Monday, October 11, 2010

Celebrating Life, Love and Hope

This past Saturday I had the honor of walking in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure with some dear friends to celebrate our friend, Patty. Almost a year ago, Patty was diagnosed with breast cancer and began a journey toward recovery that was not easy, but which God graciously led her through. Today, Patty is cancer-free and we wanted to celebrate! And we were glad that she drove us to the Race, 'cause as a Survivor, she got a prime parking spot!

Before we got out of the van, we spent some time in prayer, thanking God for what He has done in her life, to bring her to this point. We also spent some time lifting up other women and men who are currently in the middle of battles against cancer. One thing I came away with from this event was that while we were among many who were there to celebrate life and survivorship, there were many others who were there to walk or run in memory of a loved one or friend who lost the battle. It was especially sobering and humbling to me to see young children with t-shirts memorializing a grandmother, aunt or a mom. I also appreciated seeing teen-aged boys out there running, realizing that some of them would one day have a wife with breast cancer.

It was a beautiful day to walk and it was fun to be with Patty on her first Race as a Survivor. We also met another Survivor, who was celebrating being two years cancer-free on that exact day of the event.

We ended the morning at The Perch enjoying crepes together.

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