I am the youngest of four children and the only girl. Not spoiled at all! My two middle brothers are twins and 4 years older than me. I can't remember the year exactly but I think it was about 1993 when I received a call from my mother telling me that Dan, the oldest twin, was sick. He was going for tests and they determined that he had brain cancer. Now in 1993 that diagnosis was pretty much a death sentence. He had his first surgery and I remember talking to him the next morning and he told me that he could feel his brain taking over the space in his head. And later he told me that he would not give up. Some day there will be a cure for it all. Dan was a gentleman in many ways. He was a potter and made beautiful things with his large hands. He would talk to whoever walked up to his kick wheel and seemed to really love the children. He had an easy smile and loved to make others laugh. He finally lost his never ending battle in 1999. I remember my mother telling me how difficult it is to lose a child. I hope I never have to experience it and pray for those who have.
Along with that I am a survivor in a much different way. In 2008 I found out that I had renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer). But in a very surreal situation I did not have any treatments. It seems that when my doctor removed my kidney he also took out the tumor. My survival looks so much different than many others.
Dan is my reminder to never give up on the fight to end cancer. This year I am the county chairman for our event. We form teams, raise money, provide 18 hours of fun and walk to celebrate those lives who have had cancer, remember those who have not survived and fight back for those of the future. It has been a challenge for me. A lot of time and management of a wonderful dedicated committee. And very rewarding. At this time we are only about seven weeks away from our event and so much left to do. Still trying to meet our goal of 30 teams, still making final plans for our survivor dinner with some great numbers of survivors and praying for good weather.
If you have been touched in some way by this disease I urge you to find your local event and go walk the track. Raise a little money, join a team or help with the event in some way. It is a wonderful experience. My name is Deb and I am a Relayer.