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Max finished 3rd for the entire triathlon, that's what the 3 fingers are about.
My kids participated again in the Miracles of Mitch triathlon in August and raised over $1000 for kids fighting cancer. But this year it hit a little closer to home because a family friend's 14 year-old son was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in May. Brenden has been a complete ROCK STAR. He has undergone surgery that removed part of his femur and replaced it with a metal rod. He has had 9 chemo treatments and has 9 more to go. He has been working through this, working through the crap of having cancer with a positive attitude and I am beyond impressed.
I am always humbled when I stand watching the kids race but this year it meant a little more. Unfortunately, my kids have run for friends of friends or I ran into someone I knew from high school last year whose child had cancer. But this year, this year we knew Brenden. How can a healthy kid who was playing baseball the day before find out he has cancer? A fall, a limp, a routine check up and the doctor says that horrible word. It's when things like this happen that you step back and say a little thank you that your child is healthy. I am thankful that my children can do something positive and I'm SO proud of them for doing it year after year.