Today I’d like to share a post made my one of my favorite authors, Michael J Sullivan. It was a very moving post about cancer and his participation in the Johns Hopkins Ride to Conquer Cancer charity event that will take place in September. I must say, Sullivan’s experiences with cancer are more than one person should have to endure, especially at the young age in which he met its acquaintance.
Here’s a small section of his post:
For years I saw cancer as this evil creature that stalked my family. A dark, mysterious and undefeatable force: Sauron, Voldemort, and the Nothing all wrapped up in one. My father survived being trapped by the Nazis in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. He helped defeat Hitler, but he couldn’t defeat cancer. My family was forced to sell our home in the city after he died. We left everything behind, and led by my sister Noreen, we moved away like some marked family. That’s how I saw it when cancer found Noreen and killed her in retaliation for saving us—that she dared to live. – Michael J Sullivan
I had never known cancer until I met my husband. Unfortunately, his family was very familiar with it, though I barely knew only one of the many family members it claimed. My husband has had a few brief meetings with skin cancer, as well as his parents. So while I cannot even begin to imagine Mr. Sullivan’s suffering, I can certainly help him turn grief into a weapon. Flying back east to participate in the ride myself is out of reach, but I have donated to his team and will be cheering for him from thousands of miles away.
I hope you can join me in supporting this cause. I couldn’t donate much, but I know every tiny bit helps. If any bloggers are reading this, I’d appreciate help in spreading the word. I’d love to see Mr. Sullivan’s name up there on the list of top fundraisers.
Below are all the links you’ll need:
Donate by Clicking Here
Team Riyria’s Ride to Conquer Cancer Page
General Ride to Conquer Cancer Site Page
Ride to Conquer Cancer Twitter
Ride to Conquer Cancer Facebook
Sullivan’s Blog Post