Do you have a Jedi knight in your life?
Who carries a light saber for you?
In the Star Wars trilogy there is much talk about the power of the force, especially the dark side.
What does the light saber symbolize?
To me it represents power. Light side Jedi knights use their power to help others. The light saber is used to defend, not to attack. It is only used for good.
Obi Wan Kenobi
This is my favorite line from any of the Star Wars movies. I replace the word Darth, with cancer. That is my message to cancer, from Kelly. Cancer never wins. Kelly's life is so powerful....
In an epic battle between good and evil, a lightsaber climax ensues between Darth Vader, and his former teacher. Obi Wan understood the power of the force and illustrates the inherent weakness of the dark side of the force, that in using it for evil, they fail to see its true power.
When I first talked to Cassandra about running as a woman of the year candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I gave her a blood cancer freedom fighter rock that was left over from when Laura and I ran the Paris marathon for Kelly.
The word on the back of the rock was "powerful". I asked Cassie to pick up her light saber, to be a global voice for a world without blood cancers. I knew she would be a powerful advocate for this cause.
|Inspiring messages from the Rock Fairy|
I have no doubt that Cassandra would use her light saber to protect and defend Taylor and Jack, the girl and boy of the year for the Rocky Mountain chapter.
|Taylor, Cassandra, and Jack at the grand finale.|
And for the last ten weeks of her campaign and in the weeks leading up to it that is exactly what she has done. She has stood for the possibility of a world without blood cancers, a world for Taylor and Jack to live in.
She has used her light saber to defend Taylor and Jack against the evil and unrelenting nature of cancer.
The dark side of of cancer will attempt to discourage those that take up the fight.
I think this would be Cassandra's message to cancer as she begins a new chapter in her life as a blood cancer freedom fighter.
"Never. I'll never turn to the dark side. I'll never give up. You've failed. I am a Jedi, like the freedom fighters before me.
|2011 Woman of the Year candidate, Catherine(16,far left) with Cassandra|
|Never Ever Give Up!|
My message to Cassandra is one of heartfelt gratitude for honoring the possibility that we can live in a world without blood cancer, that we can all make a difference for one another.
Thank you for being my light saber, for becoming a powerful ally in the fight against blood cancers.
Thank you for your friendship, for your support, for being a stand for my life.
For me, you will forever be the 2012 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Woman of the Year.
|My Woman of the Year!!!|