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Ogden 5K Reminder

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Remember – we have a Wacky team organized for the 5k on May 19th. Just to be clear – we WALK, not run, so that we don’t miss any funny stories. So far, there are 5 participants in the half marathon (refer to Lee’s Wacky Goofy) though the rest of us will be in the 5K. I am inviting participants to visit our home on May the 18th for an informal dinner – probably around 7:00 p.m. after you have picked up your participant packet at the Union Station in Ogden. Be sure to stop by and visit our Wacky booth at the expo! At the dinner, I will have official Wacky running shirts to purchase if you want to wear it for the 5k. This is really the only fundraising us 5k’ers will be doing (Lee has his own thing going – see video posted on April 18th). Dinner is optional, of course, and you just need to let me know if you want a shirt before the race and we’ll make some other arrangements.

On race day, we can all meet up at the shuttle in Ogden which departs at 6:00 a.m. I know. I know. We will, of course, be dressed in Wacky attire. We will also have a Wacky booth at the finish line where we can meet up again and wait for our half marathoners – unless they pass us up, which could happen!

Please visit the following link to register:
http://www.getoutandlive.org/races/5k-ogden-marathon

Be sure to enter “wackywarriors” as the event code – that will help me keep a list of everyone who is going to be on our team!

Call me if you have any questions. Please don’t hesitate to invite any other family members or friends who you think might enjoy being Wacky for a day!

CureSearch

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We’ve been talking quite a bit about First Descents lately and their amazing accomplishments.  Now I would like to share some recent news about CureSearch, the other foundation we have supported wholeheartedly in prior years.  Last week, they announced the following:

CureSearch to Award Young Investigator Grants in 12 Areas of Children’s Cancer Representing the Highest Risk and Poorest Outcomes for Children with Cancer.

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer today announced 12 $100,000 grants for scientists focused on innovative research offering the greatest potential to design treatments and improve outcomes for children with difficult-to-treat cancers.”

Click here to read the entire article.

What excites me so much is that Nick’s cancer, alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma – an extremely rare childhood cancer, is one of the rare cancers to be researched!  As we have posted time and time again, childhood cancer receives less than 1% of all money raised for cancer research.   Click here for some interesting statistics provided by  People Against Childhood Cancer (although posted in 2010) with a disclaimer to state the intention is to validate the lack of funding for childhood cancer, not to discredit other foundations.

Wacky Warriors are proud to have supported CureSearch in the past and will continue to evaluate their performance for future consideration of additional donations.

Please consider joining our Wacky 5k team in the upcoming Ogden Marathon on May 19th (refer to “Events” for more information).

It’s happening…  we are making a difference – together.  Thank you!

 

The Wacky Goofy is off and running!

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On Saturday, April 21st, Ashley, Paul, Lee and Dave took off in the early morning in Salt Lake City to participate in the Salt Lake City half marathon race.  One down and only eight to go!  All four have committed to running the “Wacky Goofy” series of half marathons, capping off the last race in Orlando, Florida in January.  Ashley, if you are just now reading this, please talk to your dad (Paul) immediately – he has something to talk to you about!  All four posted respectable times and are looking forward to the Ogden City half marathon on May 19th.  Note: this is very, very easy for me to write about as my only contribution to running a half marathon is to wait at the finish line with my camera and cheers.  And I like it that way.

                             Ashley, Paul, Lee & Dave

Speaking of the Ogden City event, I’ve finally pulled my head out of the sand and have started the effort in getting a Wacky team together for the 5k on May 19th. Just to be clear – we WALK, not run, so that we don’t miss any funny stories.  So far, there are 5 participants in the half marathon (sold out in hours) and I have myself, Carly & Kelsey registered for the 5k.  The plan is to visit our home on May the 18th for an informal dinner – probably around 7:00 p.m. after you have picked up your participant packet at the Union Station in Ogden.  Be sure to stop by and visit our Wacky booth at the expo!  At the dinner, I will have official Wacky running shirts to purchase if you want to wear it for the 5k.  This is really the only fundraising us 5k’ers will be doing (Lee has his own thing going – see video posted on April 18th).  Dinner is optional, of course, and you just need to let me know if you want a shirt before the race and we’ll make some other arrangements.

Stages of Grief

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Apparently, the experts have determined there are 5 stages of grief:

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

 

Apparently, I am experiencing them backwards.

The voices in my head are telling me that I accepted Nick’s death immediately, probably because of the long process cancer took us through.  I subsequently slipped into depression, for which I reached out for professional help.  I already used up my bargaining ideas, beginning from day one of diagnosis.  I am not one to hold on to anger as it is so emotionally and physically draining.  And, it really doesn’t do any good – what is, is – so what’s the point?  But here I was on Easter afternoon, FURIOUS!  Fit-to-be-tied.  Livid.  Irate.  Enraged.  Incensed.  Down right pissed off.  Once again, there was not a trigger for this emotion – very random, very intense.

We are in the tenth month of our year of “firsts” since Nick has died.  Christmas wasn’t nearly as difficult as Easter.  I can say that because Christmas was a good three months ago and Easter was Sunday.  I have neatly tucked away the emotions I felt at Christmas, except for how I felt every time I looked at his empty stocking hanging on the mantle.

Perhaps I was coming off the emotional high from the First Descents ball.  Perhaps it was because I was an Easter basket short this year.  Perhaps I am remembering our last Easter spent at the hospital when his physical decline was progressing so quickly.  I made a coconut cake and it turned out lopsided.  I prepared home-made bruschetta and it looked very peculiar, indeed.  I was completely out of sorts. Don’t get me wrong; I’m completely at peace spiritually with where Nick is now, especially grateful for the blessings of Easter.  It is the earthly peace I’m wrestling with now.

So, off we went to visit Nick’s grave – so ANGRY that as a mom, I had to go to a cemetery to visit my son.

We brought a blanket and the weather was spectacular.  Thankfully, we had gone to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform earlier in the morning.  The beautiful music still resonated in my heart, regardless of my state of mind.  I soon released the sobs waiting to come out and finally, the sun began to warm my body and the spirit of Easter began to warm my heart.  Nick’s grave was decorated so cute, I’m sure it annoyed him.  The best decoration was a lone purple crayon stuck up in the grass.  Don’t know why, but I thought that was terrific and I don’t even know how it got there.

Now that the weight and negative perspective that comes with anger has dissipated, I am looking forward to Kelsey’s softball game this afternoon.  I am looking forward to celebrating Carly’s upcoming mission call next week (now there is a Wacky Warrior!)  I’m looking forward to hearing the good news from our young friend, James, who is undergoing heart surgery this morning.  I’m looking forward to spending a weekend with Lee in early May.  I’m looking forward to the Wacky Warriors participating in the upcoming Ogden Marathon.  I’m looking forward to living again.

And, I suppose, “denial” is coming up soon.  Until then, here is a picture of Kelsey & Aerin, which kind of expressed how I was feeling on Sunday.

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