And things are hopping around here. We’re making all of the usual preparations for the holidays and a couple of extra even.
But even more important, There are the OTHER preparations that begin at this time of year. Captain HBB has finally made a decision and announced to me just the other night that the team should remain here in the old home town. And so I will register the Brain Trust Relay team with our local Relay For Life for 2009 which takes place in June. That means fund raising kick off is just around the corner, people!
And this is important to us for many reasons. The first of these, of course, is our deep gratitude that HBB will celebrate 8 years of life since his diagnosis in 2009. That’s big. But there are other things… Like the diagnoses that happened in the past months that I’ve already written about. And the battles that are being waged by bloggers and the friends and family of bloggers throughout teh internetz.
Only a couple of weeks ago one of our very first brain tumor warriors sent a message via email, newsletter and his facebook page that he was headed in to the hospital for surgery for a recurrence. This was a seriously huge shock to all who have followed his path these many years. As always, he has continued to be an inspiration to all with wit and words of hope, courage and grace.
A local teacher, Kim, a beautiful person inside and out, who has also had a recurrence of her cancer. Last month she received a Courage Award from ACS. I was so happy to read about this. I met Kim a couple of years ago at an ACS event. What a bright light. It was heartbreaking to hear that her cancer had returned. There have been stories in the newspapers and online news sites here about her and about how there is currently a campaign for people who know her to write an email to Ellen DeGeneres to tell her why she should contact Kim. You see, Kim’s current battle is a big one. When her breast cancer came back, it recurred in her liver and bones. And the chemo and radiation she is going through now is causing her much pain. But the one thing she can do daily is watch Ellen and get a laugh. So her teaching partner at school had this idea. I hope Ellen does contact her.
So we’re off again. Well, we’re nearly off. It’s that time again. It’s time to pull together a team. And take a deep breath. And see if we can’t pull together some donations once again.