I know that there are a lot of words below, but please take 5 minutes to read about something really important to me 🙂
So I have this friend, Katie – who was my childhood BFF, and have been friends for 20+ plus years now. We met in 3rd grade, and instantly became best friends, and did everything together from then till about when we started high school (when we started spending time with other people too) 😉 . We always vacationed together growing up, and spent all non-school days having sleep overs and spending most of our childhood together. So its easy to say that her family was a second set of parents for me, and I love them dearly! Although we haven’t spent as much time together as much as we did before, I would be there for her and her family at the drop of a hat, if they ever needed anything. No doubt about it. Katie is also the one friend, that ALWAYS remembers the anniversary of my father’s passing, and ALWAYS sends me a very heart felt e-mail about how much she loved him, and how he was like a father to her too. Just thinking about it brings me to major tears (totally crying right now). There are no words to describe how much that means to me every single time. I feel like memories of my dad are always slipping away from me, but Katie always seems to remind me of how amazing he was (although, thats one thing I could never forget!) :).
So a few days ago I got some bad news from Katie. After about 15 years or so of her mother going in religiously for her yearly routine exams, they just discovered that she has stage 4 breast cancer, and that it has spread to her lungs. I burst into tears instantly (as I am now, of course). My heart aches so badly for Katie, since I know how this feels… the sudden news that rocks your world in all the wrong ways, and tosses you into a state of shock. It just plain sucks not knowing what to expect, and wondering how something so scary can happen to someone so amazing. And I am just heart broken for her mom Eileen, and her dad Steve for just having to deal with this, and for everything that I know is in their future, with treatment, and sometimes really tiring (emotionally, as well as physically) healing. Although I know God has this all planned out ,and that he is embracing them so tightly. It just pains me like crazy to know that they are having to deal with this sudden news, and jump into treatment (chemo actually starts on Friday for Eileen).
For Katie’s birthday this year, she is trading in the normal night out partying , for the 2012 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon, 10K, 5K Run/Walk, 1K Kid’s Fun Run and Bike Tour benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (yes, that is the full name of the walk 😉 ). When she invited me to join her, and surprise her mom with a team cheering her on, I did not think twice about it, and signed my hubby and toddler up for the 5k walk with me, and let me tell you – I could not be any more excited to show Eileen support!!!
This is where you come in. I need just a little bit of your help. Seriously, even if its just $1, I will take it. (or you can even toss in $5 and I will make your morning cup of joe at my place, no prob! 😉 . I know the money is not the main thing, but I can imagine that if Eileen sees how much we raise for her as a team, she will feel like she is getting a GIANT hug, and feel so loved! 🙂
So please help me give Eileen a big giant hug, and support her , her husband, my friend Katie, all of the people who love them dearly, and me and my family as we walk for a cure for to end this horrible thing that is called cancer!
PLUS! For every donation of $25 or more, you will be entered into a raffle for a FREE portrait session!! Read more about that here: http://blairnicolephotography.com/blog/2012/03/portrait-session-raffle/
To help , please click over to my personal page for the walk , here : http://pcrf-kids.org.kintera.org/cincodemayohalfmarathon/blairvb
If you are here to support my hubby and donate to his page for the walk, click here: http://pcrf-kids.org.kintera.org/cincodemayohalfmarathon/seanvb
Donate to either one and it goes to the same great cause, but who does’t love a little friendly competition? 😉
The walk is on May 6th, so feel free to donate away till then!! Thank you so so so much for you time and support!! It honestly means the world to me.
***Oh! and one more thing, if you could leave a little encouragement for my friend Katie, and her mom Eileen , and dad Steve in the comments section below, and keep them in your prayers – I know they would love and appreciate it! 🙂