Jon ran out of time on June 1, 2013. So for the second time this year I road with a flag for the other survivors – Angela, Nicholas, and Rachel (Jon’s wife, son, and daughter). I only know Jon through the stories his cousin, Mark, as passed to me since his death. He sounds like he was a heck of a fighter. As I road this week with this flag, my thoughts kept moving to all these other survivors. We regularly read and see the heroic fight cancer survivors put up, but there are rarely any stories of the collateral damage cancer causes. I have no idea what Angela, Nicholas, and Rachel are going through. If there is any comfort at a time like this, I hope they will know that someone in Michigan is thinking about the fight they must continue without their husband and Dad. It stinks! It is not fair! I cried with and for you this week. I am sorry!
I met George (Mr. Martell) when I was in junior high. His son, Brad, and I did almost everything together for many years. The things I remember from that time about George are he took me for my first motor boat ride (my family did sail boats), we could not get in his car without making sure there was a towel under our feet (a clean towel!), and he taught me to put peanut butter on my pancakes (I won’t even touch a pancake today without peanut butter – why bother?). Today George is practically living at the Mayo Clinic. He has cancer that is along his spinal cord. He comes home for holidays but the half day drive is really tough. While I wish it was not needed, I was honored to make a $28 donation to Livestrong in George’s name and to pull this flag behind my bike. Although I do not eat many pancakes these days, I eat my oatmeal with a big glob of peanut butter and say a little thank you prayer for George.