Another successful Kid’s Cup is in the books! Over $75,000 was raised for the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center and Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester – How awesome is that? The weather was perfect, my teammates were great, and our golf game was… well… let’s just say that the sign below is sideways on purpose to match the way our golf game went! 😉
This year’s event really touched my heart at a different level than in past years. As in past years we had a couple of families who’ve received care from the clinics share their story of how their lives have been impacted by the funds raised by Kid’s Cup. This year we had an 8 year old boy undergoing treatment for bone cancer (his 13th chemotherapy is tomorrow) share some jokes and a hidden talent while his mom shared all the things that have helped the entire family through this challenge. Another child’s mom shared how they were able to help him treat his hearing issues by week 2 of his life and how much his self esteem has benefited from the early care he received. In both cases my eyes welled up as I listened.
While both of those stirred my emotions, what really hit home for me this year was a conversation I had recently with a little buddy of mine. He and I run into each other every once in a while and when we do we have a blast! He’s always full of energy, always smiling and giggling, he’s always happy – how can you not love being with someone like that? We chase each other around, threaten to throw each other in the garbage can, and tease each other in fun ways like pretending to eat each other’s snacks. When we hang out I smile and am able to be a big kid and I’m thankful for that.
Crazy thing is that he has a serious health issue that I never would have ever guessed until his dad mentioned it. I don’t know all of the details, but it’s serious and has involved surgeries. This kid is tough as all get out, full of life and energy and it still floors me to thing that he’s got anything less than perfect kid health.
Recently he and I were talking and I was wearing my Kid’s Cup sweatshirt from a past event and he asked me what the logo was for. I explained that we raised money for a couple of children’s hospitals in Rochester. “Rochester? That’s where my doctor is!” was his smiling response. I smiled huge and held back the sudden flow of emotion so he didn’t think anything was up, and we moved right on to the next conversation. I am not sure if Kid’s Cup has helped him or his family out while he’s been at his doc, but I know that if there are kids like him that are so full of energy, life and happiness that need help some extra help and comfort I’m very happy to do what I can to help them out.
Today I’m thankful that Kid’s Cup had another incredibly successful year and will continue to help kids and families. Thank you so much to all of my friends and family for all the contributions and well wishes this year – they’re greatly appreciated!!!