Below is a letter that Heather and I sent to our Lava Man team mates today. For those of you who do not know, 17 people joined together to form Team Carmen to raise money for LLS and complete the Lava Man Triathlon.
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Aloha Team Carmen,
We are just over a week away from the Lava Man.
Heather and I wanted to take a moment to let you know how proud we are of all of you for taking on this challenge in Carmen's Honor.
As we approach race day, we will all go through different emotions - nervousness, excitement, anticipation and in some cases fear.
Regardless of how you are feeling about this race you should be holding your head high because you are all champions - even before you take one stroke, one peddle or one step.
You all embarked on this challenge back in December to raise $27,000 for LLS in the name of Carmen Leolani White. And you did it!!!
If you have any doubts at this point, allow me to remind you exactly who you are racing for.
Our 5 year old daughter, Carmen Leolani White, was full of pure love, joy, bliss and above all was incredibly strong. After she was diagnosed with Leukemia in May 2011, she never once complained. She never once said she was tired, or she could not do it, or she had a cramp, or she was too hot. Right up until Carmen became an angel in October, she woke up everyday with a smile on her face, a jump in her step and a determined spirit to kick Cancer's ASS!!!
You think about this little girl next week when you are feeling tired. You think about this when complaints enter your head. You think about this when you think you can not do it and want to quit.
You think about this not only for Carmen but for every kid out there who battles Cancer who would LOVE to be Swimming, Biking and Running right along side of you.
This is who YOU are racing for.
You are doing this for our daughter and for the parents everywhere who have lost a part of their soul.
This is not just a race for Heather and I. This is not about our time, or the accomplishment or even to raise money for LLS.
This race is about making Carmen proud. To show our little baby that we can fight too.
I know Carmen will be on each of your shoulders next Sunday guiding you to the finish line. Talk to her, laugh with her and show her that together we can kick Cancers ASS one step at a time.
There are going to be over 500 people racing as part of Team in Training next weekend. They all race for their own reasons.
Let's show them how strong Team Carmen is!!!!!!
In closing, I would like to let you know that you have inspired more than just Heather and myself. The Lava Man Race Director called me today, to let me know that they have heard of Team Carmen and will be dedicating the entire 2013 Lava Man Waikaloa to Carmen Leolani White and to all members of Team Carmen who race for her.
You are champions!!!! You are warriors!!!!!
Love and light
Chris, Heather and Trevor (Team White + 1 in Heaven)