Kelly battled her Leukemia for almost 12 years and her spirit was so much stronger than her cancer. She changed my life in so many way. She was 10 years old when I first began running for her, and her courage, who she was changed my life.
It will be a love story, and she will be my heroine for all time, and her name will be Kelly....
|Kelly with her beloved puppy Abby|
I had the honor to contribute this piece to Maya Stein's anthology, Lost Highway and Living Rooms.
The phone rang on Friday Your Dad calling me to tell me you had taken a turn for the worse; your kidneys were starting to shut down. The end was near. Were you afraid? You had fought for so long, so hard to get home, to be surrounded by your family and friends. I did not know what else to do as I waited so I ran.
I waited for the phone to ring again, dreading the final call. I ran a race on Sunday morning, crying through the first two miles. That was not how I wanted to honor your life so I raced the final two miles. I am your runner so I ran, with my head high. I saw a friend after the race; I wanted to fall in her arms for comfort. She knew what you meant to me.
I spent the afternoon at the park with my kids and my great nephew, circle of life. The phone rang at 5:30 Monday morning. I knew it was your Dad calling. You were gone, finally free from your cancer. I pulled the car over and cried. I tried to go to work for a while. I left work and went running. I am your runner. What else was there to do?
A dear friend of mine, Cassandra Perkins shares a birthday with Kelly and she is fighting for what was important to Kelly. A world without cancer, a world of faith, hope and love....Fighting for Jack and Taylor.
|Cassandra with Jack, 2012 Boy of the Year|
|Cassandra with Taylor, 2012 Girl of the Year|
If you would like to make a donation to support Cassandra efforts to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and honor Kelly's life please click the link here.