it’s kinda hard to see, but this is an image (taken on dinky phone) of a wheelchair decorated for Halloween.
here’s a detail
(whopper spider lassoed with mint flavored dental floss to the wheel…)
i’ve mentioned before that i live with housemates.
a married couple who i love and respect
their relationship is an amazing thing to be able to witness, and i’m honored to be their housemate.
so Jenny – the wife of the couple – got all the Halloween decorations for the wheelchair
(she’s got a flair for decorating…)
last weekend was the Cancer Resource Center fundraiser walk/run here in Ithaca.
Matt – the husband of the couple – was diagnosed early this year with cancer.
Meghan, a mutual friend, was raising money in honor of Matt & his brother, who recently died of cancer, for the Cancer Resource Center.
Meghan (an avid roller derby gal) wound up injuring her hip and couldn’t walk or run as planned.
so Jenny had this brilliant idea to get a wheelchair and push her through the walking course.
life is full and Jenny is very busy with work and taking care of Matt.
so about a week before the walk, i called Meghan to ask if Jenny had contacted her about the walk
i explained to Meghan about Jenny’s idea to find out if she was game…
surprisingly, Meghan said yes!
we had to find a wheelchair.
so i called the elder couple i work for (who also has cancer) to see if they knew where i could rent one.
they gave me the number of a friend of theirs who happened to have a wheelchair in the attic that we could use, no problem.
i picked it up a few days later
and Jenny & i decorated the chair the night before the walk
on the day of the run/walk, it was cold & windy
and there were LOTS of people there
hundreds ran the 5K
hundreds more walked the 2K
Meghan wore a shirt with the names of people who she was doing the walk for – Matt, and Matt’s brother, and two other people in the roller derby world she knows…
too much cancer
(how awesome is that chair?!?)
there was much joy and support from so many people
it was a mix of lovely and beautiful
AND very sad – i mean, probably everyone has been touched by cancer…
after the walk, my mind swirled with thoughts of my grandfather who died in 1987 from kidney/brain cancer
and of my grandmother – who didn’t have cancer, but whose life was deeply affected by it
the Cancer Resource Center is a great place – they offer a lot of support for the community, and for folks who don’t have insurance… they do a lot of free screening, which is awesome.
in all, over $165,000 was raised – more than their intended goal.
i was so happy to be there with my friends
other mutual friends showed up and we all walked & rolled Meghan together.
– i felt sad for the why we were there
but so happy to be with everybody
and to witness the support of hundreds of others
this is Matt & Meghan after the walk
(note the nifty spider crown that Jenny had put together!)