Kayle King wrote -
My grandfather (Pappy) died at the age of 69. He didn’t get to see me in a white dress as I walked down the aisle to get married. He wasn’t there the day his great granddaughter, Madeline, named after his wife, entered our lives. These are just two of the special moments that he was not apart of. On those days I couldn’t help but feel a little robbed. He should have been there.
Pappy’s motto was “Life is good”. He had a place at Clarks Hill Lake where he enjoyed his retirement hoping to catch another fish to add to his collection of wall mounts. Life was always “good” at the lake. And life was always “good” when he was spending time with his family. But even after he was diagnosed with cancer, and I would sit with him while he had his chemo treatments, I would always greet him with, “Hey Pappy, how are you?”. Looking back, it was probably a silly question to ask considering his location, but his response was always the same. “Life is good.”
My mom, who is my best friend, recently had a cancer scare. As we sat in the doctor’s office waiting for the doctor to come in to reveal her fate, you couldn’t help but let your mind go to the worst place. The familiar phrase, “You never think it will happen to you.”, was hitting way too close to home. As we walked out of there that day with the news my mom was cancer free, we were overjoyed. I felt like we were getting off the emotional roller coaster we had been on for the past two weeks. But I remember looking at her and saying, “Not many people can walk out of here, hearing the news that you just heard today.”
My reason for raising money is to have fewer moments where you look around feeling like something (someone) is missing. And to live each day with the mentality that “Life is good!”, while being grateful for the time that I have with my loved ones.
There are 3 things you can do to help:
1. Give to TEAM "LIFE IS GOOD!" by going to this link: your.pacelineride.org/o/en/campaign/kayle-king
2. Join the Paceline Movement with Team "LIFE IS GOOD!" or start your own team as rider in the race and help raise money to fund research aimed at finding a cure by going to this link: https://www.crowdrise.com/registration/event_options/36505?fundraiser=931535
3. Tell your friends about Paceline. You can find more information by following this link: https://www.pacelineride.org/
Together, we can cure cancer faster!
Thank you so much for joining my journey!