I'm walking for my mother Linda Farnham, the greatest mother on earth. I know everyone says that but I am right.
Linda Farnham passed away February 25, 2022; she was a mother, wife, aunt, and friend to all who got to meet her. Even though my mom suffered through this disease the entire time that I was her son, she ensured that she gave my sister Carolyn and I the best childhood possible. I think about her all the time and I really would like to try and raise some money to help this cause.
I just want to be clear, my mother lived a full and courageous life and her life is no sob-story. My goal is to take this walk, and share her memory with other people. She is with me everyday and I think she would like to walk this walk with me in spirit.
And if you can't give anything I just want you to take some time and think about my mom, and think about the brevity of life and how we can find meaning in the "now".
I'll end with sharing a poem my mom enjoyed, and kept in her journal when she was new to this disease and her diagnosis: it is called Don't Quit by Edgar A. Guest
When Things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and debts are high,
And you want to Smile but have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he'd stuck it out,
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You might succeed with another blow.
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might captured the victor's cup.
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown,
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.
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