Never say goodbye. Because goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.
So long and Godspeed, Clint Miller! Although we’ve never met in person, I’ll never forget you!
Isn’t it remarkable when someone, who you’ve never met in real life, has such an impact on the lives of numerous people. That someone is Clint Miller (you might have heard about him on Twitter – @TheRealClint or through the FB Prayer/Support Group). Clint was diagnosed with advanced Stage 3c testicular cancer in February 2011 and decided to be very open about his cancer journey and share it with the world through social media. Unfortunately, Clint ran out of time. I read about it yesterday on the FB group page (btw, I can’t say how thankful I am to fellow cancer advocate and tc survivor Christopher for adding me to that group).
After reading about Clint’s passing, I immediately thought of a LIVESTRONG tradition of sorts (a couple of my friends and cancer survivors keep up this tradition). At the LIVESTRONG Challenge, survivors receive a yellow rose when they cross the finish line. Initially, it is a symbol of our own personal fight against cancer that unites so many of us. When one of our own leaves this place, some of us take a few petals of that rose, head on over to a river, lake or sea and let those petals float… remembering that while it’s a “Survivor’s rose”, Clint did not lose his battle with cancer. He did not quit when times were tough, he simply ran out of time.
That’s why I’m honored to share my rose with Clint’s family, friends & online support group today. I went to our nearby lake, let those petals float and thought about the fact that Clint’s spirit never will be gone… his sense of humor, love for his family and friends, tireless efforts to educate others about testicular cancer will keep floating around the globe through the voices of everyone who was touched by Clint’s life!
Keep spreading the message to honor Clint’s life, please. When it comes to testicular cancer, early detection is key, so please don’t forget your monthly self-exams and check with a doctor if you notice anything unusual (remember, not all changes are cancerous, but getting it checked out by a doctor can save lives).
I’ll leave you with a quote that was shared by a friend of mine on FB today…
We come at last to realize, death breaks the earthly tie
But love survives when grief has passed, for love will never die.
I will run the 2012 LIVESTRONG Austin Half Marathon in honor and memory of Clint Miller. Seeing so many friends literally fight for their lives on a daily basis, makes me realize that I can “endure” the very limited pains of training for and running a half marathon (13.1094miles/21.0975km). If you’d like me to run for someone you know affected by cancer, please leave a comment and I will add them to my list.
If you’d like to receive the in honor/in memory/ I’m a survivor card after the run or simply want to support LIVESTRONG‘s work (and are willing to “endure” the pain of a small financial contribution), please consider a donation to my fundraising page http://laf.livestrong.org/goto/henrike
LIVESTRONG provides resources that will help cancer patients and their loved ones to face the challenges of cancer, head on, and live life on your own terms. They also lead a global campaign against the stigma of cancer, and as we all know, STIGMA KILLS!