On October 8th, I will be running the Chicago marathon to commemorate the 10th anniversary of my late husband Lou’s passing and will be raising money for Life Matters Media, a wonderful organization that truly embodies Lou’s amazing spirit.
Lou was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2002 at 31, two years after were married. Over the next five years, he had three brain surgeries, radiation and countless courses of chemotherapy.
One of the greatest roles that Lou played was one that he never wanted or chose, but fully embraced. It was his role as a cancer survivor. In this role, Lou inspired so many with the determination, courage, grace and humor that he exhibited every day, even in the most challenging of circumstances. He never once said “Why me?” Instead, he made a choice to live and appreciate every day as he knew that life was a gift, not a guarantee.
While Lou was alive, everyone was amazed at how he lived each day full of hope while enduring what seemed like endless treatments. However, 10 years later, I firmly believe that Lou’s greatest legacy was how he inspired so many by courageously accepting and discussing his mortality at such a young age. In doing so, he showed me and many others what it truly meant to live, which was my inspiration for becoming a founding member of Life Matters Media, a Chicago-based 501(c)(3).
Life Matters Media aims to be the premier provider of information, resources and support for all involved in end of life decision-making. Through end of life education, advance care planning services, original programs and digital media, Life Matters Media helps audiences and their families experience true quality of life at the end of life.
Thank you in advance for your support and most importantly for helping keep Lou’s memory and spirit alive.
Please honor him and this special organization by supporting my run to remember. Click here to donate to Life Matters Media.
With much love and endless gratitude,