A Christmas Wish

Updated: December 17, 2012

Editor’s Note: We have received a request from The Ranger Up Nation to pass the word about this upcoming event.  I trust you already know what to do, mandatory formation.  Merry Christmas – RU Rob.

Dear Ranger Up-

I am a fan of your shirts, your personalities, your contributions to the wounded warriors, your dedication to being the kind of men and woman that my own child can look up to regardless of swearing, crazy antics and your fantastic videos. While I find it tends to be the case that you support military causes and the like I felt compelled to write to you. This may be an unusual e-mail for you to receive but I want to reach out to those I know that will care, that will listen.

ava jeanAs the wife of a former U.S. Army soldier, I know how important family can be. The family I have gained through the military has always been a strong one. Today I will be looking to that family for help. A friend of mine, Paul Alsted, has a niece who has been diagnosed with cancer. Ava Jean is 5 years old. She has an older sister and a younger brother and a very loving family. She is currently going through chemo treatment and hopefully will be home for Christmas to sleep in her own bed. She is a sweet, shy little girl that just wants to go to school. She can’t right now because even the most common cold virus could wreak havoc on her fragile and compromised system.

Sunday December 23rd, 2012 there will be a group of people getting together to sing Christmas carols on Ava’s street. She and her parents don’t know this yet. It’s a very special Christmas surprise for them. Her uncle Paul is organizing this as best he can in between work and spending time with her at the hospital. He’s asking people to come, invite friends and family and bring a candle to sing just two songs. It’s the hope for all involved can invite everyone they know so a street can be filled with people and light and love for Ava Jean.

It’s my hope that you will share the information I will provide about the event to your fan base. I know Iowa is a long ways away for some, but the more people know about it, the better. If just one more person shows up it’s enough to write this in my eyes. If you’re unable to share or don’t feel comfortable doing so I completely understand. If you have a better idea as far as who to contact in the area I’d love to know about it. I appreciate your time so very much.

Lastly, thank you for everything; for the dozen shirts hanging in me and my husband’s closets. Thank you for the laughter. Thank you for the support you give to the entire military community. Thank you for your service.

Merry Christmas, Happy holidays and lots of love.

Terri Friday

Event Details:

On Sunday, December 23rd at 7:00pm, we are meeting in Ava’s neighborhood to walk down her cul-de-sac and sing Christmas Carols. Everyone needs to bring their own candle…preferable a jar candle so the wind will not blow it out. We will be singing O Christmas Tree and Silent Night, so brush up on your skills! We are meeting HERE. We need hundreds of people, please help make the Wheatly family’s Christmas special!

Remember, it’s a secret.





  1. JR Baumgarten

    December 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    any possibility to give gifts to Ava Jean or requests from the family?

    • Terri Friday

      December 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

      JR I’d be happy to discuss that with you. I am the one who wrote the letter and can give further information if that would be okay with you. How amazing that a stranger is willing to do something like that. Thank you so much.

    • Paul Alsted

      December 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

      As far as gifts, there are no specific requests. Just normal things that little girls love….anything pink or purple!

  2. Paul ALsted

    December 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I am Ava Jean’s uncle. THank you so much for participating, it means more to the family than you will ever know…keep up the good work, and let me know if there is anything I can do to help you guys. Merry Christmas! :’)

  3. Terri Friday

    December 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    For any questions, comments etc, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] I am the one who wrote to ranger up. Thanks so much for all your help! It’s amazing!

  4. Paul Alsted

    December 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    My number is 515-419-4650, please feel free to call me with any questions!

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