Monday! It’s one day of the week most people dread. I woke up this morning feeling a bit of the winter blue. Then I got a phone call from the man I love most in my life: papa. “I wanted to call to wake you up for work and to see how the walk was last night.” “Ha ha,” I giggled thinking back to the quote I saw somewhere “Ain’t no bad joke like a dad’s joke.”
“It was wonderful” I started to tell him. “There were hundreds of people with different color lanterns. The red ones we had were for families. The white ones were for survivors, so K (one of the family’s dearest friends) had one. The yellow ones were for in memories of.” I continued to tell papa who were there from the family, what we did, etc.
“Love you papa,” I said. “Love you too,” he responded, and my day turned into a bright and sunny winter day.
It is so easy for us to forget the power of LOVE and FAMILY. In our crazy, modern lives we forget to stop and be thankful for the people we have in our lives. Last night, we walked with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of MN and hundreds of others. This one night we celebrated lives, and we remember the heroes we lost because of blood cancer and lymphoma. I walked to celebrate my adopted brother’s triumph over lymphoma, to support a family’s friend who’s fighting Leukemia, and to remember my aunt who passed away from the same cancer. Beside me, in front of me and surround me were the people I love, the people who love me, and strangers who love and are loved. Blood cancer is a terrible monster. However, I strongly believe that LOVE and HOPE dominate!
Last night, we raised our lanterns for LOVE, for HOPE, and for a FUTURE with no cancer. Today, I’m writing this memory down to remind me and all of us that in the midst of life, we are still surrounded by HEROES, by LOVE and by HOPE.
Last year I ran for the 2017 woman of the year for LLS to fund raise and fuel HOPE. This year, I’ll be guiding the amazing 2018 candidates with their fundraising coming up in March. I am humbled and thrilled to meet these incredible candidates who are coming together to fight blood cancer. This is what human race is about, this is what we are about. This is what makes Mondays so amazing!