My name is Mark Myers and I have always been a firm believer that humor can be found in nearly everything. I plodded along for 46 years under the delusion that my life would only contain smiles and laughter.
Until April 9, 2014. That day changed my outlook forever as my youngest daughter, Kylie was diagnosed with cancer. She fought bravely with a smile for ten months until her battered body succumbed to the disease on February 13th, 2015.
Since that day, I have seen and cried more tears than I ever imagined. And yet, what I watched in Kylie was a remarkable ability to steal joy from her dreadful circumstance that I want to emulate in my grief over losing her.
I have been married for over two decades to a very patient woman. Besides Kylie we have three daughters who are now much more mature than me. In fact my wife and I never had a son but she still tells people she ended up raising a boy. Go figure. Despite Kylie’s loss, I am a very optimistic person. I love Jesus, being a daddy, building things, running, writing, blowing stuff up, and anything else with a high guy factor.
Living in the aftermath of her death is incredibly hard, as any parent can imagine. Before her illness, I had written three fiction books in the humor genre about a mischievous little guy named Virgil. My writing is now dedicated to her as I navigate these waters. I try to be genuine and honest about my pain while always leading with a smile, just like my baby girl taught me. I am learning that laughter and tears can coexist.
At Kylie’s urging, I have dedicated my life to finding a cure for childhood cancer. To that end, I left a twenty-five year career and am now proud to be the Director of Communications at CURE Childhood Cancer where I use my writing to bring awareness and raise funding to end this disease. I even have byline (which is really stinking cool)
I have had the pleasure of speaking in several forums about the need for more effective cures for childhood cancer and also about stealing joy from a difficult journey. You can see some examples and testimonials on my speaking page. If you would like to talk to me about speaking at your next event, please contact me with the form below.
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