My little girl has made her Daddy so proud.  Following last week’s LiveSTRONG Challenge where I rode in honor and memory of my Wife’s cousin, Jordan, Kassidy took it upon herself to write this post. Wow, I’m so excited to share this with you.


My mom’s cousin.

He died at the age 15.

September 26 2007.

He had cancer.


He was brave.

He suffered a pain that cannot be explained or imagined.

His family suffered every step of the way, along with him.


Strong.  Courageous.

I knew cancer was bad.

Everybody does.

But knowing someone who died from it, makes you realize, cancer is not bad, it’s horrible.

I have only met him twice, that I remember, and yet, I want to be just like Jordan.

I want his strength; his courage.

We should all be more like Jordan.

by kassi

Thank you Sandy, Oz, Michaela and Jordan for teaching me the true meaning of family.

To everyone out there reading this, please do anything you can to END cancer.

Enjoy Your Ride


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24 Responses to “ Jordan ”

  1. kassi on October 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you all for such beautiful comments!!
    This was a very important post for me to write.
    When I write, I try to make the readers feel the emotion
    I feel when I write.
    It’s nice to hear this post was well liked!
    Thank you all for reading!!

  2. Clive Chapman on October 28, 2010 at 12:01 am

    My family hasn’t escaped without losses through Cancer like many families out there.

    As you point out Kassidy, life is a gift, live it to the full. Nice job.

  3. Ann Brennan on October 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I lost an aunt to cancer when I was a teenager and I watched her suffer. Twenty five years later and I still remember her and the way she fought through her illness. Some things stick with you forever and Kassi’s piece does a great job of showing that.

    • Pamela on October 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

      I agree with Ann — Kassi did a great job, and she obviously cares so much about her cousin and what he went through. What a beautiful tribute. And well written, too.

  4. Loving the Bike on October 27, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your beautiful comments and support of Kassidy’s post. I am so proud of this poem and I’m glad I was able to share it with so many people. She plans on getting on to respond to some of the comments herself tomorrow.


  5. KelliLovesHerBikes on October 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    What a beautiful, inspirational post Kassidy. Your father should absolutely be proud of you! I’m proud to be on your team!

  6. Janice (Mom) on October 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    You are my precious angel. Your writings are beautiful. The comment Eric made about good writers make you feel is so true. When I read your post all the good memories of Jordan went thru my mind once again. We will never forget him and thank you for reminding us all what a brave young man he truly was. I love you so much and miss you every day Kassidy. I can’t wait to see you again in December. Keep up the good work my darling.
    Love, one very proud Nanny!!

    • kassi on October 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you Nanny for commenting!!
      That really means a lot to me!!
      Love you sooo much!!!


  7. Amanda on October 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    So touching! This brought tears to my eyes!! You really have a way of making people FEEL your emotion that you put into your writing.
    I’m so proud of you, Sweetie!

    • kassi on October 29, 2010 at 7:01 pm

      Thank you mom!
      I know you were upset when Jordan past away.
      At the time, I didn’t understand why, but now, I do.


      • Amanda on October 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm

        Thanks Sweetie! You really are an amazing young lady, and an awesome writer!
        Keep it up! 🙂

  8. Donald on October 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Very touching Kassi! Thank you for sharing.

  9. bob rogers on October 27, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for your beautiful thoughts, so well presented. You touched many.

  10. Liza on October 27, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Oh Kassidy,
    You have done it again…you never cease to amaze me! Your words are beautiful and Jordan would be so proud. Thank you for sharing your experience of how Jordan’s life inspired you. Although I never met Jordan, your words help to share not only his story, but his spirit and strength!

    Love you!

    • kassi on October 29, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you Liza.


  11. Daniela on October 27, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Thank you, Kassidy, your post is a beautiful reminder that life is the most precious gift of all. It takes courage to write about something that is so challenging emotionally. You are one special girl and I feel honoured to be among the ones you share your thoughts with.

  12. Tony on October 27, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Very touching poem. Well done. Your right, we all need to strive to be as strong as Jordan.

  13. VitaminLee on October 27, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Kassidy this is so touching and I feel very emotional after reading it….such an outpouring of love and affection!!! Most of all I’m impressed by your intuition and observation. You are so right – we should ALL be more like Jordan (also I had no idea he was so young). Thank you so much for sharing this part of yourself with us. **HUGS**

  14. heather on October 27, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Cassidy you are wise beyond your years.I only got to know Jordon that summer he was sick and you described him perfectly. Your parents should be so proud of you Well done

  15. DareToBecome on October 27, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Kassidy you are such a precious young lady!

  16. RaceG on October 27, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Beautiful post by Kassidy, Darryl. She’s going in the right direction hehe

  17. Eric Hutchins on October 27, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Nice job with something that is really tough to write about. A lot of times people feel like they need to fill up space with words to say something important. I believe that some times the extra words get in the way of what you are trying to say.
    Good writers make people “feel” something when they read. You have made me feel the pain and sadness for Jordon and his family. I know that he was loved and that he was strong and brave.
    Well done.

    • bikerly on October 27, 2010 at 7:39 am

      Couldn’t agree more with Eric. This is a beautiful post. Thank you!

    • kassi on October 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you so much. Your comment means a lot to me.

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