Why Mandy Relays

Mandy's Reason To Relay:

Mary Beth Knox 

[November 28, 1984 - March 27, 2007]

My roommate and best friend from MSU who lost her life at age 21 to a yearlong battle with Sarcoma Cancer. 

Throughout her life, Mary Beth worried more about others than she did herself. Her love for her family and friends and selfless attitude made her a genuinely rare find.

Even throughout her sickness, her optimism was unparalleled. During her last few days, when asked by her priest, Father Jerry, if she was afraid to die, her response was, "No, I'm just going to miss my family & friends."

Life can be hard. Work can be stressful. Our loved ones can push us to the breaking point. But in the end, we should be so lucky to have those things in our lives and smart enough as human beings to know they're not forever.

Mary's life was cut shorter than anyone's life ever should be, yet up until her very last moment, she found the silver lining, the brighter side of things, and she made the best of each and every moment because she knew that hers were numbered...

...and what we must remember is that OUR moments are numbered. Regardless of whom we are, our age, our place in the world, our moments are numbered.

Everything we have can be taken away in the blink of an eye.

All I'm asking is that the next time life seems infeasible, or a bad mood seems impossible to shake, just think about Mary Beth, staring death in the face, laughing and loving even more than before.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Mary Beth, you will forever continue to take my breath away...I miss you & love you MBK. 

I am walking to honor my best friend Mary Beth Knox - an incredible individual whose life was cut short by Cancer. Throughout her yearlong battle, she fought hard with a smile & carried with her a positive outlook. As my guardian angel Mary Beth gives me strengthcourage and inspiration to fight Cancer by participating in Relay For Life. She has been with me throughout my journey and I know she’ll be there cheering me and the others to the finish line.

Christy Lynn (DePriest) Wright
May 24, 1985 - May 6, 2010
Along with my team, I will also be walking in support of one of the most amazing & beautiful people I have ever had the pleasure to know. She was full of faith, and always supportive and strong throughout her life. She blessed many people with her friendship, love and compassion...and her faith in the Lord was always strong. Thank you God for allowing such a wonderful person to be a part of my life. 

1 comment:

kirstyb said...

incredible story xxx