Since posting about Marty's upcoming neurosurgery the other day, we have been overwhelmed with love and support. To say that we are humbled is a gross understatement.
Our goal of posting was to let our loved ones in on the journey we are facing, so that no matter how far away someone was, they could reach out to him with words of encouragement and stay updated of his status. Never in a million years did we expect the outpouring of love that has come our way the last several days, through phone calls, text messages, emails , Facebook posts and so much more!
Today was particularly difficult, for reasons we don't really know. Perhaps it is the newness of it all and the unknown expectations of what the surgery will bring. Perhaps it is the worry we feel and the hope that everything will go as planned. Or perhaps it is because we have tried so hard to stay too strong for too long through a situation that is beyond our understanding and control. We go through life trying to control our variables so that we can know what to plan for, and so that we can try to plan for the unexpected. It is when something like this comes along that we realize that we really have no control at all. That has been a very difficult and humbling realization for us.
Today, we were further humbled, by a band of brothers whom Marty holds near and dear to his heart...brothers whom he has shed blood, sweat and tears with - literally - I've seen the stains on the jerseys to prove it :)
There is something so special about a team...the way they always have your back, the way they lift you up when you are down and how they love and look out for one another. Marty is a part of a very special team, the KU Hockey Alumni, who today reached out to help their teammate and lift him up, and who in their own words, "hijacked" our Facebook pages to post a Go Fund Me page in "Party Marty's" name entitled "PartyMarty's SuperPac Campaign Fund". Reading through their carefully crafted message, we knew they wanted to make us laugh, to ease the pain we are going through and to lend a hand to their teammate from afar.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to Eric Mathias, Adam Paulitsch and all the KU Hockey boys who helped to put this together, and to all of our friends and family who have contributed! You truly turned our tears into laughter, and you lifted our spirits. We are humbled beyond words.
We love you all!