First, a quick update. Health readings continue to be good. Tumors are stable or shrinking. Still feel good and cherish every day as a special gift.

Back in August, I had a special delight — celebrating my birthday with very good friends and family at a Round Rock Express game at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. The game was sponsored by a pancreatic cancer research group called Pan Can. Part of the sale of each ticket went to pancreatic cancer research. Patti had sent word out to friends in Austin to alert them and invite them to come to the game — as a surprise to me. I didn’t know we were going until much later.

I have always enjoyed a baseball game as a way to celebrate a birthday.

So, it was a special surprise to get to the game and find our good friends the Appletons (Wayne, Jen, Maddie and Kip), the Rogers (Louis and Linda), the Macys (Jeff and Megan) join us for the game. So the camaraderie of visiting with good friends made the night a special one. Plus the game was pure joy.

At one point in the 3rd or 4th inning, the visiting team from Florida was ahead 9-2. If you looked around the stadium, you would notice people heading up the aisles thinking this was a lost cause. Well, as commitment, dedication, hard work and skill would have it, the Express came back to win in the bottom of the 9th — 10-9. What an excellent way to celebrate a birthday — with a win.

As an added bonus, good friends Randy and Terry managed to put my name up on the scoreboard as one of the many celebrating birthdays that day.

By the way, if you want to learn more about pancreatic cancer research, go to http://www.pancan.org. There is also a walk/fun run for pancreatic cancer research on October 22 in Austin. If you want to join us, we will be there. Of course, I believe there will be walks/fun runs across the country on that day. You can support pancreatic cancer research by participating in a city near you.

In the meantime, here are a few photos from our night at the Diamond. Good health to you all.

The ladies in purple: Casey, Megan, Patti, Jen and Maddie

Name in "lights" -- also notice the time and temperature. Only special friends will show up despite the heat!

The Aldridges at Dell: Patti, Casey, me and JD