I’ve asked you so many times for your support, in so many ways, over the past 6 years, as we fought Tracy's cancer. And you’ve always responded.
I’m asking you once again to support me in supporting Jack's Caregiver Coalition as they launch ‘Storm Chasers,’ a new program intended to support caregivers during crises.
On July 6, 2023, three days before Tracy died, Jack’s hosted a BBQ at our house for our families. They came with a grill. They came with chicken wings. They came with dinner and so much love.
And I cannot tell you how much support and relief I felt.
I’d been carrying so much stress, anxiety, terror, fear, sadness, guilt for so long. Driving back and forth to Mayo every day to visit Tracy in the ER; coming home every day and feeling like I was abandoning her; worrying about the kids’ fears about their mom and wondering what I was going to tell them every day when they asked me, straight up, ‘tell me the truth.’
It was a loneliness I can’t express.
The only day and next morning, during that entire time, that I was relieved and didn’t wake up in fear, was during and after that gathering.
I told Kyle as he was leaving, ‘you have to use this as a template for a Jack's program.’
A couple weeks later, Kyle showed me his proposal for launching ‘Storm Chasers.’ He told me it would be the goal of the The Big GIVE campaign. It took my breath away.
Introducing Storm Chasers!
I’m asking for your support - again - as Jack's seeks to raise $125,000 to build a program that will bring together a team of volunteers, a fine-tuned portable kitchen, and the love and support of Jack's Caregiver Coalition to bring the gathering they held for me to so many others - when they need it most.
This. Is. Important.