Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Racing in Nicholas' Honour

So, I know that my last post was a little depressing. The following is something a lot more positive.

My husband and I have been struggling with what to do (or not to do) on Nicholas' Angel Day. I know that it's going to be a tough day, but we really want to celebrate him. Celebrate what he means to our family and our lives....

And then this opportunity fell into our laps. The following is a letter I have drafted and sent to friends and family who have shown us tremendous love and support throughout the most difficult year of our lives.



Dear Family and Friends,

Many of you are aware that on November 7, 2008, my husband, Jim and I, were challenged with every parent’s worst nightmare when our youngest son, Nicholas, was diagnosed with a very rare brain condition and was born, at full term, sound asleep.
Our family has been forced to face the most intense grief imaginable in the past year – the loss of a child. We have struggled with an array of emotions from despair and disbelief to hopefulness and pride.

Through it all we have been blessed with the love, support and encouragement of some very important people in our lives. Two of these wonderful people are Marcus and Meagan _____. They are people whom we are extremely proud to call friends.

A few weeks ago Marcus and Meagan approached Jim and I about racing in a “Dirty Duathalon” on November 7th (Nicholas’ Angel Day), in honour of our baby boy. Jim and I have been struggling with how to commemorate this milestone and instantly felt that this will be a perfect way to remember our son. We are more than touched by our beautiful friend’s thoughtfulness.

The race is sponsored by Runner’s Life Multisport Store in Peterborough, Ontario. Marcus and Meagan will be racing in the long course (3.8K Run – 10K Bike – 3.8K Run) commencing at Sir Sandford Fleming College on November 7, 2009. The course is completely off road (hence the “dirty” part) and is a mix of single track and open trails. Both Marcus and Meagan are very skilled cross bike riders and avid runners. We look forward to cheering them on.

Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto is where we met and said goodbye to our son, Nicholas. Although it was, by far, the worst day of our lives, the exceptional medical and emotional care we received was second to none. The Valentine Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai is known world- wide for its superb care of high risk mothers and their infants. Babies’ lives are saved even before they’re born with in utero surgery and parents are treated with compassion, sensitivity and respect. It is for these reasons (and many more) that our family has decided to support the Right From The Start Campaign for Women’s and Infant’s Health at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Jim, our two Earth Angels, Evan and Kyle, and I, would like to invite you to support Marcus and Meagan in their ride to honour our son, Nicholas Warren Reeves, on November 7, 2009.

By making a donation, in Nicholas’ name, to Right From The Start: Mount Sinai Hospital’s Campaign for Women’s and Infant’s Health, you will be helping us celebrate Nicholas’ life, honouring his memory and supporting the many women and babies’ in need of urgent, excellent care.

Every donation provides hope. Every gift is precious.

We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for taking the time to consider remembering our precious Nicholas in such a special way.

With Gratitude,
Marcus and Meagan
and
Leanna, Jim, Evan, Kyle and Angel Baby Nicholas

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We included a link to a special donation page created especially in Nicholas' honour. So far we have received some beautiful and generous donations.

I can't say enough how wonderful it is to remember our son in such a special way. To know that, because of Nicholas, we are able to support essential medical research and equipment needed for tiny miracles and their families makes me extremely proud.

Of course, I wish.... I wish so much that we were raising money for a different reason, however, giving back just a little helps my heart feel a little lighter and brighter.

9 comments:

Karen said...

What a lovely way to honour Nicholas. (((Hugs))) I think that is just beautiful.

Jill said...

I think that is such a wonderful way to celebrate Nicholas! Giving back a little is such a nice thing.

It is a wonderful thing to have people in our lives like Marcus and Meagan.

November 7th will be a special day. XOXO

Holly said...

What a wonderful way to honor Nicholas!!! I think this is fantastic!!!!

Just Breathe said...

That sounds perfect. ((HUGS))

Jess said...

What a great idea! It's wonderful to see the different ways you are using your pain in positive ways to reach out and help others in a meaningful way, and honoring Nicholas so beautifully!

Shanti Mama said...

Beautiful idea! Btw, it is ok to be depressing in your posts. It is a sad depressing event that happened and part of this whole journey.

Thinking of you and Nicholas.

Kristy said...

What an amazing way to honour Nicholas. I think its amazing that so people have reached out to help keep Nicholas' memory alive. *hugs*

Bree said...

I'm so glad you found a way to spend Nicholas' Day. I'm thinking of you as that day nears. Wishing you peace, Lea.

Carly K. said...

Lea,
This is such a great way to honor Nicholas and his special day. I'll be praying for you all.

Thanks for your message on my blog, I'm so appreciative of your friendship.

Love, Carly

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