It’s been somewhat of an emotional and humbling week for me. This past week I found that three friends of mine were just recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The same kind of cancer that my Mother fought back in 2012. It breaks my heart, especially when thinking of their kids and small families.
Cancer sucks. It sucks bad. Cancer isn’t fair. Cancer doesn’t care who you are. Cancer doesn’t care how old you are. Cancer doesn’t care how rich or poor you may be. Cancer doesn’t care how much faith or unbelief you might have.
And, for me that was the hardest thing to accept when my Mom was diagnosed with her cancer. Especially when we sat in the waiting room of the Huntsman Cancer Institute as my Mom was under the knife. While we sat there praying and waiting for reports from the doctor, there were a number of other families and friends getting reports that were less favorable. One that I overheard where the doctor told the family that it was “too late” and the cancer had spread elsewhere.
As much as I hate cancer, I was extremely touched by the support my Mother got from friends, family members and complete strangers. The amount of love and support that she and our family got was OVERWHELMING! And, I don’t say that with one iota of exaggeration. That’s why it’s been amazing watching the love and support come out within the running community when we learned that our friend Meridith aka Dith was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Tomorrow we’re all wearing pink for her at the Timp Half. We’ve also started a team for the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Hometown Heroes non-profit to run for donation. And, we’re all just spreading and share our love and support in our own way. Which I learned is the best way to show support. There is no cookie cutter way to show love and support through these difficult times, you use your God given talents, because that’s the best gift you can give anyone.
Anyways, I will update more about the weekend events and fundraisers in my race report on Monday.
If you would like to join the Huntsman Hometown Heroes team we started you can do so here. Also, if you’d like to donate money instead you can do it at that link as well. Our goal is to raise $5000 before the end October. A lofty goal, but attainable.
TOMORROW’S RACE: TIMP HALF
Tomorrow is race #101. I won’t lie … kinda weird being in the hundreds. But, I love it. I am really excited about the Timp Half for a number of reasons. First and forthmost, I love American Fork Canyon. Probably the most gorgeous canyon I’ve ran up here in northern Utah. I would say Utah, but that belongs to Snow Canyon. Nothing beats Snow Canyon in my opinion. I love that canyon.
The other reason is what I had mentioned above about my friend ‘Dith. We’re all wearing pink and running in her honor as this will be her last race before she starts her cancer treatments. It will be somewhat of an emotional race. At least that is what I am planning for, because there is nothing I hate more than cancer. Especially after seeing my mother fight it over three years ago.
It will be a race of many emotions and feelings I am sure of that.
THE FRIDAY FARTLEK
Here are a few things that caught my attention this past week …
- Going back to my original gym, Firehouse Fitness, starting on Monday. Pretty stoked. I’ve missed working out there. I will post more about this later next week.
- I never knew this much about Fraggle Rock. Very, very, very interesting.
- My niece spent the afternoon at our place while her parents went out so we set up the pool in the yard. She wanted to play with the neighbors, but after their Mom wouldn’t them play I decided to hop in with Koko. Not only was it fun, but I got a new favorite picture taken with her, how can you not love this picture?
- This has been an interesting story to follow this past week. I have mixed feelings. I don’t agree with the tactics that the dentist and guides took to lure the lion off the reserve. And, I don’t necessarily agree with the killing of exotic animals for sport. But, geez, if people were this passionate about other people and curing the ills of the world this would be a better place!
- This is actually a pretty cool read. This one is as well.
- I’ve spent my time around enough toddlers to know that this is 100% true.
- Went to the temple with my family this past week. Great experience (as always) and my first time doing a session Draper Temple. It’s a pretty temple, the celestial room is especially awe inspiring.
- Speaking of the temple, I also accidentally walked off with one of their pens. I feel slightly guilty, but considering it’s a white BIC pen I am going to now use this as my exclusive tithing pen. Seems only fitting.
- Some of these are hilariously ridiculous. I was only sent to detention ONCE my whole life. And, I deserved it, unlike some of those poor souls.
- I took this picture of my oatmeal the other and I won’t lie, I might want to frame it.
- Speaking of food I took pictures of this past week, this is a picture of the sushi I had ate last week for my free meal. I went after my race on Friday with Dave. It hit the spot!
- I don’t know why or how I sucked into this, but it’s intriguing … Katy Perry vs. Nuns. Seems like a Celebrity Death Match waiting to be made.
- I was a distracted kid back in the day (still very much a distracted man today) so I am kind of surprised I didn’t discover something cool like popsicles.
- I’ve been shopping at the wrong grocery store.
- I shouldn’t care, but I am sucked into this Twitter fued between Nicki and T-Swift. Must. Back. Away.
- This might not have much substance to it, but it speaks the truth.
- Wasn’t this the same company that touted Jared walking to Subway for lunch and dinner to aid in his weight loss? I guess since he’s no longer around … it doesn’t matter?
- I’m not pregnant (but, around enough of people who are) so I shouldn’t be overly emotional about these, but some of these acts of kindness really touched me.
- Um, yum!
- This looks pretty cool, but let’s be honest … I wouldn’t want a 3D printer that makes sod, I’d want one that made killer looking pancakes.
- I got two goldfish as pets the other day … annnnnnnnd … they both died within 48 hours. They weren’t even Walmart goldfish!?
- Of all the sodas mentioned in this article the one I remembered and loved the most was the Slice. I even remember Apple Slice. That was my favorite as a kid.
- I am not sure if this really applies to me, but I feel that it somewhat does.
- I feel like I need this. Like, yesterday. And, that’s probably a good place to stop, eh?
FRIDAY FUNNY PHOTOS