Share your LOVE with Shawn #Righthandhellos

Our dear friend Shawn is fighting brain cancer – for the second time – and has lost some functionality on the right side of his body. As such, he’s not able to wave hello at this point with his right hand… so our twisters came together to send him their #righthandhellos.

Follow the links to our FacebookTwitter and Instagram channels to watch Shawn & Erin’s video, and learn how to share your love with Shawn online. 

Within 24 hours, Shawn’s call for support has already reached hundreds of thousands of people, and twisters everywhere are sharing their #righthandhellos online. Let’s join together to continue to show our solidarity for Shawn – post your photo today!

 

This Valentines Day.

This Valentines Day my heart is heavy.

A year ago my cousin Polly lost her battle to Lung Cancer. She fought valiantly, courageously, and gracefully for 14 months.

Today, we buried my  childhood friend’s mother who lost her battle to Kidney Cancer. She fought valiantly, courageously, and gracefully for 14 months.

And here we are today- on February 14th-remembering two lives that were cut short too soon.

It was a year ago this week that I ran into you in the waiting room of Northwestern Hospital’s Lurie Cancer Center. I was waiting for blood work and you were waiting to start treatment.

My heart was heavy as I had just learned of Polly’s passing.

Your heart was heavy from the weight of a new cancer diagnosis.

During our brief and unexpected encounter, you made me realize the profound power of touch.  There was nothing you or I could say that would calm our fears or take away the pain.

Instead all we could do was hold each other.  At that moment I felt your strength, your determination, and your desire to live.

It was that strength, that determination, that desire to live that fueled my fight.

With Polly at my back, and you right in front of me, you both guided me through the darkest of nights, and carried me from the shadows into the light.

On this Valentines Day, as I mourn and celebrate the lives of these two remarkable women, I am reminded that sometimes the greatest lessons learned are not spoken but felt.

May you both continue to live in our hearts, and continue to touch the lives of many.