A week ago last Sunday, we lost a Spark Treasure who was part of our 400(More or Less) Team for over 3 years. BIGRICK39866. He fought this obesity battle with all his heart, having gone from 978 pounds to below 675 at one point with the help of SP. Unfortunately, some tough life experiences and physical problems as well, saw him climb back up to over 900...and he lost his battle and passed away a little over a week ago. He was a Friend who dreamed BIG and wanted soooo much to help others and DID. He had dropped out of high school-but came back and courageously with a great deal of work got first his BA in Human Services...and was now WELL INTO his Master's program online for Professional Counseling.
His heart was gold.
He and I wrote daily for a very long time, and shared much. I'm broken hearted about this, but KNOW we have one who UNDERSTANDS our journey watching over us---and I KNOW God won't let that BA and MASTER's go for naught-he'll be helping us!...
I felt bad I couldn't get to the funeral...so I arranged some things here that spoke my heart. I want to share them with you.
I'd told you guys I would post the tribute to "Iz"---Somewhere over the Rainbow----
Iz was the Hawaiian singer who is SOO LOVED still---He passed away in 1997 I believe it was, also from losing this battle. He had gotten up to over 750 lbs...lost some at one point, suffered from respiratory distress alot, and finally passed in his sleep one night. I don't post these to be marose---but because we didn't get to go to a service or anything for our Friend...and these songs are beautiful and are about HOPE, and LIFE and BEAUTY and LOVE...just like our Friend---they also show what Iz's life was about-PEOPLE, and CARING...and then, in the end, it shows how people came together for his remembrance and good-bye. Another song that I so love of his is "What a wonderful world"---his rendition of it. You'll see it and can choose it if you like when you play this one.
Another is "In this life"....it "could" be taken as to a lover---but I choose to think of it as a DEAR FRIEND...and it made me cry cuz it expressed my heart...Each of these just make me think so much of Rick-even before this happened. I was so afraid for him.....but like I say-now just to help us remember the beauty of his life....
Here's the link to "Somewhere over the rainbow-be sure to watch the video..
Also....Today while I was so down, I found Celine Dion and Josh Grobin
Please "do" listen to/and watch this one-it sooo touched me....
and just one more...some VERY ENCOURAGING quotes that are beautiful to watch, too-
Also...MCDGIRL on the 40Something Team had this wonderful idea to remember and honor our Rick and she said we could share it with our 400 Team and now I share it here:
How about a pledge to lose in his honor...we could each pledge to lose a few pounds within a certain period of time...these pounds would represent the weight Rick still needed to lose. We could unite and finish his weight loss journey/goal for him.
What do you think? MCDGIRL
May we all take care of ourselves and remember HOW PRECIOUS LIFE and THIS CHANCE WE HAVE, "IS"..........................
Those wishing to contact Rick's family:
P.O Box 113
Morgan, Georgia 39866Rick was also on Facebook-Richard Perrine