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Champagne Toast - To Life

 

"Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans." John Lennon

September 6, 2015, I discovered a lump. It was Labor Day and I was having a nice long relaxing weekend right before the flurry of Fall started and we'd all be off to work and school. Little did I know, in that instant, I'd alter the course of my life forever. 

In that instant, I added 'cancer patient' to my resume.

The 8 months that followed involved chemo, losing my hair, surgery, and radiation.

It also involved the most humble, passionate, dedicated team I'd ever known. I'm talking about the folks you see in this picture. The Stride team, without hestitation or second guessing, rose to the occassion. 

I asked them for empathy but what we all got was much more. We got drive. We got dedication. We got a community who put themselves second and the team first.

It's an odd thing, but cancer made Stride stronger.

I'm thrilled to share that the cancer is gone. And to mark the occassion, we celebrated with a champagne toast. We raised our glasses to humility, to respect, to willlingness to help others. We raised our glasses to life.