By Robin Kaye
Sometime life throws you curve balls that make you look at the world with a different perspective. There is a young girl, a classmate of my youngest daughter’s, who is losing her battle with cancer. She was diagnosed 4 ½ years ago with malignant brain tumors and everyone in town and in her school has waged war right along with her and her family in her fight for survival.
This young lady has so much life, courage, and love—she’s truly an inspiration. She’s touched the lives of countless people in a positive way and if the day comes that she must leave us, her memory will continue to inspire those who were lucky enough to know her.
Over the years I’ve witnessed that little girl give so much to so many—collecting toys for the other kids at the hospital she visited all too often, helping raise money for the local children’s hospital, brightening the lives of all those she’s graced with her smile. I’ve seen her laugh and love and experience life to the fullest—wringing out every ounce of happiness she could, only to spread it around.
After spending the last few years praying for her and her family, visiting her facebook page, making her hats to wear and a blanket to use when she returned to school. I’ve celebrated her good news, and now I await the bad. My thoughts turn to her with more frequency, I find myself coasting from smiles to tears and now more than ever I appreciate the abundant gifts I’ve been given.
I have a good life, great kids, the love of a wonderful man, a roof over my head (that no longer leaks), food, clothing, and a career I adore. I’ve always said I was a lucky woman and although I don’t believe I’ve ever taken it for granted, now I’m more aware of how precious and fleeting life can be. I hold fast to the good times and cherish everything just a little more. I’m working hard to wring out every ounce of happiness I can, and learning by the example of a very special hero, how to spread it around.