“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”—Steve Jobs (I think. Maybe. Took it from someone’s Facebook. Probably misquoting. Don’t care)
Caprice was one of those people who was always too smart for high school. Choosing to eat lunch outside even as the weather turned cold because she could easily disguise smoking a cigarette for drinking a Diet Coke. She could skip Modern American Literature for days on end but still understand the text better than anyone in the class.
When Caprice moved, I never saw her again. This was pre-Facebook, pre-texting, pre-checking your email more than once a week. I do know that she got a degree, was working towards a masters in non-profit management, and had made the decision to dedicate her life to those in need…something that far too many of us are too selfless to do.
In early 2008, Caprice was diagnosed with lymphoma, a blood cancer.
Four months later, she was gone. She was 24.
Four months. That’s it.
When people find out about my events and my fundraising, they always ask why.
And there you go.
When I have a little over a month to raise $2,000 more to meet my fundraising minimum…
When I’m trying to figure out how to fit all of this training into my already busy work week…
When I’m on mile 25 of a marathon and it is pouring rain…
When I’m swimming in the ocean and mistake my own hand for a shark, inhale a mouth full of salt water and almost drown…
The idea of NOT doing this. Of quitting. Of saying “this is the last event…” has never, ever, crossed my mind. I think of Caprice. And I keep going. And one day when I accidentally read the news for some reason and I see that a cure has been discovered, I’ll know that I was a part of that.
And I’ll still keep running.
If you haven’t already donated, there is still time.
If you have, I implore you to share this with any and all of your friends and family.
Real quick I wanna make sure that while I agree with your thoughts on the Susan G Komen Foundation cutting PP funding, I NEED to make sure you know Susan G Komen died of breast cancer in 1980 and that you aren’t one of those people writing about how awful Susan G Komen is.