Cancer was not supposed to take my husband, John, at barely 58 on March 23, 2020. I always thought it could be me since there's a high incidence of cancer in my family. The Kriegers are a hardy family with very little cancer history and lots of longevity. John just lived his life and was healthy and strong and I always teased him that I had to work so hard to keep up with him. What we never saw coming was the rare bile duct cancer that would take him only 4 weeks after being diagnosed.
We took a really nice family vacation hiking in Colorado just 6 months earlier. We had so many plans: remodeling the house, vacations with family, retirement! We had been together 40 years and did everything "right". But then cancer came and destroyed the best laid plans. But from the destruction comes hope. Hope for new treatment, new cures, new research into what causes these rare cancers.
My pledge is to ride 200 miles this summer...we loved to bike together and I'll carry John's memory close as I ride....for him and me and our son and ...for everyone who needs some hope!
Thank you for your LOVE and SUPPORT,
Hope is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all.