Mike from cardchronicle dot com posted a story last night concerning a Louisville fan dealing with a very serious illness in the family. Cancer-serious. A father’s five-year-old son has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia.
Let me stop Faking around and get very real with you people. When I was thirteen years old, I was diagnosed with Hodgskin’s Lymphoma. Once every two weeks, my family would drive me to Kosair’s Children’s Hospital to get pumped full of chemicals that nearly killed me. But I knew I was a lucky little shit — Hodgskin’s is relatively good cancer to have, compared to Leukemia & the others.
I can’t imagine what it would be like to be five years old and to be throwing up, feeling awful almost all the time and wondering why all the adults around you keep making these attempts to appear confident when you can see in their eyes that they are terrified. Can you?
So why should you care? Here’s something poignant that Mike said about helping this Louisville fan and his child:
…athletics are one of those necessary distractions which make life that much more enjoyable. Treating every game like the fate of the world depends on it makes it all the more exciting, but in the back of our minds I think we’re all conscious of the fact that it isn’t real. This is real. Helping the Bowens out in any capacity dwarfs wearing white to a home game against Georgetown or getting the people sitting around you to stand up and yell on third and short.
It also dwarfs any notion of separate fan bases. Doesn’t matter if the kid and his family are U of L fans or not — helping others is more important than sports championships & rivalries.
The family is asking for donations at the child’s blog. If you can’t give that, leave a note of support. Thanks in advance for whatever you can offer this family in their time of need.
Update, Sunday October 5th: The support for Shawn has been amazing! By the end of the day Friday, the Bowen’s had met their initial goal of $2,500. This proves the generosity and spirit of our state and fanbases. They are now raised their donation goal to $10,000.
Again, if you would like to donate, please head to Shawn’s site. Shawn’s parents are setting up a non-PayPal donation method — I will update this post once I know more.
For those of you in the Louisville Metro area, you may be interested in the golf scramble fundraiser being organized by Frank at Hell In the Hall and several other Cards blogs. I have no idea if this is possible, but the idea of a Matt Jones/Bobby Perry/Woo/Real Gimel Martinez foursome makes me giddy.