Thursday, August 28, 2008
This One is Important. To Me. To Kia.
I wasn't planning on posting again today, but I feel strongly I should.
My friend Kia is struggling right now. But struggling with such beauty and grace it takes my breath away.
Kia just lost her 59-year-old mother. August 21, 2008.
The C word.
Moments ago, she posted this profile on the American Cancer Society website:
My Mother: The Kindest Person I Ever Knew
At the end of summer, just as I was preparing for graduation and a new chapter of my life, I received the news nobody ever wants; Mom has cancer, it has spread to the liver and it is not looking too good.
It came as such a shock and none of us could ever imagine the progression. My mother battled bravely for about a month, going in and out of the hospital for tests and operations.
For a moment, things appeared somewhat stable, but then, about a week before I was scheduled to fly across the Atlantic to see her, things suddenly turned for the worse. I immediately dropped everything and got on the next plane, but it was too late.
Her body, which she had taken excellent care of for 59 years, could not take it anymore and she passed away peacefully in her sleep less than two hours before I arrived at the hospital.
I will never forgive myself for not making it there in time to say goodbye, but I know my mother was aware of how much she means to me and how much I love her.
I want to raise money to allow for improvements in early detection methods and in prevention of cancer, as well as lobbying and research efforts that support these causes.
One in two people will be affected by cancer in their lives, either directly or indirectly.
With all the progress that has been made, cancer rates continue to rise. Let's join this cause and defeat this illness.
Thank you for reading this and remember that no contribution is too small. Like every hour and day that you spend with your loved ones. It all counts.
Sincerely and with love,
(daughter of Eva, 3/31/1949-8/21/2008)
Kia is trying to raise $5,000.00 to help achieve the goals she listed above.
In honor of Eva.
Kia will do good things with this money. She will make a difference.
In honor of Eva.
If you are in a position to donate, please consider doing so.
$1.00 is the $1.00 that might make the difference.
Let's kick some cancer-ass.
I'm tired of that fucking word.
Posted by Heather at 9:20 PM