This is how I can help...
This is how I can help...
I'm one of those people who have blissfully carried out my life and always considered myself lucky that I've never been touched by cancer.
I, like most people, have compassion and empathy and have always felt sorry for those that have had to hear those words.
I heard them not so long ago. My friend told the world that her first born, her beautiful little princess had been diagnosed with ALL.
I have always loved this little girl, she is a true life star. Sent from the heavens to bring joy to the world. Never has a young lady encompassed everything a preschoolers should be; funny, sweet, caring considerate, full of herself, a screechy little madam.
Her and my son have played many a day away, she's fed him as a baby, she has loved him as one of her own. They have fought, they have not spoken and they still to this day get along so well.
I've never wanted a girl, never ever, if I had, Lilly-Mae would be what I asked Santa for!!
When I saw the news, I did the unthinkable, I hid from them all.
I had no idea what to say, my child has never had anything other than colds and chicken pox. I could not begin to imagine the pain and world crushing fear that my two friends and a tiny little girl were feeling. Lilly's brother is my son's best friend, nearly the same age, I looked at my boy and wondered how my friend would tell someone his age that his sister was so sick.
I'm ashamed of myself and felt terrible. Luckily for me both my son and I had bugs and couldn't visit Lilly in hospital... That bought me some time.
The more I thought about it, the harder it got to think of anything to say to them.
I got on with it. I turned up and I was honest, I told them that I couldn't face them, I told them I didn't know what to say.... They forgave me. I listened to how much my friend needed me and how alone she felt and still feels at times.
I said there and then that I would be there, she would be able to rely on me whenever she needed me.
So here it is! A bike ride!
I haven't exercised in a long time, long before my son was born. I've left myself no time and am basically wondering what on earth I was thinking...!
Lilly Mae, Carrie, Lee... I am sorry I was missing when you needed me, I'm here now and I'm going to cycle my unfit rump off to try and help.
This is for your family, for all of the families that have been bombed by such a horrific illness.
Please donate as much as you can, please come along on the day to cheer on all of the great riders, the good riders and the soon to be suffering riders like me!