Tonight's picture was taken in August of 2008. Mattie was home, between treatments, and was visited by Coach Dave and Larry, one of Mattie's kindergarten teachers. Coach Dave had all his high school student team members sign a football for Mattie and they also gave Mattie several other school related gifts. Dave worked at the upper school campus, and Mattie spent only one year at the lower school campus before getting cancer. Therefore, we never had the opportunity to interact with Dave. I think it speaks volumes about Dave's character that he went out of his way to meet us and to help our family when he found out Mattie was diagnosed with cancer. Coach Dave is still an integral part of our Foundation, and our connection started on the day captured in this photograph.
Quote of the day: Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment. ~ Ralph Marston
For several weeks now I have been milling over the direction of the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation for this coming year. I will be talking about this decision and the event we have decided to host and fund in future blog postings, but for now tonight's quote captures an important sentiment to me. Sometimes my own fears can cripple my judgment. I am very territorial when it comes to the Foundation, and when I am uncertain about how an event or collaborating with other organizations could impact us, I move very slowly and methodically. I try not to make any decision based on the whims of others, or even based on my own emotional reactions. After great thought, consulting with others, and assessing what will ultimately be a step forward in the childhood cancer psychosocial field, I finally made a decision. What the decision is at the moment isn't important, what is important is that a decision was made, and I feel very positive about this and what this means for the Foundation.
After a week filled with migraines, I am thrilled to say the pain is subsiding. Peter and I went out today and walked six miles around the National Mall. We saw many wonderful sights along the way which I will share with you below. Typically I am not a rain person, but given the type of intense heat we have been getting, the rain and cooler weather were very welcomed. We were at least able to walk around without feeling like we could pass out from heat and humidity.