Join us in celebrating today. The tradition of "Ice Cream Day" was started by Nicolas and Kyle when they made a list of things they wanted to do together the spring before Kyle died. At the top of that list was to have a day they could eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all snacks! They were both over the moon when I said yes. We bought more ice cream than we could possibly eat and mixed and matched flavors and topping for every meal. The memory of that day and the joy it brought all of us will live with me forever. Now there is no better way I can think of the celebrate the life of my amazing boy and the incredible relationship he shared with his brother. The gift I would like to share with you is for you to witness that same joy by treating your children to this simple indulgence. Not only will you be honoring the life of an wonderful boy who fought so hard but you will also honor your own children and all the joy they bring to you.
To my beautiful boy,
I miss you every minute of each day. Your laugh, your smile, your joy was infectious to everyone who knew you and to so many who only knew of you. You continue to inspire me. I will continue to seek out ways to honor your spirit. I love you always.
Thank you for your continued support!
|Kyle with his friend Husky QB Jake Locker|
Our Lucky Dawg with Husky QB Jake Locker
The Run of Hope is a 5k run and 3k walk benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund through Seattle Children’s Hospital. Kyle's doctor, Jim Olson, and his colleagues are dedicated to accelerating the discovery of novel treatment for children with brain cancer. They hope to translate these findings into therapeutic protocols and finally replace a standard of care that hasn’t changed in the last 30 years.
Funds already raised for this research have contributed to the development of Tumor Paint, a fluorescent paint made by the venom of a scorpion, which helps neurosurgeons discern where a tumor begins and where it ends. Being able to see a tumor that ordinarily looks like normal brain tissue enables surgeons to more precisely remove the entire tumor. Revolutionary discoveries like this are making a difference in the lives of children, but more research is needed!
The team running in memory of Kyle is called “OOO-UM-GOW-AH.” A familiar chant for anyone who supported Kyle during his two-year battle with DIPG. Whether you join the team or make a donation you’ll give hope to the more than 3500 children diagnosed with brain cancer each year.
And between now and October 18th all donations made to the Kyle Roger Fund will also be contributed to the “OOO-UM-GOW-AH” team. If you aren’t able to make a donation online and would like to instead send a check, send me an email requesting the mailing address.
Thank you for your continued generosity. And thank you for helping me honor Kyle, his infectious smile, his competitive spirit, and his love for life. Together we can show Kyle how much we remember and that we are all better because of it.
Video of Kyle's life...filled with smiles, laughter, adventure, and love.
Kyle Roger Memorial 2/16/2009 from Gil Lund on Vimeo.
Dr. Olson cares for children with brain cancers at Seattle Children's Hospital but spends the majority of working hours in his lab, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, looking for ways to fight this horrific disease. If you would like to make a donation to Dr. Olson's lab in memory of Kyle we would be honored.
Here are two ways to ensure donations are directed to Jim in memory of Kyle:
Erik Johnson, one of Kyle's dearest friends, will deliver donations to Seattle Children's and ensure they are directed to Dr. Olson's lab. Seattle Children's will send a receipt to the address on the check for all donations over $10. Erik will also share the news of each donation with Kyle's family.