To the Charvat Family:
You don't know me and I never had a chance to meet Kyle, but being a Theta Chi alumnus from our Theta Kappa Chapter I learned about Kyle from two of his chapter brothers that attending the Presidents Conference and passed out brochures describing Kyle's situation.
I immediately thought about how I felt when one of my family members was taken by brain cancer and didn't think twice about motivating my chapter to start raising funds to purchase the Helping Hand bracelets, and do our little part to try and help.
I wear mine everyday...even on my wedding day this past July, against my new wife's pleading, I had it on my body as that daily reminder I've grown accustomed to seeing. As I look down, even now, at the message on the bracelet, "A Helping Hand", and Kyle's initials, KC'05, as I have done so many times over the past year or so, it is a constant reminder for me to strive to "lend a helping hand to all who seek it" and to live each day to its fullest because you never know when it will be your last. The present is just that, a gift from God and no one is promised tomorrow. I have been inspired by Kyle's courage, determination, and fight through his entire illness. Whenever I feel like quitting or letting down....I just look down at my right hand with that little red, (somewhat faded), bracelet on it and remember how Kyle fought against the most dismal odds of all...needless to say, it gets my butt in gear.
My comfort, about the only comfort I had, when my family member died was knowing that she wasn't in pain anymore....it was very painful for her at the end....as I know it was for Kyle. My prayer for you and your family is to find comfort in time and know that Kyle's life has touched the lives of many....many of those you will never know about....but I just wanted to let you know about one; he has touched my life and motivated me to never waste a single moment or take one day on this earth for granted. Thank your for sharing a piece of Kyle and telling your story.
God Bless you and keep you close.
Zach Edwards (Theta Chi, Theta Kappa '05)
Dallas, TX - Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Originally Posted Here: http://www3.caringbridge.org/wa/kylecharvat/guestbook.html