Expressing Gratitude

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Expressing Gratitude

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Thank_you_pinned_noteFirst published May 29, 2012 on facingcancer.ca

Last night, Katie and I had the pleasure of attending the CCTFA sponsor tribute function in Toronto.  Chantal invited me to make a few comments – very briefly as she was clear to point out – to express gratitude for the support of the many sponsors whose contributions of cash, product and services enable LGFB and this site to exist.

It was an enjoyable evening and lovely to meet many new people including Katie Evans’ dad who is a man obviously very proud of his daughter.

Anyway, thanks Chantal and Sherry.  You do good work and I hope we were able in some small way to help you in your efforts to continue to secure the funding required to do your work on our behalf.  Also, thanks very much to John Coyne for his really wonderful introduction.  I hardly recognized myself!

Here’s what I said:

It is with an odd mixture of gratitude and regret that Kate and I join you here this afternoon.

Regret in that any of us have to be here at all.

Gratitude in that we are so very thankful that the sponsors gathered here have put in place programs and vehicles that make a very real difference at a micro and macro level.

Cancer is a lonely curse that can leave entire families wandering in a bewildering world of foreign terminology, ghastly procedures and journeys down darkened alleys full of frightful images and thoughts.

Your support enables people, individually and collectively, to shed hopeful light through sharing knowledge  and experience of humans traveling similar yet distinct paths.

From the caregiver’s perspective, your support is most welcome as you facilitate conversation and offer outlets where we can rant, rave, revel, reveal and renew.

Quite simply, you empower many of us to continue to learn and recreate ourselves at a time when we could easily surrender.

Albert Camus wrote, “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.”

Thank you for enabling us to emerge from winter’s frigid grip into the warm, hopeful zephyrs of summer.

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