My name is J.M. You removed tonsils, adenoids and tubes for all three of my children and my mother C.M has been a long-time patient of yours. Last year, you were so kind as to send us the Medals 4 Mettle insert card (what you send to recipients) to me to include in with my mini-marathon medal to award to my sister-in-law, J, who has stage 4 colon cancer. She was so touched when she received the medal. She did well with chemo. We celebrated her clear scans last June and she made plans to do the mini marathon with us this year until September when she learned the cancer had returned with a vengeance. She has fought hard, but it moved to the peritoneal lining and has spread all over her abdomen. She tried to have a cutting edge surgery in California in February but when the doctor opened her up, the cancer was too advanced. She is now in hospice and in the final stages of life. We are told it could be anywhere from weeks to maybe a month. That said, our middle daughter, E, (age 7) told us she wants to walk the mini marathon and award her medal to Aunt J. Since we had done four registrations in our family’s names in hopes of J attending, we are set. So, this year, my husband, J.F, K.D (our 9 year old daughter), E and myself will walk in J’s honor. We plan to send E’s medal to J. Would it be possible for you to send me the enclosures again so that I can send the package like I did last year? The nice thing about J receiving two medals (last year and this year) is that she has two daughters: Ev (8) and El (6). It will be nice for each of them to have a medal to keep and cherish and one day look at and be reminded that their mother fought hard for them.
Thank you for your time. A media person from WISH-TV did send us an e-mail last week to let us know that E is one of 4 seven year olds doing the race this year. Someone wanted to meet with us and follow E’s progress during the race. I’ve not formally arranged anything with anyone, but I did e-mail to clarify that E would be walking, not running, and that as a family we would be walking in J’s honor and awarding one of our medals to J like we did last year as part of Medals 4 Mettle.
I hope we will be able to volunteer this coming year. We get updates from Sally Powell, but we have been out of town so much this year. J’s family lives out west so we’ve been out there a lot and the times just have been difficult. But our hope is that as things settle down we can give of our time.
Thank you so much for all you do.
Regards, J M
Thank you so much. We appreciate what you sent to us. This has been life-changing and very sad for our family, but we are determined to enjoy every last minute we have together. Anything for one more smile. She will smile when she receives this medal and that is one more smile her little girls will have to hold in their hearts!
Thank you so much for the enclosure card to go with our mini marathon medal awarded to Julie Lamb. That was the final race we were able to complete for her. Julie died early Tuesday morning. You mentioned that you could send a ribbon if we wanted one – I forgot to ask for one. If you can, great. If not, no worries. We are just thankful to have awarded her the final medal with your organization information again. Now we are just hoping each of her little girls has a medal complete with the Medals4Mettle ribbon and enclosure to save in their treasure box of all of their memories of mommy. Thank you for sending the enclosure a few weeks ago.
Your organization is a gift to every life it touches because it encourages individuals in some of life’s weakest moments – when it is most needed. God bless you and all of the wonderful work you do.