Thursday, February 13, 2014

Live Life to its Fullest

“I intend to leave this life with nothing but love, acceptance, forgiveness and compassion in my heart. I am so ready to live life to its fullest. I only wish I would have thought to do it sooner.” ~Craig Dunham 1960-2010

These were the words from my good friend, Craig Dunhum, in his email when delivering the news that he'd been diagnosed with ALS (more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease).  This video was made a few weeks before he died. I helped him communicate his love to his friends and family. He wasn't able to talk on the phone and I was happy I came up with a solution. Can you imagine not being able to move or talk? 

My goal is to honor Craig's memory by becoming the top fundraiser for the Walk to Defeat ALS. Last year the top fund-raiser raised over $12,000, so that will be a challenge, but I like a good challenge!

Craig always lived life to the fullest, even when he could no longer move or speak. It's only fitting that his initials match that of the saying, Carpe Diem. I know if he were still alive he would be jumping wheelies in his wheelchair, probably creating some new Olympic sport to help me raise money. I wish I could think of some cool, nifty trick that I could do myself that would help me make this message go viral, but all I can think of right now is just to ask for your help.  One thing I might do is send an eBook to everyone with inspirational stories about Craig and how he lived life fully, in spite of this disease.  Do you have an inspirational story? Let me know!

Please help me keep Craig's spirit alive by:

1) Spreading the word! Please pass this link on and spread to your social networks!

2) Join team Carpe Diem and if you live in the Denver area, come walk with me on Sept. 13.

3) Donate! (Anything helps.)

4) Let me know stories of people in your life who you've been inspired by (by comment or email)

5) Make every minute count...  Carpe Diem!