Twelve and a half years ago, when Erin was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, I never imagined where that diagnosis would take our family. Obviously, some of it has sucked in ways that can't be expressed. Walter and I would have gone to the moon and back to secure her survival. You never want to hold your child down so that people can stick needles in them. You never want your child to clutch and emesis basin like it is their oldest and best long-lost friend.
But this post isn't a complain or a whine post (if it was, there would be a different verb at the top of the page, you know like "Complain" or "Whine").
This post is an exhortation and an invitation.
First, the Invitation: In two weeks (Saturday, November 23) you can run at the new obstacle and survival course over in Manor (on 290 on the way to Austin) called The Crucible. This is a 5K race (and come on, if you can't run 5 you can walk it!).
The sponsor of the race is MaxCure Foundation. This New York City-based foundation puts kids with cancer and their families FIRST. My friend Richard Plotkin who is the grandfather of the "Max" in MaxCure claims that his friends doubt he is really from the political party he claims to be from because he gives away so much money (usually gift cards) to needy families.
Max Cure has chosen six families from Texas Children's Hospital to support using the proceeds from this race. They were chosen in honor of Erin. So if you run, you help these families and you honor Erin.
The Exhortation: Be Brave 24 has even more meaning. The 5K has 24 obstacles. Each one helps you remember an hour in the day of the life of a child with cancer. You can't avoid them. You have to face them. When you are a child with cancer (or their family) you live with cancer 24 hours a day. This race will make that fact a little more real to you. See if you can Be Brave-24.
You can check it out here at bebrave24.com.
Are you brave enough to challenge yourself to get to Manor and cross the finish line? If you haven't decided yet, consider this:
Maybe you are taking yourself and the challenge too seriously. Loosen up. Have some fun. Drive over to Manor and make a difference for some kids: Caleb, Jason, Faith, Payton, Konor, and Nathan. And do it in honor of Erin.