I don’t want to be writing this post. I don’t want to be sitting here, wiping tears away with a nearby burp cloth, and mourning the loss of another friend, taken too soon by lung cancer.
I’m not sure I can put into words the bond I shared with Rick Moeller. He was like a father-figure, a friend, and a fellow fighter, all rolled into one. We were comrades on this journey, always encouraging, ever-positive. I believed with everything I had that we’d be there, together, paddling the waters of his beloved Florida Keys in kayaks, riding off into a lung-cancer-free sunset.
But my heart breaks today. Rick is gone, and I just can’t help but feel that this is so WRONG. How is it possible that so many healthy, wonderful, kind people like Rick are being taken from their loving families by lung cancer? Fathers. Mothers. Brothers and sisters, husbands and wives. So many of us are dying – how can we make it stop?
I don’t have the answers today – mainly, I just have tears and confusion. But I do have one thing we can do to help, and I would consider it a personal favor if you joined me in this fight:
Join my team, Team EmBen + Rick, for the San Dimas, CA Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s 5k event on Sunday, February 12, 2017.
If you can’t come in person, please donate. If you can be there, please join with me and my family on Team EmBen + Rick to show your solidarity against a disease that attacks without reason, takes without justice, and must be put to an end.
Thank you for your support. I know we all have so much going on – Thanksgiving next week, Christmas/Hanukkah shopping, the flu, school work, job stress – but please take an extra moment tonight to appreciate those most important things in life – those you love. And please – join me in this fight. (Click HERE to join our team – make sure to join an existing team, “Team EmBen + Rick” – or HERE to donate).
Tonight I’m sending a special hug and so much love to Karan, Dylan, and Chelsea Moeller.
Much love. Live in the moment. Stay Rick Strong.