|Justin Lambert, 10 years old – 1999
Back in 1999, Maureen Lambert, a mother of two, was being treated for breast cancer. One Saturday she was feeling particularly tired due to her chemotherapy.
Ten-year-old Justin wanted to know if she was coming to his Little League game. He’d been wanting to hit a home run in her honor all season, but it hadn’t happened yet.
“I feel a home run coming today,” little Justin said.
“Justin, I’m really tired,” she told him, “but I’m going to do everything I can to get there.”
Despite her illness, Maureen hadn’t missed a game all season. So she pulled herself together as fast as she could and got six-year-old Kaitlyn ready, too.
By the time Maureen and Kaitlyn arrived at the ballpark, the game had already started. Some of the fathers rushed over to Maureen and announced that Justin had just hit a home run.
Maureen went over to congratulate Justin, but with a touch of disappointment, she had to admit, “I missed your home run.”
“That’s okay, Mom,” he said. “I’ll hit you another one.”
And little Justin did just that. He hit a second home run for his mom, but this time it went over the fence. Not only was Maureen overwhelmed with excitement, the crowd exploded with cheers and applause. There were many moist eyes at the Little League field that day.
At the end-of-season party, the team awarded Maureen a plaque of courage because she was a prime example of what courage is all about.
Like I said, that was back in 1999. I found the newspaper clip in mid-September, but before posting it on my blog, I wanted to follow up on how Maureen is doing these days.
I called my sis and learned Maureen has been cancer free all these years and was getting ready to run in a marathon that weekend with little Justin, who is now big Justin, to raise funds for a cure for breast cancer.
At the time, I didn’t realize October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What a coincidence. Not! I believe there’s more than mere coincidence at work here.
|Justin and Maureen Lambert
at Race for the Cure Marathon,
September 23, 2012, Newport Beach, California.
|Go Team Moe!
Do you have a hero like Maureen or Justin who has inspired you? This story made me cry happy tears. Did it affect you the same way?