This past weekend I had the honor of hosting a fundraiser for my high school friend, Lyndsie, who is battling cancer for the second time in just three years. She is 33 years old, a loving wife, and mother of two small children. I honestly can’t even come close to imagining what it’s like to be in her shoes. Fighting for your life daily, praying everyday that you can stay here to raise your beautiful children and hoping like hell you can share many more years with the love of your life. No one should have to go through what she is going through, but she is not alone in her battle against this horrible disease.
After her first diagnosis in 2013, I felt it was my duty to help in anyway I could, so I hosted a fundraiser in her honor. I was in awe of the support, love and generosity from my members and strangers wanting to give anything they could do help this young woman. We all cheered and celebrated once we discovered she was in remission last year! She had fought a tough battle and won!
We now fast-forward to Fall of 2014 and she receives the dreaded news again…cancer is back. And the fight is on once again! I mean seriously how much can one woman take? Well this girl obviously can take a lot and she back to fighting with all her heart once again. I’m in awe of her vulnerability, strength and courage!
I didn’t think twice about hosting another fundraiser…this is what I do, what we do at Knockout…help women in need! So my interns and I rallied together to organize an even bigger fundraiser this time around. We needed to muster all the support for her we could. Again I find myself in awe of the generosity, love and support people have for Lyndsie, who to them is a complete stranger. When times get tough, we must come together and that’s what the KO community, her family, friends and strangers did. Seeing people help each other truly renews your faith in the humanity.
We got the pleasure this time around of having Lyndsie herself attend the fundraiser. The gratitude in her eyes was undeniable. Everyone in attendance fought hard through the charity workout knowing that their hour of pain was nothing compared to the pain & fight that is endured daily by Lyndsie, her family and anyone fighting or who has fought cancer. It really put life in perspective. Cancer and disease don’t discriminate, they can affect anyone. We all need to take a page out of Lyndsie’s book; we must fight everyday for what we love and find the joy and love around us no matter what.
While this weekend for my Knockouts and I was all about helping, supporting and fighting for Lyndsie, I hope that many of you can learn something from her battle. We spend so much time hating our bodies, wishing they were thinner, leaner, smaller and we forget how blessed we are to have our health. Lyndsie would love the chance to lace up her shoes and run again, or pull on some gloves and hit that bag, but with the toll chemo is taking on her body she can’t.
Don’t forget that we get one body, one shot and life is short. Don’t get caught up in things that don’t matter. Don’t get hung up on a weight, size, etc. when there are so many people out there wishing they could just be healthy and cancer free again.
Let’s all learn something from Lyndsie and start focusing on our health and happiness because the unfortunate reality is it can be taken from us in an instant. And when that time comes we won’t give a shit what size we are, we will just pray for health, happiness and life. The challenges of life are there to make us realize what is truly important and my hope is that Lyndsie’s fight has shed some light for us all on what life is really about!