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National Sibling Day, Alice in Chains Lyrics, Interstellar, and Defeat Goliath – Hijacked by Keri

April 11, 2015

“I am not afraid of death… I’m afraid of time.”
~ From the movie Interstellar 

A few days ago was “National Sibling Day”, and so I’m a few days behind on hijacking my brother’s blog.

Photo Apr 11, 6 51 18 PM

The photo above is only one of the few in existence of me with all of my siblings- David, Kyle and I. I am the oldest sister of two younger brothers. Kyle died when he was 3 months old of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) – I was 6 and David was 5.

Fast forward 16 years to the death of my dad, via Multiple Myeloma – I was 22 and David was 21.

Fast forward thirteen years, and David has a seizure that results in a brain tumor diagnosis. For me it was devastating. My only option was to “do something”. I called the tumor “Goliath” and I rallied around the thought of its defeat.

The movement for brain tumor research is important. Brain tumors are highly aggressive and deadly. Brain tumors are the second cause of cancer deaths among youth and children! The statistics are shocking and it blows my mind how underfunded this is. The work they are doing could help many other forms of cancer, and I just want to help- to feel like I’m making a difference and not sitting idly by. I want to walk the walk and fight the fight. I want to make a Defeat Goliath website (www.defeatgoliath.com), and start blogs (read David’s here>) and be in a video with David and his fam for newly diagnosed brain tumor patients (watch it here).

David is healthy right now, but I know Goliath is still in there just waiting to get bigger and badder. It is hard to keep asking for help and to keep up the momentum a few years after his diagnosis when he is doing so much better, but it is just not good enough for me. I’m not done. If we stop, I won’t have an answer for him when Goliath grows again. I am the older sister. He is going to look at me and I can’t be standing with empty hands- I have to give him something.  Even when initially diagnosed, I felt that was my job. I had to give him hope, and build the “DG” mantra. Three-fifths of my fam left on earth… what would you do if you were me?

So, I ask people to pray for him. To buy DG T-Shirts. To walk with us, to run with us.

I am NOT afraid of DEATH at all (I do believe in heaven after all), but I am afraid of TIME. I am afraid of the lack of time on earth. I want to maximize the time. I don’t want less time for his wife and his two boys (the passion for this fight is selfish for me, but also unselfish for those two boys most of all).

So here is what you can do:

So many of you have helped us do these things- THANK YOU!

Sincerely,
The Big Sis

#nationalsiblingday #dontmesswithmybro 😉

“Here they come to snuff the rooster
Yeah here come the rooster, yeah
You know he ain’t gonna die
No, no, no oh, you know he ain’t gonna die”

~ Alice in Chains

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  1. April 12, 2015 6:04 am

    I relate to so much of what you said here — mostly the part about not sitting idly by. No way! We will be virtual walkers this year at the SBCW…so let me just send out the virtual high-five while I’m here! Go DG, GO!

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