THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!
The 2014 Light the Night walk has come to an end but it was a memorable one again. It amazes me to hear how the Leukemia and Lymphoma spends the money. As I sat in my seat reading the big screen with some facts regarding blood cancers, my heart sad as I reminisced about my mom but happy to see how far cancer research has come.
I might not have raised as much money as last year but I feel the amount I raised is still making a big difference. They are still accepting donations for a couple more weeks so feel free to donate here: http://pages.lightthenight.org/mn/TwinCiti14/AFlanigan
If you have already donated- THANK YOU! I believe cancer cures are coming forth and people will not have to lose a mom or any other family member too soon.
It is always important to me to have my two children participate with me. During fundraising and the walk weekend and during the event it helps me share stories about my mom, their grandma. They never had the opportunity to meet Grandma Bette but I know she would be in so much love with my two kids.
As I was walking that evening one of my cousins was there and asked me how old my mom was when she passed. My mom was 46 and then my cousin told me she was about to turn 46... I don't know why but my heart kinda crushed again. I'm not really sure why... maybe because I know my cousin has a daughter the same age I was when my mom passed away. Maybe it was just all the emotions from being at the walk or maybe it was me realizing more and more that 46 is way to young! I am 30 and getting closer to that age and even though there is no fear of me getting older there is a little sadness that I feel when I start to realize that pretty soon my mom will have been gone longer then how many years I had her. I was 18 when she passed and this month will mark 12 years since she went to be with Jesus. 12 years of memories without her...yet I feel her love almost daily!
Walking to honor and love my mom! 1956-2002