From Mark McGuire’s TU Blog: A life measured not in years, but in Myles

An excerpt of a beautiful story told so gracefully by Mark McGuire.  In case you missed it this morning, you should check out the link to full story here.

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BETHLEHEM — As a February rain fell on the group walking through Disney World, Myles McAdoo, ahead of the pack, made an observation to no one in particular.

“Maybe the clouds are crying,” he said, “because they want me.”

Not yet. Not just yet.

In January the 9-year-old  — who previously survived a bout of brain cancer detected just before his third birthday — had been diagnosed with a fatal cancerous tumor on his brain stem: pontine glioma. There was no surgery, no treatment, that could save him.

His mother never gave Myles the terminal diagnosis.

“I never put that weight on him,” Laurel McAdoo said. “I never wanted to tell him he had been given this death certificate.”

Myles McAdoo died in his Delmar home in the early morning hours Tuesday, after two violent thunderstorms had given way to a steady rain. The clouds claimed him.

But between that diagnosis and his death, Myles McAdoo did not spend his remaining days dying. He spent them living.

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About CRSS Race for Hope

Since 2009, the Capital Region Special Surgery Race for Hope events have raised over $200,000, of which all monies have been dedicated to fundraising, since overhead costs are underwritten by Capital Region Special Surgery. This year's 5K will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The major goal of the Capital Region Special Surgery – Race for Hope Fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, is to make grants to not-for-profit organizations/programs serving uninsured and underinsured patients who are experiencing a financial hardship related to a brain, head, or neck cancer diagnosis in the Capital Region (Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington counties). Thus far, these proceeds have been allocated to the following local 501c3 organizations: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, Ellis Hospital Foundation, Inc., Saratoga Hospital—Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center, and patient services at St. Peter’s Cancer Care Center.
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