"But grief is a walk alone. Others can be there, and listen. But you will walk alone down your own path, at your own pace, with your sheared-off pain, your raw wounds, your denial, anger, and bitter loss. You'll come to your own peace, hopefully... but it will be on your own, in your own time.'
- Cathy Lamb
This quote was shared on Facebook by a family friend that we have known forever who unfortunately also experienced the loss of a child to cancer. It struck a deep cord with me because that is the type of grief I relate to. I took on this challenge in order to face many of my biggest stresses, but the focus was always going to be to finally face the grief that I've masterfully hidden away for 5 years since we lost Henley.
I wanted to take today to inform everyone what I am writing for because we surpassed $1,000 in fundraising for the Henley Romine BEElieve Foundation today. For those of you that have been following along since my first post, you know that I took on this challenge to create personal growth in a way that could also promote awareness for a cause I believe in. I chose to write everyday for 30 days in order to address some demons that I have been wrestling, beginning with the loss of my beautiful niece, Henley, to childhood cancer. In turn, my goal was to raise enough money for the Henley Romine BEElieve Foundation in order to fund 3 "Buzz Around Indy" experiences and we are close to a third of the way there.
My sister, Lynsey, and brother-in-law, Grant, gave everything they possibly could in order to defeat the relentless army of cancer. Henley's fight took place in Indianapolis, New York City, and Grand Rapids. They did everything they could to make sure she received the absolute best treatment and participated in the most promising trials.
It would have been easy to let the stress and daunting battle take its toll and keep them from experiencing life outside of the hospital, but that is not how Henley or the Romine's live. They always took time to experience life outside of the hospital walls and take advantage of the moments they were given. They created memories in Central Park, Time Square, Rockefeller Plaza at Christmas, the State of Liberty, Jersey Shore, and all that the beautiful shore of Michigan and its beaches have to offer (especially Oval Beach!).
I can tell you first hand that the fight against cancer for a child and their family is a full time job. It would be easy to forget to live your life and create memories, but the Romine's were able to do that and these are the memories they hold so close to their heart now that Henley is no longer with us. It is these memories that inspired them to create a foundation in which the central theme is to raise money to fund trips for other families fighting childhood cancer, allowing them to get out of the hospital and go on an all expenses paid trip all around Indy experiencing all of the child's favorite things to create similar family memories.
I am hoping to raise enough money to fund 3 "Buzz Around Indy" trips for children fighting cancer. With your help, I am hoping that we can meet that goal by the end of the month.
To learn more, PLEASE check out this video about what I am hoping to raise enough money to support.
If you feel compelled to help me reach my goal, please visit the GoFundMe page here. Thank you so much for your love and support.