Hello to all of our Miracle League families and friends. As you're all aware the Coronavirus has changed life as we all know it. Gary, Paul and I continue to hold on to the hope that our 2020 season will go ahead, even if it means having a later start date. There is under 11 weeks until our season is scheduled to begin and as more information about the quarantine timeline becomes available we'll discuss our available options.
Our first hope is that all of our families make it through this crisis safely and that it will only be a matter of a few short weeks before we can all feel safe again. We hope everyone who can, will self quarantine and take all of the necessary precautions recommended, allowing this horrible virus to dissipate.
This is the one time where no one can afford to question the validity of this virus before taking precautions. The lives of our players, their families and everyone else in our community depend on everyone working together and supporting each other through these next few weeks. Remain diligent when it comes to hand washing, soap and water can help prevent this virus from spreading. Self quarantine, the less people you're exposed to the better your chances are. Isolate yourself if you're sick, underlying conditions put you even more at risk. Watch for updates and follow the recommendations, it's not just about you, there are innocent lives at stake.
It's hard to believe and unfortunate that in-spite of all of the announcements documenting confirmed cases there are still people who don't believe this virus is as deadly as it's being made out to be. My question to them as someone who has an extremely high risk of not surviving if I contract this virus, is " Why put others at risk because of your doubt? Gloat later if you end up being right but for now it's time to think of others. "
Which leads me to the other major concern for many of our families, their lack of supplies on hand. All I can say is I'm sorry, it's not right but clearly there are some very selfish people in the community. In my mind the people who chose to hoard all of the cleaning, sanitizing and bathroom supplies are guilty of putting innocent children, our medically fragile and our elderly at greater risk and should be ashamed of their behavior. Like many of you, I have not been able to find a single bottle of Hand Sanitizer, Clorox Wipes or other disinfecting cleaners. I have reached out to a few of our local retailers in an effort to see if they can set aside a special time where people with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities can shop for these items before others have an opportunity to hoard them all. I'll make an announcement if one of these retail locations agree to accommodate my request.
In addition you can reach out to your child's Care Managers, Brown County and their doctors for ways to obtain these supplies.
A couple of helpful tips for those who haven't thought about it: You can safely freeze Milk, Cream, Butter and Yogurt. Flour, yeast, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda go a long way and you can save space in your freezer by making buns, bread and pizza dough. Just an idea and one that works great for our family.
Stay safe everyone, I'll update as often as I can. My first priority however will be keeping my own family safe and healthy and most important will be my daughter with HLHS.