Wednesday, May 03, 2006

When Everything Stops....

and You Get a New Perspective on What is Really Important in Life

Iron Wil (Through th3 Wall) is always talking about how at mile 21 you are not worried about those things in your life that seemed so huge at mile 2. When you are running, or biking, or swimming, you get to a point where you work it all out. Gain some perspective. Let go of the things you can't help. That is a great feeling, and a really good way to gain some perspective on your life, if you can find the time to get away for a 21 mile run, 30 mile bike or really long swim. But for the rest of us, who struggle to find the time to work out for that long in one sitting, we are reminded in another way.
Maybe it is something we read. Or a thoughtful lyric on the radio. Maybe we're reminded of our immortality because we carelessly almost crash the car. Or, sometimes, it is an email.....

A good friend of mine, Randi Weiss, recently sent out this email asking for help on behalf of her sister and nieces. Randi is on the TriGirls team with me and is an amazing woman. Her sister, Lauri, lives in Baltimore and was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. Talk about gaining some perspective....
Lauri's youngest daughter is my son RedFish's age, this more than anything struck me. Every toddler needs their mama. I keep thinking this can't happen. She just had a baby.

My mother was diagnosed with a similar Leukemia about 10 years ago and is now considered cured. This is a cause close to my heart. Here is a link to Lauri's story and webpage. If you are willing, consider being tested to see if you could be a bone marrow donor.
These kids need there mama.

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