Dear Friends & Family,
“Lend a hand to those less fortunate than you.” That was the fortune in Curt’s fortune cookie last night. I let out a giggle as he finished reading it. Really? He looked at me with those convincing eyes and said, “Honey, I am very fortunate, I am better off than a lot of people.” Once again I giggled and thought to myself “Wow, he is amazing, here he is fighting a terminal disease and he thinks he is fortunate.” Then my mind wandered to the ALS Walk this past Saturday. At the walk I found myself holding back tears whenever I saw a person with ALS. I looked at them in their wheelchairs and immediately looked at their hands. Those bony, twisted hands, just like Curt’s. The hands that kept them from performing simple tasks along with legs that didn’t let them walk, some even had speaking devices. I wondered what their stories were, what they used to do and what kind of families they have. I wondered how they were handling this devastating disease. As I watched them my eyes would well up with tears (thank God for sunglasses) and I would get that big lump in the back of my throat. Those were quick moments in the day but there wasn’t much time to dwell on other ALS teams since we were blessed with so many family and friends around us.
Much like Curt, I feel fortunate that we have what we have. We have a relationship that allows us to be open and honest with each other, we can truly talk about anything without fear of judgement. We have what we need to provide a comfortable life for Curt as he fights this disease. We have children that are sensitive and compassionate and able to talk about their feelings. We have friends and family who provide us with emotional support, help around the house, meals and anything else we may need. We are truly fortunate. I hope that all those inflicted with ALS have what we have. That would be great!
The walk was amazing! Thank you to everyone that came and walked with us. We were the largest team with 90 people! Our team raised over $6,000.00 for the ALS Association. Thank you to those who supported us through donations, thoughts and prayers. It was a day filled with love! We were excited by the number of friends and family that came out to support Curt and our family. Thank you, thank you!
Cayden filmed and edited this video of the walk. Hope you enjoy it! There is also a slide show of photos on the right side bar. Click on the photo and you can see the pictures in a larger slide show.
Thanks for your care and concern!
Cindy, Curt, Clarissa, Cayden & Corbin