It was Sunday morning, Mother’s Day, while scrolling through Facebook I saw the news that Stephanie Grady had lost her battle with cancer. Not only was it hard to hear as she was just starting treatment in hopes of battling back, but thoughts instantly go to her husband and three children that are now left behind. I didn’t know Stephanie but I know her story: my aunt died at a young age due to cancer and left behind three young children. I was so young when it happened, just a baby, and never got to know her. So to hear that today, all these years later, the same story, is heartbreaking.
It’s also frustrating as all this time has passed since losing my aunt, here we are again. We fund raise, we research, we have treatments, yet we can’t stop cancer. I’m sure you’re asking, like I am, when we’ll eradicate it and after this heartbreak this weekend, the answer is – not soon enough.
But here’s where We’re NUT Givin’ Up, because we can’t. Three young children need love around them, supporting them, because as much as we hope children learn by what we say, they learn by what we do. We grieve, we keep Stephanie’s spirit alive, and we charge forward because like the saying of the campaign that brought together a community around a mom who was in the fight of her life: We’re NUT Givin’ Up. Not now. Not ever.
My condolences to the family and friends of Stephanie Grady.
There’s more on Stephanie’s story here.