Sweet Emotions


Today, I have an office day. I use this time to catch up on e-mails, pay bills and organize all the craziness in my life. I had some time today at lunch to punch out a blog. It’s only Thursday and this week has been filled with all kinds of emotion. On Tuesday I paid my final respects to a great friend and fellow Johnsburg Lion – John Smidl. I put a note on my Facebook account to pay tribute to my friend who battled for 11 years with cancer. I had a few stories to share with others on Tuesday night and we laughed and cried together all while watching John lay in a hospital bed in his living room. Before I left, I gave him a hug and told him I loved him. He passed away early that next morning. The next day a few of us in the Lions were talking and I mentioned to one of them that at that moment I wasn’t sad, I was angry. Angry because about a year ago, John was taking a trial drug that was actually working, it was shrinking his cancer. The problem was they could not offer the drug after the trial was over. See, the FDA had not approved that drug for use yet. So, I was angry, angry that we had something that could have helped my friend and possibly kept him alive a lot longer. Maybe my anger was selfish but we need more people like Mr. Smidl in our world and if it meant breaking a rule or doing something to move the approval process quicker so be it. I understand we have rules and regulations but again, my anger was selfish.

I mentioned in the first paragraph I have had many emotions and life is one hell of a roller coaster so, in the same week I was extremely happy because we are putting together our Volunteer and Sponsorship party at Pistakee Golf Course on June 22nd. It will feature live music from Valentine and free food. It’s us giving back to all the folks that have helped us over the years. You don’t have to be a volunteer to show up. If you just want to donate or sponsor something you are welcome too! The event will start at 7:00 and we would love to see you come out and help the cause. This kickoff party will set the tone for our 5th annual Walla-Pa-Looza event. So, mark down July 27th as well.

In closing, next weeks emotions won’t be any better. I was told that John’s service will be on June 11th. That is the same day, my son Justin was born into this world. Justin will be 12 that day and as one great man leaves us, I hope my son will pick up where John left off and become a giver not a taker. (Thanks Gary, I liked that comment a lot)