Tuesday, June 22, 2010

dancing in the rain

yesterday i lost a great friend and role model to cancer. in 2006, i joined team in training to help fund a cure for cancer. i had no connection to cancer, didn't even know anyone who had it. over the past 4 years i've met so many people who have been affected by it and yesterday, tim was the first person i knew who died from it.

tim palmquist was a high spirited man. always had a smile on his face. he hired me at the job i am employed today. he worked here 35's hard to believe he won't be coming back. we've known for awhile that his last days would soon come to an end. the days leading up to it were very sad. we had a conversation that i will forever hold in my heart. he was ready to die. he lived a great life and was part of a clinical trial. sadly, the trial did not save him but may be the reason someone else lives. we cried together as he told me how proud he was of all that i do to help fund a cure. i truly don't believe i can stop any time soon until we find a cure. no family should have to endure something so terrible.

so, today i try and enjoy life. try to forget the blah day i had yesterday. ignore the petty things that ruined my morning like forgetting my phone, accidentally throwing my pedometer in the wash and someone stealing my spare tire from my truck! life is too short to worry about the small things in life. today i chose to make the most of life! i chose to dance in the rain rather than wait for the storm to pass!


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, Tim. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his family.

  2. I am so sorry! I can relate to how you feel today, my friends dad lost the fight to cancer yesterday too :( . I do know however, that our journey with TNT is making a difference and I am so glad to be apart of it. Thank you for your inspiring words as I love the part about dancing in the rain. Sending hugs your way!

  3. What a terrific post and a wonderful tribute to your friend.