Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Who do you Stand Up for?
Last night, Lou and I attended the Home Run Derby and proudly stood up for Ty. Thank you, Stand Up 2 Cancer, for making ground-breaking discoveries in cancer research, and for putting them into the real hands of cancer patients so quickly and with so much promise. I look forward to the amazing things your Pediatric Dream Team will discover! The TLC Foundation is so proud to support this organization.
When the entire stadium stood up for a moment of silence, everyone holding up a placard in honor of a loved one, I just couldn't help by cry my eyes out. It was breathtaking and beautiful and oh so tragic. I only wish the placards were larger so I could have covered it with names. Aunt Mary, Aunt Connie, Annemarie M., Bernice F., Bill K., Mike M., Debbie M., Amanda D., Rosemary S., and those are just some of my friends and family who have fought this demon. Then there are the kids I have met, followed, read about. Oh my God! Sadly, there isn't a placard big enough.
Bryce Harper -- who reminds me of Ty all grown up with his incredible hair :) -- stood up for 12 year old cancer patient Gavin Rupp. Amazing.
I am so blessed and lucky to have such wonderful opportunities, and to be able to share these experiences with Lou. He and I do so much together, and would be lost without one another. I am so lucky to have him by my side, to catch me when I fall, to embrace me when I feel overwhelmed, and to wipe my tears in a crowded baseball stadium, looking me in the eyes with complete love and understanding.
The mess fest is just weeks away, and September will be here before we know it. I have been so incredibly busy trying to prepare for both. I've been writing a LOT, but press materials instead of blog posts. It is taking a toll, but I hope to have tons of great things to report in upcoming weeks, and ways in which you can all support the cause. Thank you so much for continuing to care so much, and for honoring Ty. XOXO.