Monday, May 31, 2010

Love and Loss

It's taken me a couple of days to get back into the blogging groove....

Late last week, I got word that one of my friends from high school had died. I really hate that the way I've come to know that someone from home has passed away is when someone else calls or messages me and says, "Did you hear about so and so?" It never means anything good.

While we had drifted apart after high school and only saw each around the holidays, Kyle was someone I used to hang out with all the time. He dated a good friend of mine so we all went to dances together, went to games together, movies, the mall, riding around, the whole bit for years. He died after falling off a ladder while changing a light bulb and it was a shock to my system. That old cliche that life is so short washed over me all over again and it took me until after his funeral on Saturday to get out of this weird fog I've been in all week. I saw so many other old friends and that was a comfort, some I hadn't seen since last year at Karey's funeral. She was a close childhood friend of mine who was killed in a car accident on May 3, 2009. Several of us commented on how much it sucked that we usually see each other at either weddings or funerals.

R.I.P. Kyle Linder, forever in our hearts. 1985-2010.

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Cancer is something I'm very familiar with, breast cancer in particular. Grandmothers, aunts, my mother, girl friends -- countless women in my life have suffered with this horrible disease. So when I found out a friend's breast cancer was back and another mutual friend of ours was helping to rally us together for a Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure team, I signed up immediately. I've never done the Race for the Cure before, but I couldn't be more excited and ready to help out team PinkForTink.

Only caveat is our coworker who helped organize the team is bound and determined to make us all run it, like really run it, not walk it. Thus begins my 6:30 a.m. runs. Starting tomorrow morning... and the race is Saturday. I'm not a runner at all, but if Trish can take two tours of duty fighting breast cancer, I can make it through a short run.

If you want to run with us, search PinkforTink in the 'Join a Team' box: http://tinyurl.com/ycafbms or if you'd like to donate, check out the fundraising page: http://tinyurl.com/2bn8fve

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Discovery is hosting a "Discover Your Impact" Day on June 18th to encourage employees to get out of the office and help the community -- AWESOME! My first choice was to sign-up to help out at a horse farm in Mt. Airy (I'm a huge animal lover), but I'll be away on vacation that week.

For those who aren't able to actively participate, but still want to help, you can sign-up to make cards for sick children staying at NIH in Bethesda. I'm also encouraged to ask friends to participate so if you're interesting in helping make cards, let me know! I'll post details once I get them from the event coordinator.