It starts with devastating news and your world shrinks in on itself as you realize that nothing will ever be the same. Your perspective shifts and what use to bother you is no longer relevant. You cherish those precious moments with your children, your spouse or partner, family, and friends, because they may never happen again.

Then you are joined together with the staff at The Melodies Center and your world gets a tad bit bigger and you are held tighter by a larger circle. Then those who have walked in your shoes reach out and take your hand, and you finally appreciate the unbelievable community that has taken you in and feels the same fear, pain, worry, and heartbreak with you.


This community also cheers you on when the news is promising. They are your biggest fans, your strength, your rock, your cheerleaders.


And no matter what they have going on, when you need them, they are there for you 100%, no questions asked. They hold you up. They are your foundation. They come from all walks of life, because cancer doesn’t care how rich, poor, tall, short, successful, shy, or healthy you are.

But we care and that is what makes all the difference. There are volunteers who have put aside their own problems, sadness, losses, and hurts to help raise others who are at their breaking point. This is community. This is what keeps me going. I am thankful for everyone who helps with our fundraisers and especially this run.

Register now for our 8th annual Nick’s Run to be Healed 5K. Tomorrow is the deadline to get the dri-fit shirt. For sure that is incentive.

But really what matters is that we all will come together as a community and be there for one another. That is what we do for no other reason than because we care and September is our month to raise awareness.

Clarity Through the Rain

Nick’s Run to be Healed 5K was yesterday, September 30.  All week I fretted over the weather and the number of participants that would come despite the rain. This is Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation’s largest fundraiser that determines how much we can grant to The Melodies Center in support of the ever important Child Life Specialist position and how many families we can financially support through the rest of the year.

Yesterday morning, I worried that we wouldn’t get set up in time and then the rain came, people got wet, and I’m sure many decided to stay home.  I was upset that it wouldn’t be enough–that we could have done more. 

But as I walked around talking to people (I could do this because all the fabulous volunteers had everything under control) I heard comments like: the event is well organized, look at all the great food they give, I love the duct tape wallets, the shirts, the carnival. But even better than that, was the fact that participants came up to me thanking us for helping their family or making a difference. The flow of love and support was outstanding.

I saw kids laughing, runners warming up, people hugging, bubbles flopping in the rain. I saw life moving forward and people supporting one another despite the rain. So I relaxed realizing that everyone at the event, everyone who devoted their time and money knows how important it is to fight cancer, raise money, and cause change.  But they also understand or learned that life has to continue, you have to live life, despite the pain that you know children with cancer are dealing with. They have to be able to have those moments of happiness and cherish them as these memories are what carry us all through the really tough times.

Nick’s Dash Participants running for a special cause!

So I thank everyone who made the run a huge success on so many levels and for bringing laughter and hope to families despite the rain.