Walk With Me - 10/09/13
We all have people that make a lasting impression on our lives. For me that person will always be my Granny Taylor. I could write a book about her. In fact it's been my dream to do just that one day. I doubt I'll ever get the chance, or all the info I would need, but I've always wanted to and if I did I would call it "The Little House", because she had a house behind her house that she babysat in and called it ... "The Little House". You guessed it.... the other house was .. The Big House :)
My granny had a pretty rough life. I could tell you story after story, but on top of all her challenges, she experienced not only losing her first husband (my moms dad) but the greatest loss anyone ever could ... a child .. her only boy. She later met my grandfather and she not only raised her children, but his .. as her own. She was the most amazing person I've ever known. She was also the best cook. Ahhh, what I would give to have just one more bite of her famous biscuits and gravy or Sunday roast.
This is her holding me when I was a baby - on the left.
I lost my sweet granny in 2001 and just like her life - she also suffered in her death. She died of a very aggressive form of Multiple Myeloma - a blood cancer. It was so hard watching her experience such pain. No one - even my worst enemy - would I wish that kind of suffering on. She is the reason that I will be at LP Field on Friday night as emcee for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual "Light The Night" walk. She would be so proud of where I am today. She as one of the only people in my life that reminded me that I could do anything I wanted and told me on a daily basis how proud she was of me. Every time that I face a challenge or want to give up - I remember her.
I know it's a Friday night. You may have had a bad week and just want to go home and sleep. Maybe you want to go to a Friday night football game. But if you can, won't you please change those plans and join us for this very important walk? We all know someone affected by cancer. Just think - if every one of our viewers came to walk - imagine what a record LLS would break - and even more ... how many lives could be saved!! They can't do it without research and that is where the dollars go!
LLS helps people like my granny - but also Tyler - a special little boy I did a story on leading up to this great event. Tyler and his family are proof that cancer doesn't discriminate. Check out his story here.
Please come say hello on Friday night!