Dear warm-hearted and wonderful people in Colorado,
Thank you so much for sending me such a generous amount of money. It was such a heart warming moment to receive your positive thoughts and action. It has been 47 days since the earthquake and tsunami. It was really hard for me and all the people around me to
receive food and clothes. I had never before experienced trying to find food on the ground from hunger. But, finally I can be a little positive and start thinking about the future. It was such great timing to receive the money for me to move on.
It has been more than 10 years since I left Colorado, and it was so nice to feel the connection with the wonderful people in Colorado. I also thank Yumi for doing the charity event. I am sure it was so hard to organize and manage such a big event while working and being a parent. I truly appreciate not forgetting about me after so many years since we graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and moved on to our own lives. I am going to rent a small office space to restart my company. My customers are also suffering from the earthquake and tsunami and trying to figure out how to move on...so I really don’t know and many things are uncertain, but I am going to take a first step.
Editors Note: The fundraiser money went to Shigeru, a friend who lost his house when two semis floated through it; to a dairy farmer, whose cows floated away; to a fishing co-op, which lost boats; to Tohoku University, which lost its research facilities; to the city of Ishinomaki, which was wiped out; to NICCO, a Japanese non-profit which deals directly with this emergency; and the Red Cross, which will provide new household appliances for all new houses built for the evacuees. Donations are still being accepted at Matsuri Restaurant for Japan.