A Letter to Uncle Rick
An excerpt from The Wit and Wisdom of Rick DuFour and How He Stood Up To Cancer
Author: Sarah Megrue
Dear Uncle Rick,
You have been on my mind so much lately - several times a day, every day. I wanted to take the opportunity to say some things that I think you should know. First, I want to thank you for making it possible for the family to get together in Puerta Vallarta all of those years. I have such good memories and am lucky to have had the opportunity to bond with family members that are so far away. I don't think we would be as close as we are today with out those vacations.
I want to thank you for all of the times you have helped me in life. I had doors open for me, and opportunities that I was able to explore because of your help. When I got divorced and was working two jobs, struggling to keep my head above water, you took the time to call me and figure how you could best help me, and because of that, I got some relief and I was able to free up my mind and my life, and that's when I started to work towards leaving Macon, Ga.
I also started dating Matt long distance. I was able to move closer to him in Charleston SC. Without your help, I don't know if I would have had that opportunity to be with the great man that I ultimately got to marry. Our wedding.... We were able to have the most beautiful wedding weekend because of your help. We will forever be thankful for that special day, and so thankful that you were there to experience it with us. I loved our dance with Uncle Billy and Aunt DD singing "When you Say Nothing at All." It was so appropriate because in that moment I was so overwhelmed with happiness, and so thankful for that special moment that for once in my life, I was speechless! All I could do was savor the moment. You said the sweetest things while we danced and our dance will always be such a beautiful memory on our wedding day.
You were there for me when I was struggling with my health issues. You have been an additional father figure to me in ways when I needed it. You are an inspiration in so many ways. The way you have handled and fought cancer has been inspirational since Day 1. Your persistence to keep fighting and working - all with the most positive attitude - has been eye opening more than once. You have handled cancer gracefully.
When it comes to you and Becky, you both have been such a good example of what a loving, respectful relationship should be like. Matt and I both look up to you two and strive to be that way in our own relationship.
This last gift you gave is a hard one to take given the circumstances. I am so thankful for it, and it will again, open doors and opportunities for us that we wouldn't otherwise have. You have given us a step up to achieving goals in our future.
You've helped me in ways that you'll never know. I wish that you weren't in pain, and I wish there was something that I could do to help YOU. Thank you for all that you do, and have done, Uncle Rick. I love you so much.
This story is one of many tributes to Rick DuFour included in the charitable book project, The Wit and Wisdom of Rick DuFour. To learn more about the project and purchase a physical or digital copy of the book, click the button below.