I don’t cry through a lot of news stories. And that’s not because I’m insensitive. It’s just the opposite, in fact. I’m so sensitive that if I started crying, I’d never stop. That’s why so many times, I try to hold it together.
But I couldn’t do that for this story. Nor did I expect to.
Five-year-old Kyle Peterson is a hero in every way. Not only is Kyle in remission from AML, an aggressive form of leukemia, but his DNA is now being used for research around the world. All of that, and he is an amazing kid who smiles, laughs and plays constantly.
How do I know? He’s the son of my bff Kim Boggs Peterson. Kim and I have been friends since high school, when our antics — whether at band camp or the local movie theatre — sometimes got us into trouble. We walk a straighter line now, choosing to take our kids to the pool or the Ypsilanti Firehouse Museum over teenage trouble-making.
We’ve always had a lot of fun together. But now there’s a whole different level to our friendship. We connect not just as long-time friends whose kids splash each other in the pool and run through the house shooting Nerf guns, but as people who know what it’s like to face life-threatening diseases — and to rally for their cures. Kim and her family — husband David, sons Karl and Kyle — are some of the bravest, most inspiring people you’ll ever meet.
Grab a box of Kleenex, then check out the piece Fox 2 News aired on the Peterson Family just last weekend: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/health/young-hero-from-plymouth-beats-leukemia-20110223-ms?CMP=201109_emailshare
Then, consider joining us at the Light the Night Walk in Ann Arbor on October 8, where Kyle will be one of the honored heroes. Don, Theo and I will be there. Theo will have the honor of carrying a lighted balloon in honor of his friend Kyle.
You can sign up to walk on Kyle’s team at http://www.lightthenight.org/register. Look for Kim Peterson’s team, Kyles Korner, or register to walk as an individual.
It’s amazing, truly, to stop and think about what Kyle has already achieved in his young life. At the age of five, he’s beaten a fierce opponent and contributed to the world in a way that is beyond measure by allowing scientists to study his DNA in order to help find a cure.
All of that, and he’s got a whole lifetime ahead of him. Amen to that.
Photo courtesy of Fox News.
Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson