The Lorne Muller Million
On May 20, 2019, I was driving our 5-year old, Jane, to Seattle Children's where we would learn the results from her scans. We were 20 months out of treatment for stage IV Wilms. These scans would tell us if Jane was still remission or if we were starting the fight again. As I often do, I was thinking
about Lorne. Three months earlier, he succumbed to the same cancer Jane had. The same cancer we pray daily does not return. My thoughts turned to his mom, my friend, Jessica. Her pain is so deep and so vast... it destroys me that I can't do anything to help her. I feel so utterly useless. I was quietly crying as I drove (not an uncommon occurrence for cancer moms) when an idea came to me. I say "came to me," because it wasn't my idea. This idea was planted in my head. My fundraising efforts had a specific new goal: to raise one million dollars in the next five years and I'm to call it, "The Lorne Muller Million."
I can't ease the Mullers' pain, but I see Lorne's sweet, sweet face and it fuels me to do everything I can to prevent other families from this devastation. I believe that giving me the inspiration to rise to this challenge is just one of the many gifts that Lorne left for us, the ripples of which will outlive us all. "Like a small boat on the ocean, sending big waves into motion." Thank you, Lorne.