This morning Yvan and I were listening to the radio as we always do when we get ready for work in the morning. We heard two heartbreaking stories this morning as we started our day.
The first story was about Reece Fleming a young boy who had been diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 4. His one wish in life was to marry his sweetheart Elleanor Pursglove. He had asked her to marry him a few times and she finally said yes.
Reece lived the next 4 years of his life battling the disease and in May the doctors told his parents there was nothing more they could do for him and that he had weeks to live.
So, his parents along with Elleanor's parents planned a wedding ceremony for them. Reece got his wish and the two were married in a (pretend) ceremony where they exchanged rings and vows and even had a little marriage certificate.
Reece told his mom that he could go now and the next day, July 5, 2008, at 8 years old, he passed away with his parents by his side.
The second story was about Randy Pausch. I am sure many of you have heard of Randy Pausch and his "Last Lecture" video that has been viewed by millions around the world. You might even have seen him give his lecture on "The Oprah Show" this past year.
Randy passed away today at the age of 47 from Pancreatic cancer.
If you haven't seen "The Last Lecture" then you should..I have posted it below...this is the condensed version from the Oprah Show - you can see the full hour and 15 min version on-line...but you will get the jist of his message.
While I didn't know Reece or Randy their stories inspire me. These two amazing individuals remind me what life is about....the people you love!
Peace be with you