I attended a brain cancer fundraiser on Friday night and ran into Madi and Devon. Two kids who have battled and I believe beat brain cancer. As a person who lost his father to this terrible disease it left me with a renewed sense of inspiration I had not experienced in some time. Seeing the smiles and their little characters come out during the evening was refreshing.
It sucks that such young people who still have so much to do and learn in life have to battle a disease that can take those pending experiences away from them. Watching Devon and Madi Friday night, you’d never guess they went through something so devastating with their obvious zest for life and living in the moment. At one point, Devon got up with Marc Muir and Rod Rivette and sang Green Day’s Time of Your Life and he owned the stage. This was one of the highlights of my night for sure.
Kudos to Dr.Paul Poirier for organizing Bikers Against Brain Cancer year after year making sure money is raised for treatment and research. He along with his Kinsmen brothers put on a great gig Friday that raised roughly $5000. The actual bike rally is June 13th so expect that number to grow. These are the people who make Cornwall such an amazing place I love calling my home town.
The takeaway for me that night was all about watching these two youngsters, who have gone through worse than I may ever go through in my life, living in the moment and having a blast. They were not bitter, not angry, not depressed, no sad. They were full of life and smiles exuding positivity, and for me inspiration. Why do we dwell so much on the negative side? Why do we let things, often trivial, bog us down with anger, frustration or sadness. We should be living each moment and working towards creating those memories that will last for ever and put a smile on your face years later. I am smiling right now as I write this just looking back on Madi and Devon having a blast on Friday night in a room full of adults.
They may be too young to understand how much they inspire. I’m sure their parents have seen it, felt it too. Both families were there and it was all smiles and a fun night out. They been to dark places helping their kids battle something very serious and came out better people, fighters, warriors who kept the family strong through adversity. We need to be exposed to more of this reality and come away with inspiration, not a sense of feeling sorry for them.
They say it takes a village to raise a child…in this case two children are helping raise the village.