BENEFITING: LAZAREX CANCER FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: LAZAREX CANCER FOUNDATION
We have decided to do something in honor of our Moms! Below is our story and we hope that you get as inspired as we are for honoring the most amazing women we have known. #showthelove #makeadifference #donate #celebrateyourhealth
2015 will mark the 20th year without my mother. The time has passed so quickly, yet not a day has gone by over the past 20 years that I haven't thought about her and the void that she left with her passing. I had a wonderful and idyllic childhood and took for granted that the world that I knew would always be such. The news of the diagnosis, "Stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiform", is as palpable today as it was back in late September 1995, and the words will forever be etched into my memory. Sadly, she had a mere six weeks left with us, but her determination and will to fight cancer and live the duration of the life that she also expected was truly inspiring.
It has been bittersweet to dig through pictures to prepare this message, but there are so many happy memories through the tears. My mother's passion and purpose was her family, and she was the epitome of the loving, nurturing, thoughtful, dedicated parent and friend that my brothers and I were so lucky to call Mom. She touched so many lives beyond just ours though, and that has been abundantly clear with the outpouring of love and support that we received so many years ago and still today.
Words cannot express how much I miss my mother and how sad I am that she has missed so many of our milestones, yet her strength and love have carried me through many days, both when she was here on earth as well as when she has lived only in my heart. As much as I would rather have her here with me today, the greatest thing that I can do is honor my mother's memory and celebrate her life by helping to fight the disease that took her far too soon. Any pledge of support, no matter how large or small, will not only help honor my mother's legacy but also help countless others not to face the world without a loved one whose absence is unimaginable. Please join me in making a difference and celebrating the lives of three very special women, Susan Kendrick, Joyce Bonner, and Suzanne Brown!
This July 23rd will mark 10 yrs that my mother, Joyce, lost her long battle to Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML).
For those of you who knew her, I’m certain you would agree that words alone simply don’t do justice to describe her. Her sweet, southern voice; her friendship; her smile; her hugs; her humor and unforgettable cackle; priceless words of wisdom and her old sayins’; her encouragement and spiritual guidance; her cooking; her honest opinion during shopping sprees; her very presence. I miss them all. I miss my mother. She was fortunate to have surrounded herself with people she loved and had the most precious friends!
For those that were not fortunate enough to have met her, you should know that she was the true essence of a southern lady; she was a FABULOUS hairdresser; had a very strong faith; was the best listener any friend/sister/wife/grandmother/mother that anybody could ask for! If only she could be here to meet our son, Wilkes… it’s hard to breathe when I think about him not knowing his “Mimi”. I definitely have my days, but I clutch tightly to the everlasting memories of her legacy, and I smile. I’m often told that I’m a lot like her, and I often find myself saying or doing so many things like her! I am grateful for the 31 years I had with her, and I can only hope and pray that I am half the mother and friend she was.
I don’t want this letter to be sad, because I want to take the opportunity of this 10 year anniversary to celebrate my mother’s beautiful soul and her life. Most of all, I want to join the fight for a cure!
My mom told me she was diagnosed with breast cancer the day after I got back from my honeymoon. I went from a super happy high to a not so super happy high. She was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer. I always told my Mom she was unique and special so the fact that she was diagnosed with a rare cancer makes her more unique and special. My mom is simply the best; she is the definition of a lady, with a generous heart, giving soul, and my best friend. I love her with every part of my heart. She has a lot more life to live and champagne to drink. To be able to honor my Mom with my best friends along with Ashley's Mom and Aunt Joyce up in heaven would be just super fabulous and awesome. I am so blessed to be surrounded with such spectacular friends and family to celebrate my mom. My mom is now cancer free and I want to rasie money and help celebrate my moms success and the great legacy of Susan Kendrick and Joyce Bonner on race day!