TEAM FINN - The Year of Missing Finn and Finding Him ...
Finn was born June 1, 2005. It is amazing to me that he died almost 6 years ago, of a rare childhood cancer - rhabdomyosarcoma. By the way he lived his life, and the fact that he died so young, Finn has managed to touch more people than lots of folks do in a lifetime.
I am lucky enough to have known Finn. But when I think of Finn, I realize how little I got to know him. He is forever a little boy, barely old enough to be artful: certainly more than a toddler, but not yet unfolding into a young man. To me, he is always one half of two rambunctious bookends - Finn and Baird, Baird and Finn. I have watched Baird grow up - I watch my sons Sam and Oliver play with Baird and I imagine what Finn might have been. I would trade all the successes of TEAM FINN, and much more, to see that potential realized. Instead of having to imagine it.
But for a minute, let's imagine it. In your mind's eye, imagine a little boy's potential realized. Not in dollars raised for research to fight what killed him. But Finn the actual person, unfolding as a life not cut short by cancer.
Imagine him scoring his first goal; dropping in on his first North Shore trail with Baird and Ollie. Imagine him, nervous, speaking in public for the first time - Pat and Sam proudly watching in the crowd. Imagine him, uncertain but determined, kissing his first girlfriend. Getting his first job; speaking at his wedding with his new wife by his side; hiring his first employee - who knows? addressing his cabinet for the first time. Imagine him proudly introducing his twin sons to their Grandpa Pat and Grandma Sam.
Now, think about how much it hurts to imagine all those things, for those who knew and loved Finn best of all. And imagine all the parents who have lost those stories, like pages ripped from a book.
What would you give to change that potential into a story that is realized? To let each acorn become a tree. To let the chapters of Finn's story, and other kid's stories, have a chance to unfold the way they should.
Please give to my Ride in honour of Finn.
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