Friday, December 09, 2005

If, Aimee, and Me

This post was written by my colleague Steve Kayser. The story is true. The need is real. Hope is the only strategy we have.

Who is She? Who is Me?

IF

If the expansion rate of the universe was changed by one-part in a trillion

trillion trillion trillion trillion, faster or slower …

Life on earth would not exist.

But it does.

If a measuring tape was stretched across the universe and segmented in one-inch increments (billions upon gazillions of inches) representing the force strengths of nature – (gravity, electromagnetism, weak and strong nuclear forces) and the tape was moved one inch in either direction …

Life on earth would not exist.

But it does.

If the cosmological constant (the energy density of space), and part of Einstein’s equation of General Relativity, was not tuned to one-part in a hundred million billion billion billion billion billion (1053 – 10 followed by 53 zeroes) …

Life on earth would not exist.

But it does.

A Step-Ahead, A Step-Behind, A Step-Away

Life, balanced on a razor’s edge, is always a step-away from the great divide. Nonetheless, life, you, me, exist … and move on.

So does Cancer.

The cause is hidden. The effect is visible to all. – Ovid

One Million Deaths … Per Second

Each one of us has between seventy-five to one hundred trillion cells in our bodies. Approximately one million of them die every second.

Our continued existence is predicated on a complex churning of cells dividing, growing, replacing and replicating. Occasionally one of those million replications per second doesn’t go well. An error is replicated. A cell mutates. Thus begins an “uncontrolled proliferation and disorganized growth of cells,” and leads us to …

3,761 people per day that will be diagnosed as “new cases of cancer,” this year in the United States alone.

3,761 people per day.

I want to talk about just one - Aimee Dailey

Please read on …

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
– Nelson Henderson

Aimee Dailey, a former Cincom employee, lives in Middletown, Ohio. Aimee is currently diagnosed with incurable cancer, and is now on her third round of chemotherapy in the last three months.

Aimee will have to go through four or five more rounds of treatments before she will know if the chemotherapy is working. The last round of treatments didn’t work – and Aimee has been fighting Cancer for the last seven years.

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.

That will be the beginning. – Louis L'Amour

What’s it like for Aimee?

Bone pain, back pain, hard to walk, muscles bind and tighten up. In Aimee’s words, “just moving is a joke sometimes”. Yet, life calls. There are still everyday duties to be performed.

Aimee is married to Bill.

They have two children; Jake is 10 years old and in the 5th grade, Eryne is 7-years-old and in the 2nd grade. Jake and Eryne have never known their mother when she didn’t have cancer. The way she is, is the way she has always been – to them

Jake wonders …

You know children are growing up when they
start asking questions that have answers. – John J. Plomp

Jake wonders and asks about going to Disney World on vacation like his friends. Aimee and Bill tell him they can’t afford it. The medical bills are crushing.

Aimee’s doctors are concerned about a newly discovered tumor close to her heart. As a result, she now has to take heart medication in addition to the 27 other medications she has to take regularly.

Do the Math

What’s the co-pay cost (the insured’s responsibility) on 27 medications?

Crushing.

And that’s just a tiny fraction of the medical bills.

But … tiny fractions make all the difference.

Tiny fractions enable life on this planet to exist.

Tiny fractions can also mean choosing between medication, food or Christmas gifts.

Between health, hope and happiness.

And Now, It’s Christmas

Aimee has been in the hospital for the last two Christmas’s. Her Christmas wish? Simple, really: To do it up well for her children, Jake and Eyrne. To make this Christmas especially memorable.

If, Aimee, and Me

We’ve talked about “If”.

We’ve talked about Aimee.

Who is the “Me”?

You.

You are me.

I am me.

We are all me.

A Helping Hand

So if you can, please, please lend a helping hand.

What would help Aimee most?

Money. Money for medical expenses, utilities, car repairs, basic needs and … CHRISTMAS gifts.

How can you help?

You can donate electronically at “Helping Hand” The Aimee Dailey Contribution Fund is set up at US Bank. You can go to any US Bank nationwide and give to the “Aimee Dailey Contribution Fund.”

Contact US Bank at:

US Bank
4401 Roosevelt Blvd
Middletown, OH 45044
(513) 422-6344

Please make checks payable to: Aimee Dailey Contribution Fund.

If you want to help locally please contact Stephanie Henry at shenry@cincom.com or call her at 513-612-2546

If you want to send Aimee a note please click on the “Helping Hand” link.

Stephanie Henry at shenry@cincom.com or call her at 513-612-2546

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