We made the local newspaper and the front page to boot! The Park Cities People placed our family photo tagged with the headline that reads “UP (stands for University Park) Family to Set Sail for a Year”. While this is really cool and sort of makes us feel special, I must say that this was not our doing. Let me tell you how this came to be.
Craig and I have been long time Leukemia & Lymphoma Society supporters for obvious reasons. After completing the Half Ironman triathlon last spring, with Team in Training, (might I mention that he placed 12th in his age group!) Craig was approached by our local Dallas chapter to be the ‘honored hero’ for this years triathlon team. Naturally he said yes. As the word got around the LLS office of our upcoming trip, Craig was again asked to be an honored hero, this time for the Leukemia Cup Regatta. Which is also a fundraiser for LLS, much like Team in Training.
A honored hero is a child or adult that is undergoing treatment, in remission or a survivor of a blood related cancer. They represent the very “individual” that the athletes are raising money for. The honored hero symbolizes a mascot of sorts and provides inspiration to the athletes.
The gal in charge of the regatta asked if she could pitch our story to some news organizations at the same time advertising the Leukemia Cup Regatta. Of course, we said yes, and the rest is history…….