Thursday, September 17, 2009

Random thoughts at 18 months

Today marks eighteen months of Kelly's passing.

There is a line from the Star Wars movie, A New Hope that I really like.

Obi-Wan Kenobi says to Darth Vader, "You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine".

He eventually sacrifices himself so that Luke and the others can escape. His body disappears before being struck by Vader's light sabre becoming a spirit in the force.

I think of this and how it applies in this fight that rages on with cancer. I often hear others describe how someone has lost their fight with cancer after a long courageous battle.

So much like Darth Vader was confused at to the whereabouts of Obi-Wan, I like to think that cancer is just as mystified when it thinks it has struck someone down.

There is a young woman in my office that is part of my company's Light the Night walk team. Her dad passed away from Leukemia eleven years ago. She is currently my team's top fund raiser for this years walk.

Laiken Kenwood's family and friends continue to raise money and awareness about childhood cancer, organize bone marrow drives.

The Rocky Mountain Team in Training cycling team has raised 98,000 dollars for this seasons ride. I know Kelly's story and her spirit have moved and inspired countless people in this battle with cancer.

Cancer did not strike Kelly down. Cancer did not strike Laiken down.

Cancer came to call one final time only to find it was too late.

Cancer can't win. Kelly and Laiken and so many others have become more powerful than cancer can possibly imagine.


  1. L&L, Ross. For Kelly. For Laiken. I'm so proud of you. And grateful that we have come to meet in this way...

  2. Your efforts mean so very much!