“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” ~Fabienne Fredrickson
This year is the Team 4 Hope’s 5th Anniversary and I am so proud to have been an active member of this amazing team since it first began. Although I’m certain five years may seem like a lifetime to some, I believe this is just the beginning…
This is the beginning of AWARENESS. This is the beginning of RESEARCH. This is the beginning of HOPE.
Over the past five years, I have learned things about myself and I have learned things about childhood cancer.
I have learned that I have more grit and determination than I ever thought possible. Physically and mentally. I have also learned that I never give up. Ever. Challenge? Bring it. Big challenge? Even better. Think I can’t? Watch me.
I have learned that childhood cancer can be immensely cruel. I have watched parents lose their child. I have watched siblings lose their baby sister. I have watched a sister lose her big brother.
I also lost an incredible friend. He was only 9 years old.
I have cried many, many tears for them all. They have taught me that life is sometimes far too short, so live it. My kids get even more suffocating hugs from me because of them. I have learned that HOPE really does exist. I have met warriors. Fierce ones. Little superheroes that are still here despite all of the odds.
Keep Calm and Carry On? No thanks. I’d rather raise some hell and change the world. Year after year, over and over again. 5 years and counting.
Dedicated to my friend Rene Soto, whose spirit was too big for this earth and whose giant smile will forever be etched in my heart.
Team 4 Hope 2011-2015