I’m writing this blog for the benefit of everyone new to us that doesn’t know the Team Martina back story.
Today is a special and strange day.
We were featured in The Huffington Post this week. When the reporter called to interview me about our team, she asked me if any special things had happened or if any of our volunteers had been touched in unique ways by the do good projects we work on.
Our whole history is one special and amazing story… and it’s because of a woman who was suppose to turn 41 today. But, because of cancer, she remains 40…forever.
The music video for Martina McBride’s 2011 country hit “I’m Gonna Love You Through It" starred several women who were cancer survivors. There were famous women in the video like Sheryl Crow and Robin Roberts and there were regular, every day women and their families included in the video as well.
When I decided to start our volunteer charity team to fight cancer, I started by contacting some of the women from that music video to see if they wanted to do a cancer fundraising event with me. The first one I found was the first one to answer me back… Taira Baughman.
Taira spoke in the video about being diagnosed on April 15 - “Tax Day”. Her appearance with her 4 year old son in the video was so precious, we affectionately nicknamed her “Tax Day”.
Fate would have it that Taira was actually nearing the end of her life when I met her… but neither she nor I knew it at that time.
So the woman that helped me start a movement that raised over $130,000 for several good causes is a women who starred in a Martina McBride music video about cancer.
And she’s the same woman who was a wife and a mother to four children.
She’s the same woman we lost to a second bought with cancer this past May when she was only 40 years old. She’s a woman who ended up uniting thousands of people around the world to do good deeds for others.
She’s only one of a few people we have ever reconnected with that appeared in that music video. She’s the person who kept encouraging me to continue my volunteer work even when it got too frustrating, too expensive, too hard and the miles got long.
But God must have had that in mind.
Taira was going to need a lot of help from us in the last few months of her life and we were going to receive many priceless treasures by way of knowing her.
Taira was suppose to have another 40 years ahead of her. I could live to be 80, if I’m lucky, and the time I knew Taira could amount to only a small blip in the space of a lifetime.
It’s strange and special how much a couple of years can change an entire lifetime… forever.
"I’m Gonna Love You Through It" was a song that came from a true story and made another amazing, true story happen right before our eyes.