Yesterday as I sat here in Michigan in 2 feet of snow….my friends, former teachers, and my family came together in my home town of Miami Springs to honor Chad and make an impact on DIPG. They held the 2nd annual 5k race for DIPG to benefit the ChadTough foundation….and I wasn’t there…..See it’s been hard for me to go home since Chad passed away…it’s been almost 2 1/2years since the last time I was there…we visited about a month before Chad left this earth. Chad spent time with his Nini and Pipi and uncles Matt and Brad for the last time in Miami and we spent some time with my grandmother Goppie for the last time….she ended up passing away just two weeks after our visit and just two weeks before Chad went to heaven.
So with so many wonderful memories of Miami Springs over my lifetime….those “last” memories make it difficult to go back. I am able to mostly make it through the mundane every day conversations in life etc, but knowing the emotion that will be attached to that next visit to my hometown is daunting….not to mention that leaving CJ and Tommy for a weekend is not something that I have wanted to do. They are stuck to me like glue whether they like it or not 🙂
But seeing all of the pictures and videos from yesterday….I really wish I had been able to be there and I promise that next year I will be. Elaine Martin and Audra Esper are two amazing champions for DIPG and they put their heart and souls into making an impact…thank you both for planning every last detail of this event. My mom and dad, along with my childhood friend Yaritza Roman and my high school English teacher Kathy Doyle went above and beyond and always do when it comes to honoring Chad and other DIPG angels.
So, thank you to everyone to participated and thank you to everyone who volunteered and get me the date for next year as soon as you can, because I will be there! Hopefully we can make it a big reunion and all honor my baby together.