I had big plans for cookies for Father's Day this year. I bought tool cookie cutters and cars and was going to make Fast Food cookies and barbecues and neck ties and sports and motorcycles and others too. You know me, when I do things, I tend to do them big ;-). I started with the fun idea of doughnuts and coffee mugs and then didn't make any of the others! The rest will come along another time - after my daughter's wedding (in 6 days!) So in the meantime, I hope hubby enjoys his doughnuts and coffee mug cookies.
I miss my dad. I miss him every day. I'm no longer able to celebrate Father's Day with him, but I have incredibly loving memories of my father that I cherish and they keep me going. I can't make him cookies or buy him a new tie or a Father's Day card, so instead I honor him by living my life in a way that would make him proud. In the last 3 years since he lost his battle with Cancer, I've participated in the LiveStrong Challenge in his memory. Our little family has raised at least 15,000 in the fight against Cancer. On July 10th, I'll be cycling again. 100 miles. This is never an easy task. The first LiveStrong Challenge was 3 months to the day after my father died. We had raised over $9k all while taking care of my dad and getting him to his radiation appointments and then having him in a coma for 36 days. Getting on that bike and riding 100 miles was the last thing I wanted to do. I'd have much preferred to crawl under a rock and cry and fall apart. I did my best to pick myself up and told myself that the pain of cycling 100-miles is nothing compared to the pain of chemotherapy that Cancer patients go through. I wanted to help make a difference in the fight against Cancer. We put pictures of my dad on our bicycles and had team jerseys made saying "Eddie's Angels" and we rode and we rode through wind and hills and incredible heat. The hardest part was when I couldn't stop thinking of my father watching over me and I SOBBED the entire last 20 miles until I crossed the finish line. In memory of my dad, Edward Ducey.
The 2nd year of the LiveStrong Challenge, I had broken my hand in a karate demonstration. I punched through wood that had massive knots. I thought that after the swelling went down, I would be fine, but I finally gave in 5 days later and went to the doctor. It turned out that my hand was so badly broken that I had to have intense surgery immediately with pins holding my hand all back together while it healed in a tight cast after the surgery. I didn't want to let down the people that had supported my fundraising for LiveStrong, so the kind Lance Armstrong Foundation, set me up on the finish line with a stationery bicycle and I balanced my body leaning on one arm for 66 miles. My daughter, Mellissa, rode the course alone in memory of her grampa while I rode at the finish line. They even announced when "Pinkie's daughter" reached the top of the biggest climb. I was such a proud mom!
Last year we had some friends join us for the LiveStrong Challenge on the Eddie's Angels team. You can see a short video of our incredible experience here: http://davis2011.livestrong.org/eddiesangels. Please consider making a donation to the LiveStrong Challenge (link above) in honor of someone you know battling Cancer or in memory of someone you've lost to Cancer. Together we can make a difference.
Happy Father's Day to the incredible dads still here (including my husband, my step-father and my father-in-law) and to those dads watching over us in heaven.