I first met Drew at a neighborhood block party several years ago. With little introduction he immediately launched into a series of computer questions that I answered with as few words as possible before making up an excuse to get away. Don’t get me wrong, Drew seemed like a nice guy, but I was pretty sure I was about to become an unwilling actor in a play that I had seen many times before. It was clear from the way the conversation had started that someone told Drew I wrote software for a living and there was little doubt in my mind that his opening questions were intended to soften me before getting to his real point: free tech support.
It turned out was I was completely wrong about Drew. He wasn’t looking for me to be his personal no-cost Geek Squad at all. Instead, he really was interested in what I did for a living and in the years since, Drew and his wife, Charity, have become close friends of Diane and myself. Our kids get along really well too. Our soon to be five year old son, Adam, has a not-so-secret crush on their daughter, Claire. And Claire’s big sister, Emma, often plays the role of the good shepherd, making sure they don’t stray too far or get into trouble.
All of this brings me to the real point of this post. Drew has been living with a brain tumor for the past five years. It’s a tough situation that he and Charity handle with grace. He doesn’t ask for, nor does he want, pity. What he does want, however, is a cure. Hopefully we are on the verge of a cure, but until it arrives, the best thing we can do for Drew and others afflicted with brain tumors is to fund the research that will bring it about.
Diane, Adam, and myself will be a part of Drew’s team, Team D.C., in the annual Race for Hope on May 5th in Washington D.C. to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. If you would like to help out and make a donation, please head over to Team D.C.’s page on the Race for Hope site. Anything you can do will be very much appreciated.
Kevin, Diane, and Adam