Monday, November 14, 2011

crossing the finish line

It's amazing how life can be so bright and then in an instant, can be darkened so quickly.  How at one moment someone could be running in a marathon, and the next moment, fighting for their life.

Last summer, after running in a triathlon, a parent and friend from our children's school was diagnosed with myelodysplasia (MDS), a form of cancer that affects the bone marrow's ability to produce proper white blood cells and platelets. The only cure was a stem cell transplant. 

His unwavering determination and faith helped him and his family work towards finding a donor, and a cure.  
A father of three and a veteran triathlete, he had the drive, determination and strong faith that he would find a donor and would be cured.  His prayers were answered, a life saving marrow donor was located, and the transplant took place.

Unfortunately, just a few months later, his body rejected the transplant, and his health deteriorated quickly.  He passed away Saturday night, surrounded by his loving family.

His passing is another reminder to live life to the fullest while you're here on this earth.  To hug and kiss your loved ones everyday, and at every chance, let them know you love them.  Sometimes it's the little victories that help you move forward. Sometimes it's what you and your loved ones need to make it through to the end.  Although our friend lost his battle to cancer, with the hearts of family and friends, he was a winner when he crossed the finish line.

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