Happy Birthday Mom. Thank You For MY Gift Through YOUR Legacy.

I haven’t written a blog post since my Mom passed away last December. I attempted to write a Mother’s Day post, but it overwhelmed me too much. I’m in a much better place today…thanks to my Mom, Leslie Lehrman.

 

Mom's senior picture.

Mom’s senior picture.

 

Tomorrow (Sunday, August 4th, 2013) would have been my Mom’s birthday…the big 7-0.  I cannot believe she would have been 70 years-old. She didn’t look or act that age one smidge. Then again, I still can’t really believe she is gone. I still reach for the phone to call her. I see people in crowds that make me do a double-take – certain it was her my eyes just struck. I still think she’s on some extended vacation and returning soon. Then, on the other end of the spectrum, I wonder if she was really ever here at all. It’s all part of the grieving process, I know.

 

Me & Mom.

Me & Mom.

I miss her deeply. But, she is with me – and so many others – everyday. I am so fortunate and blessed we shared her journey together. Not only did it further our bond, which wasn’t always the greatest, but led to a legacy of bringing others love and comfort through their cancer journeys: SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer.  Through SMAC! Mom and I can continue our lung cancer advocacy.  Her voice is just being heard in a different way now – through the smiles and hugs of those holding their own SMAC! monkeys.

 

SMAC! love.

SMAC! love.

 

The first shipment of SMAC! monkeys went out only a few weeks ago. Each  picture that comes in absolutely make my heart melt and cry happy tears.  Mom wanted others with cancer to find the same comfort with the SMAC! monkeys as she did. And, it’s happening. It’s really happening…thanks to YOU. 

Whether you gave $5 or $1,000 – or anything in between to the crowdfunding campaignYOU brought SMAC! to life. I have the extreme honor of carrying out her legacy. These little monkeys and the people they are helping bring me more joy that I can possibly describe. While those with/impacted by cancer now have a little monkey buddy by their side, I, in turn, have a tangible piece of my Mom – in each of these faces (human and of the monkey kind).

So, on my Mom’s birthday, I am thanking her and all of you for this most incredible gift – a gift built on the act of giving, providing comfort and creating social change. Change for this disease – one SMAC! monkey at a time.

Onward we SMAC!, Mom.

 

More SMAC! love.

More SMAC! love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • http://dannybrown.me/ Danny Brown

    So very proud of you, miss, and your mom left a wonderful legacy that lives on in you. x

    • http://www.wtflungcancer.com/ Jennifer Windrum

      Thank you SO much Danny. So much of the SMAC! monkeys becoming a reality is due to your help and support. I can’t possibly thank you enough. When I see your Scottish mug in person, you just watch out. You’ll get the biggest hug you’ve ever seen.

  • Mickey Gomez

    Such a vibrant legacy of hope and love – the perfect celebration of your incredible mom and a testament to your strength and spirit. Big hugs, my friend.

    • http://www.wtflungcancer.com/ Jennifer Windrum

      Oh Mickey, thanks so much for your kinds words. Like I said, without people like YOU and the awesome communities that brought SMAC! to life, these little creatures would still just be an idea. I so appreciate your support….and friendship, girlie!!

  • http://www.WaxingUnLyrical.com/ Shonali Burke

    I am so grateful to be a part of this story, even in a little way. So much love to you and Leslie, even though she is no longer on this physical plane. What an amazing legacy she left, and you are carrying on. xoxoxo

    • http://www.wtflungcancer.com/ Jennifer Windrum

      Shonali, you are a true gem. You know that? I can’t thank you enough for your support. There is just no way. Many hugzzzzz to you, my friend and THANK YOU.