October 27, 2013
When I go through old photos of Erin, I'm hard pressed to find any with her alone--maybe the occasional school pic or a candid working on a homework project. More often they look like these:
Trick or treating as POTUS:
Group Chemo--we very rarely traveled to the hospital alone, though this was definitely a bigger than normal group.
Impromptu swimming at the Burchills, with Ayesha borrowing a suit from Erin.
Watching the Aggie Soccer team, en masse (what better way to keep warm than to travel in a pack)?
Heading out for a hike--always use the buddy system.
Even to the point of having your brother silk-screen matching branded shirts for everyone.
And we all know it takes a team to build a robot.
More than anything I can think of, Erin wanted her friends to get along--to love and support each other. And it wasn't just a "Pollyanna-ish" desire for everything to be bright and shiny. She would work on understanding the source of problems or hard feelings among her friend. She would have them talk it out. She would make peace. She would get people together and find their common interests.
It is with that inspiration that I started working with some like-minded folks a couple of years ago. This summer we launched the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer, a collaborative network of organizations and individuals supporting and serving the childhood cancer community.
We had our initial member drive with 55 organizations and 15 individuals joining so far. We had elected our initial board of directors this month, and Friday the board elected me as the President.
You can not imagine how humbling this entire experience has been and continues to be.