The next day life took a turn for the worse. I got a call early on June 27 from my mom and through the muffled voice message I knew that our worst fears had become reality. That was the day that I found out my precious 8 year old cousin Christopher Robert Schraufnagel had lost his battle with cancer. Words can not describe how broken my heart was and how many thoughts went through my head. I was angry, sad, and completely at loss. My heart and my mind could simply not understand how such a courageous and strong CHILD could be taken from this world in the blink of an eye. I will still never understand why, but I know that Christopher is in a better place in the arms of Jesus. Christopher was an inspiration to everyone who met him and he brought smiles to a million faces. He not only touched the lives of those around him, but he changed them. Seeing Christopher go through his battle with cancer and watching how it affected my family and the people who knew him opened my eyes to life and helped me realize that it is so incredibly short and you are never guaranteed another day.
So through all the heartache and the loss I have gained new strength, new courage and more than ever MOTIVATION. I want to dedicate everything I do to bringing awareness to cancer research and saving the lives of children going through struggles like Christopher did. I have decided to challenge myself to training for a 5K and then a marathon and this challenge is not only to run, but to become exceptional at it. I am determined to help represent Team Christopher and raise awareness about childhood cancer research and use my health to help fight for a cure.
Christopher is in my thoughts every single day and I put my best effort into everything I do because of him. I know I have an angel watching over me and I am so blessed to not only have known such an incredible young man, but also so lucky to call him family.
Forever & Always