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Sincere thanks Denny, Jo (the pic brings back warm memories), Michelle (wowsers, your 3rd week of healing!!), Kay (yes 9 is fine by me), Daniel, Robin
(we all thank you for your devotion as manager), Parker !!!!, what would Freedom be without Joseph (and Joe), still crusin Harleyboy, JohnnyNoNic, HWC5
( in all frankness in answering your question, by the end of year two my thoughts of wanting ended. So to say it has gotten easier would wrongly imply at
least minimal challenge at some point after that, which there has been none.), Frits (thanks for the stroll down memory lane!!! Joanne shared
Carmen's post with me but I hadn't seen the others for years.), Vicki with 13,000 not smoked, our Bronze Pat, and Caroline!!!!! Thank you one and all!
Much is happening, and each of you are important parts of an amazing story. Over the years Freedom has been watched and studied. If we together took a
ride on the Internet's time machine back to 2000 and 2001, visited the major health sites and read the quitting lessons they were then sharing, in
contrast to what we were then teaching, I think most of you would be pleasantly surprised at how close many have today come to sharing core lessons here
at Freedom. It's heart warming to think that the contributions of each of us are having a growing impact on Internet cessation. As Joel wrote the
other day, it's still exciting! And time has flown at a tremendous rate.
If we are to continue to grow it'll probably take a much bigger team as there are far too many issues and way too little time. Our cessation lessons
have importance and application in youth prevention and someday I think we'll see a team of volunteers dedicated to teaching youth the true risk that
comes with that first cigarette. I see a team dedicated to keeping up with all the latest research, pouring over study after study, finding what's
important and transforming it into lessons and articles the average smoker can easily absorb. I see a team approach to running WhyQuit, keeping the pages
current, helping victims and survivors share their stories, keeping links working, and interfacing with the Youth and Study teams to grow its value while
making it more user friendly. Will it happen? I don't know. What I do know is dreaming is free!
Today in Google, under the most popular quitting search "Quit Smoking" WhyQuit was ranked 3rd.
That didn't happen by chance. It happened because each of you and our wonderful non-posting members made it happen. Think about it, our marketing
budge is always zero. No one arrives here that isn't referred by a person, site or seach engine. That's amazing. Where we go from here is up
to us. But my gut tells me that we have something of value to offer and what's exciting is finding new ways to reach out, as with Joel's videos.
My sincere thanks again to each of you whether you posted or not. Together we're an amazing team!
Still one rule ... none today!
John (Gold x9)
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