On the one year anniversary of Scott's death, just 2 days ago, the page in my Healing After Loss book was all about walking. How apropos! As this weekend is all about walking. The book described how healing going for a simple walk can be. It can heal your body and your spirit. It can help to clear your head and lift your spirits. But this weekend, walking means even so much more. Walking is about healing those who are suffering from cancer, both in spirit and in body. It is about coming together to help one another.
Yesterday, Saturday, we particpated in the Valerie Fund walk in Verona park for my niece, Katelyn (Scott's brother Ben's daughter). The Valerie Fund is the organization that helped Katelyn and her family through her battle with liver cancer when she was only a baby. We gathered together, yesterday, to give support to all the kids who battled or are currently battling cancer. We walked shoulder to shoulder to show her and her family our support and love of Katelyn --- wearing our tiaras and crowns as Princess Katelyn's Royal Court. We walked to let them know they are not alone, that we support them every step of the way. We walked with them to help them heal from the emotional effect that cancer has on everyone.
Today, we will walk together again. We will walk to join together to be Scott's Voice in the fight against brain cancer. We will continue the walk that we started 10 years ago in 2007 when Scott was leading our team. At the end of his speech in 2007, he said "We’ll be back here next year...bigger and stronger to continue this fight." He was right -- we returned every year possible to continue the fight. And each year the team grew bigger and the money that we raised grew bigger too. This year is no different. When I checked yesterday, we were 110 members strong. So today, Sunday June 11th, we will walk shoulder to shoulder again to raisee money to find a cure for all those still battling brain cancer. We knew Scott would need a cure some day, a cure that we knew did not exist. So we walked year after year to raise money to help the researchers find that cure. We never gave up and I'm not giving up today. I will continue this fight for him, in memory of him, in honor of him. The Spoerl Brainstormer team will walk today to collectively be Scott's voice in the fight against cancer and to continue to help all those still battling today.
Walking can heal. It can heal our bodies and our spirits. I'm hoping someday that walking together will help to heal all those diagnosed with cancer, that a cure will be found as a result of the millions and millions of people who walk each year to raise money to fight cancer. If you would still like to support our team, please click the link below. And thank you to all of you who already donated. It truly means the world to me.
To Donate to the 2017 Spoerl Brainstormre Voices Against Brain Cancer team, go to: spoerls2017