$7,344 raised $7,000 goal
WHY I PARTICIPATE IN A RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT:
As many of you know I recently lost the love of my life, the mother or my children, my wife and best friend to Cancer. We battled Cancer for 7 1/2 years; but on January 17, 2014, Jody Vlodek Berren lost her fight. She left behind her loving husband of 14 years (me), and our two young children, Colby, 11, and Brooke, 8, as well as countless friends who were touched by this amazing woman. Jody was an active paritipant in
Relay for Life and was the Team Captain for Hope on the Move for several
Jody faced each and every obstacle with courage, dignity, and grace. She never stopped fighting even when the obstacles were large. Jody was a beacon of hope, perseverance, and beauty handling each obstacle with optimism and resilience and was an inspiration for everybody who knew her. I would tell people that my wife was the toughest person that I knew. And I meant every single word.
More than 750 people filled Curtis Lake Church in Sanford for Jody’s memorial service. Those that knew Jody called her a warrior. The grace, courage and faith she displayed in her battle inspired many. In her final days, a Facebook page, Love for Jody, quickly amassed nearly 3,500 likes. People all over the world were praying for this remarkable woman who was always the first to offer a word of encouragement, a helping hand or a brilliant smile that lit up the room. 1000 Paper cranes, a sign of healing, were sent to our family from all over the country made by friends, family, Jody's sorority sisters, their students and Fred's fraternity brothers.
One word that comes to mind when I think about my beautiful wife is Herculean. The truth of the matter is, Jody was my hero. That sweet, sensitive 19-year-old girl who I fell in love with 20 years ago; became a sweet, sensitive selfless woman who was ferocious.
I am continuing my wife’s fight to find a cure. I am co-captain of HER Relay for Life team, Hope on the Move and I set the team goal for raising $20,000.
I decided to join the team as co-captain to take over where Jody left off. I asked myself one simple question -- What Would Jody Do? (WWJD) And my answer was Jody would continue raising money and supporting this event so that little girls and boys will no longer have to grow up without their mommy or daddy.
TOGETHER WE CAN FINISH THE FIGHT! THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!!!
Thank you to my supporters!