For our Latest Effort To Fight Cancer go to: www.bthomelanoma.com
In November 2007, I lost my best friend of 28 years to cancer. She left behind a husband and three small children (read about them here). It’s such a helpless feeling, watching someone you love fight this disease. Unfortunately, too many of us know someone fighting cancer.
I tend to post here our various fundraising efforts to help Julie and to fight cancer. We are hosting the 4th Annual BTHOCancer fundraiser on September 26. (BTHO = Beat The Hell Outta Cancer..its a Texas A&M thing). Anyway, I will try to post updates on various events. For now, check out www.bthomelanoma.com for our event to raise money for the Julie Koch Lyons Foundation. Jules wanted to create a foundation that would provide much needed funds for families like hers to fight cancer. The money will go to families with you children fighting cancer at MD Anderson.
I can’t believe how amazing things have been with the JMKL Foundation and our BTHO Melanoma Fundraisers. We are raising money and giving it to melanoma patients at MD Anderson. It feels amazing to help people when they need it most. As we hear these heart wrenching stories I am keenly aware how lucky we were to have an amazing friend, family and church support system in place. Julie’s family made it out of a horrific medical situation with a secure financial future. You know that is not normally the case. Often times people fight these diseases and in the process lose their financial security. I can’t imagine the stress of a worrying about finances when you are also fighting for your life. Every time JMKL foundation covers a hotel room, meals, pays for parking or sends a family for alternative treatment I feel so blessed that we are able to spread Julie’s legacy in such an amazing way
My Story…How I Got To Learn About Cancer
As many of you know the person I have called my best friend since I was 7 has been diagnosed with Stage IV Melanoma that has spread to her liver, lungs, breasts, and brain. It has been a life altering experience for Julie & her family as well as everyone who knows and loves the Lyons family. In the past few months I have learned more then I ever wanted to know about Cancer. I am left with one major conclusion…we need more resources to fight cancer and educate people about prevention and treatment. So this is my little page to do my part and spread the word.
Jen & Julie, 9th Grade
Nancy & Julie, 7th/8th Grade
Julie, Jen, Nancy Summer 1993, New Jersey Shore
Julie & I about to start our Road Trip to Boston, May 1993
Jenny Garman, Angie Kirby, Me, Julie Koch – Bonfire 1992/1993
Sherri, Julie, Liz, Angie, Me…Superbowl 1999 at the Millwood Ice House
Julie, Brendan, Jackson, Hallie & Kendall Lyons, 2006.