At the risk of sounding arrogant…I’m pretty good with words. It’s why I offered to write the blog. But I know I am not always the best with words. There are others better.
I have the privilege of knowing someone who is great with words. And last night he wrote the most eloquent description of Travis. In a few paragraphs he captured Travis’ personality, will, determination, and character better than I could ever have attempted to.
I would be remiss to not share those words with you.
These are the words of Joe Petit. Carrie’s brother. Travis’ brother-in-law. One of Travis’ best friends.
I have known Travis Lee Roberts for over two decades. He is definitely one of my closest, if not my best friend. He is electric. Nobody is more fun, nobody is funnier, nobody is more interesting and no one else can get away with the things he says and does. People always tell me, “Yeah, I know this guy and he’s just like Travis,” or “We get along cause I’m just like Travis.” Even if I don’t do it physically, I am rolling my eyes every time I hear that sort of claim. I know a lot of people, but I don’t know anyone like Travis, except Travis.
I haven’t met one person who believes Travis can be beaten. He doesn’t lose. That is what makes him different from all the people who are supposedly “just like him.” He is will and perseverance and fire.
The last couple days have been hard. The last couple days have brought bad news and then worse news. His chemotherapy is failing, and the cancer is growing.
MD Anderson in Houston has a brand new clinical trial, and Travis is a shoe-in for the treatment.
Travis said tonight that this is his Doug Flutie moment. Travis didn’t say that this is his Hail Mary, because a Hail Mary is a long shot. Travis said that this is his Doug Flutie moment, because Flutie won.
Winners don’t compare themselves to long shots. “Winners win,” has been his refrain as long as I’ve known him, and I don’t see any reason for that to change now.
Like I said before…I couldn’t have said it better myself Joe.