I’m not sure how summer could get any better than to give you an update on 4 of “My Guys”. You know them, too, as you have prayed long and hard for them as they have each dealt with health crisises.
Matt and Lance, my “blueberry buds” just a short year ago were fighting for their little lives with the often deadly e-coli bacterial infection running amuck through their systems What a joy it is to see them, picking black and blueberries and having their first sleeping-bag sleepover with me in their toy room a couple weeks ago! Their mom and dad are both teachers in the LaCenter School District – and what a district it is. I had the pleasure to be a guest speaker at the high school and a community event. In all of my 35 years in the schools have I have never had a more respectful and engaging student audience! I have much confidence in the future with mom/dads like Matt and Lynn, with sons who are as respectful and honoring for all of their 3 and 5 years of age! (Not to mention characters!)
My other guys I sadly had to say goodbye to as they moved to Mukilteo, WA so that Connor can be closer to Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle. Connor, 7, has been battling cancer since he was 2. He and his brother Carson, 5, have been my Relay For Life sidekicks, emcees and community speaking helpers the last couple years. Siblings are often forgotten when a brother or sister is sick, so we honored and included Carson every bit as Connor – because cancer doesn’t just hit the person, it hits the whole family and in Connor’s case, the whole community. Wasilla’s loss is King/Snohomish County’s gain. Mom Alicia and Dad, Steve (who will commute from the oil fields in Alaska every 3-4 weeks, which adds even more of a challenge) are rising to the adventure, even while on the roller coaster of treatment. Connor celebrated his 5th year transplant mark this summer and when in Seattle we celebrated by feeding the sea gulls at Ivar’s (in between them shuffling me to appointments!!)
Thanks for keeping “my guys” and their folks in your thoughts and prayers….they are our future, and I have every confidence that they will be doing GREAT things!! I’ll keep you posted!
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Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.