If you look at #sharetheSPARK on Instagram, you'll see evidence that this movement makes big strides in the fitness community. Our fans and our awesome ambassadors are getting out there and motivating others to achieve and believe. This incredible movement, however, is not limited to the fitness community. As one of our ambassadors discovered, a little motivation can make a big difference to cancer caregivers. This is Stacey Morgan's #sharetheSPARK story:
My Aunt is a school teacher in Northern Minnesota. All teachers are amazing in my opinion, but Trisha has a history of going above and beyond. Whether it’s helping a struggling student find resources to succeed or loudly leading the cheers at the Friday night football game, Trisha has made a positive impact on her small-town community and is well loved for it.
Last June, she and her husband were enjoying a summer vacation out East. They were visiting and staying with their daughter who lives in Virginia. After a relaxing day at the apartment pool, my uncle Steve suffered a massive stroke. A stranger found him collapsed on the men’s locker room floor. Paramedics were called and Steve was rushed to the nearby hospital where he immediately underwent a series of tests while they attempted to get his blood clotting under control. It was during this extensive investigation that doctors discovered Steve has stage IV prostate cancer. Without the ability to fly home due to the recent strokes, it was determined he would need to undergo chemotherapy in Virginia.
Initially, Steve was unable to speak and couldn’t move half of his body. Miraculously, nearly 9 months after the initial strokes, he is walking and talking and laughing again. But they are still in Virginia. And as the chemo treatments continue, so does their fight to come home.
I wanted to find a way to remind Trisha that her family and friends are rooting for her and Team Steve, even when we can’t physically be there. So for Christmas, I sent a “Never Give Up” WISH Wrap. I hoped it would give her strength during harder times.
My cousin, who also received a matching bracelet, snapped this picture on a day when it seemed as if an insurance snafu would force my uncle to miss a scheduled Chemo.
After hours and hours of being persistent and steadfast, the situation was resolved and my uncle’s treatment plan continued uninterrupted. My cousin sent me the photo with a text that said, “This bracelet was REALLY useful today!”
My aunt didn’t know that it was being taken. She says she looks tired, though calls the photo “honest.” But I love how engaged and indomitable she looks. I also love how it shows the power of a WISH Wrap; how something so small and simple can carry a feeling of support, comfort and confidence across the miles.