I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your summer. I've been doing my best to hang in there and keep my chin up, but as you can probably imagine, it's incredibly tough. Writing this note is anything but easy this year.
Monday (6/11) marked two months since my beautiful Mother passed. I'm still having a hard time swallowing the fact that she's gone, but she is ever present and around us everywhere. Knowing her spirit lives within and around me keeps me going.
Mom was a warrior and battled her breast cancer with determination, fortitude and optimism. She was the strongest person I've ever known and she was a fearless advocate for herself and so many women in our community. As her daughter and best friend, I feel so fortunate to have witnessed the most incredible effort and fight put forth by my Mom. Don't ask me how, but Mom managed to gracefully navigate her challenging journey and keep her life in balance. What an inspiration. I reminded her often that she was a super hero and a bright light. She taught us all to never give up.
There are many individuals out there that continue to face the uphill battle of cancer. Each new day brings hope that a cure will be found. I told Mom that although she finished her fight, I will keep fighting. This year, in Mom's honor, I will complete the 11th Annual Tri for a Cure as a solo participant. I wanted to do this for Mom and I think she would be proud. Training is well underway and I'm happy to report that the Holden Hope relay team lives on with Lynn Smith as team captain and swimmer, Aunt Heidi Haskell as the biker and Aunt Joanie Samuelson as the runner. This year's race will be extremely difficult without Mom, but I know she'll be close by.
I've raised the bar on my fundraising and am determined to make a difference - just like Mom did every day. Please join me in raising funds to provides resources, support and advanced care to those still battling the disease. Join me in honoring my beautiful angel and best friend. We all miss her dearly.
I know there will be many tears out on the course this year and I hope to see some familiar faces along the route and around SMCC. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and means so much to our family and the Maine cancer community. Thank you for the continued support, love, and memories of Mom.