength and faith are
The 2005 Desert Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., honored my
project and our troops by generously donating to our organization in
support of our wounded and deployed troops. In preparation for the
2006 Desert Poker Run, Jim Nichols of Lakeracer L.L.C. contacted me
to once again provide support and to ask if I was able to get some
troops home from Iraq to host at the 2006 event.
My first thought was Kris will love this and if he's able, I'm
sure he'd love to attend. We contacted his superiors and were
very pleased to hear their approval for leave and attending the
I then called my own son's Marine's Family Readiness Officer to
ask if he could also send some Marines for a wonderful liberty
weekend. Again, leave approved and as a result, they sent five
awesome Marines who picked up Kris up at the hospital and brought
him to us.
(My own son's unit is currently deployed; he is on his third
The Marines who attended were left at the base to prepare
for leaving the Marine Corps as they were finishing their four-year
commitment. Many of these Marines who attended are Marines to
whom we've sent care packages during previous deployments.
The bonds of adopting our deployed troops can often result in
extended family friendships, more heartwarming than imaginable, and
this certainly was the case with all the Marines who attended the
Kris and the other Marines were treated in grand style!
Desert Poker Run participants provided boat rides, Lakeracer L.L.C.
hosted their hotel room, dinners, and more!
I tried to prepare the Marines for more fun than they could
imagine, but there are really not enough words to describe the
experience well enough. When they saw the immense support and were
treated to the experience of a lifetime, their faces and hearts had
never been so thrilled.
They all were speechless for hours after their days on the lake.
Kris was the latest getting back; I did begin to worry about him.
But, seeing his bright shining smile when he finally arrived back
from his long day on the lake was enough to thrill me. The stories
of their experiences and joy were filled with amazement and
All the Marines could utter for hours was "awesome!"
Shortly after Kris returned to the hospital, he became ill
again. After tests and MRIs they discovered Kris's cancer had
returned and was attacking his spine.
He's a fighter with strong Texan spirit. He's touched and
motivated by all the support he's receiving.
He's currently being treated at MD Anderson, a very well-known
and highly respected cancer hospital. He's still in very good
spirits and remaining strong with fond memories of a wonderful
weekend on Lake Havasu ó thanks to 2006 Desert Poker Run
participants and Lakeracer LLC.
And a note from Jim Nichols of Lakeracer L.L.C. reports that
"over $7,000 was raised for our designated charity organization ó
Troops Now & Tomorrow. They can be reached for information or
donations by calling Karen Gill at (928) 208-7641[or at (928)
505-6338]. Her work touches many individuals in the Armed Services
and deserves all our support."
Lake Havasu City, Ariz.