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.
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.
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.
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 campaign – YOU 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.