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Gilroy Relay for Life

We were very fortunate to be part of an amazing and powerful Relay for Life the weekend before last here in Gilroy. It’s funny how things come full circle in life. Years ago Kathy got involved as a volunteer coordinator for the annual event when it was still fairly new in town. She pulled me and the rest of the family in to help out, and we loved it. Fast forward to this year when I was honored to speak at opening ceremonies as a survivor, and Kathy did an incredible job speaking at the luminary ceremony as a caregiver.

We had a wonderful team, “BUCK Carcinoid”, that was spearheaded by Stephanie with lots of help from Stacy. I was completely overwhelmed by the support from friends and family, several dozen people all wearing our black team shirts emblazoned with zebras. My parents were here. I was totally surprised by my best friend Derek, wife Leanne and daughter Faith when they showed up (seen holding our hands in photo). They actually slept in our house the night before and I didn’t know it. Well played. There were too many other people there to mention, but every single person truly touched me and Kathy.

Our emotions were fried through tears of sorrow and joy. We walked, played, reminisced and just had a great day. By Sunday morning when closing ceremonies rolled around I was spent. Several of us survivors stood up at the stage and watched lots of young people cheer for us, then come forward with signs saying things like, “It’s okay to be sad”, “Keep fighting”, “Stay strong”, and the one that made me really start bawling, a 5-year-old holding a sign that read “We’ve got this”. Ugh!

Well over $100,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event so special.

As for my health, I’m doing well, feeling good, and really working hard. I’m in a holding pattern just waiting to see what the next round of scans and labs reveal. Kathy and I will be off to LA in late August to visit my doc at Cedars-Sinai and I’ll be sure to post the results after that.

Take care.