A little over 9 years ago, during one of our frequent trips to Disney, we met Rachel and Jim for the first time. Brandon was 3, and I was pregnant with Matty. As the years have progressed, our friendship has grown stronger. We’ve traveled the 250 miles between our homes dozens of times, and Rachel and I have participated in a handful of races together. The last nine years have been filled with lovely memories, but yesterday we drove to Orlando with heavy hearts. A little over 24 hours ago, Jim passed away.
The internet is a crazy place, who knew that a random comment about lechon asado on Noche Buena would be the catalyst to our friendship? As difficult as it is to watch my friend suffer the loss of her husband, and become a widow at 38, I am glad we are able to help her during this difficult time. And I’m not the only one. Friends have gotten together and created a GoFundMe account for them. As the days go by, and the reality sets in, Rachel will inevitably face the unknown. It will be a difficult journey without her love by her side, but we’re hoping this small gesture will help ease some of those worries. Will you help?