This week I found out that my friend Ted’s one-year-old son has brain cancer.
Ted and I have known each other since middle school, but weren’t really close until college — when he went to the same small school as one of my bffs, and we started spending a lot of time together during breaks.
Full disclosure: I had a crush on him. And so did Megan, and Kristin did too, I think. (Also, Mike — it was 11 years ago, and I’m over it. …finally.)
But then things happen. People graduate, and get jobs and move around — and I haven’t seen him in a while. Like, at least seven years, I’d guess?? Since then we both got married, bought houses with swimming pools, and became grown-ups.
Ted and his wife Lori, who I haven’t had a chance to meet yet, also had a little boy named Theo — who is adorable, and (obviously) a tough little guy.
I won’t go into all the details, because it’s not really my story to tell — but my friend and his family have been to hell and back in the last few months, and they’ve got a tough road ahead. You can read all about it (and donate to help with their growing medical bills) on their blog thinkingoftheo.org.
At a fundraiser for Theo last night, I got to see Ted, which was wonderful — although I wish it had been under happier circumstances. The good news is, Theo seems to be handling treatment well, and they’re finally home from the hospital.
This was one of those rare occurrences when social media actually did something helpful — and wasn’t just a tool for people to spy on their exes.
What? You know you do!
So thanks again to my friend Sandra for getting the word out (and to Ellen, Kara, Julie and Megan — and a lot of other people I saw, but didn’t get to talk to) — it’s nice to know we’re all from a place that can pull together (and eat some pizza) to support an old friend — even if we haven’t seen him in seven years. And he married someone else.
Kidding! I really am over it.