News & History

Parking for Messiah UMC

Messiah United Methodist Church 6215 Rolling Road Springfield, VA 22152 Ray’s Celebration of Life 1pm, March 9th. Off-site parking at Springfield Professional Park (Traford) To go directly to the offsite parking use the address 8350 Traford Ln, Springfield, VA 22152 This is the Springfield Professional Park. Traford Lane is off […]


Ray’s Celebration of Life

Date: Saturday March 9th, 2019 Time: 1PM Location: Messiah United Methodist Church 6215 Rolling Road Springfield, VA 22152 We’d like to get an idea of how many people plan to attend. If possible, please let us know you’ll be attending and how many people will be with you. Please send […]

My Warrior, My Hero

The last several days have been a blur. My phone and Facebook have being blowing up with messages and I still need to read or reread many of them. I couldn’t gather my thoughts enough to write from my phone. I needed a keyboard, but haven’t had the time to […]

In memory of Donald Ballard

This is probably the most difficult post I’ve ever had to write. Many of my friends have already heard this, but there will be a few who have not. Don fought a courageous battle but, sadly, he succumbed to pancreatic cancer on November 17, 2017. Ray and I would like […]

Sigh… Further Delays

I’ve stared at this blank page several times, trying to figure out how to write this post and put a positive spin on it. I just have not yet found the positive in it. Bottom line: Gene Therapy for Ray is delayed further. The doctors/researchers have tested and retested the […]


That’s the sound of brakes, coming from Bethesda, MD. Yep, that is what another delay sounds like. The first indications came over almost 2 weeks ago. I got a call from the doc at NIH telling me that they’d run another test on this latest batch of vectors from St. […]


After a little schedule adjustment Ray and I are finally at NIH tonight for his bone marrow aspirate, scheduled for tomorrow. Hopefully it will occur early enough in the day for everyone to check out Ray and approved him to leave by tomorrow afternoon/evening. Today was one of those days […]