Trav met some amazing people in his journey over the last fourteen months. Among them are the workers of Northwestern Mutual – Travis’ insurance company. Northwestern Mutual had Travis speak at their regional conferences on multiple occasions. As an expression of gratitude, the creative team at Northwestern Mutual provided a gift for the friends and family of Travis. A gift allowing us to remember him at his best…
Grab a box of Kleenex and…enjoy…
It’s been 48 hours.
I expected the pain and sorrow to become more enveloping as the news continued to set in. And it has. But there is something I didn’t expect.
I didn’t expect the laughter to come so soon. And it has…
I guess because how do you remember, talk about, and honor someone who lived his life in full color and not have the laughter come? The laughter is sometimes followed by tears. Sometimes silence. Sometimes stifled giggles. But the laughter is coming and, because of who Travis was and how he lived his life in full color, there really can be no other way.
Facebook has literally been taken over by #TravsArmy. Picture after picture of Travis has been posted. Some of the most amazing comments and stories have been shared about him. The impact Travis’ life has had on so many is sobering.
On Wednesday we will honor him collectively. A celebration of a life lived in full color will be held at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA at 11 AM. There will be a reception immediately following in the Fellowship Hall of Johnson Ferry Baptist and then a processional to Arlington Cemetery. A processional that will make Trav proud and have him smiling down from heaven. Whether you knew him simply through his blog, or if he was one of your closest friends, please join us in this celebration so we can fill the room with color.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to CancerKicks, an organization setup in Travis’ honor for those who are walking the same journey he was forced to walk. CancerKicks is dual purpose organization. First, to provide financial assistance for cancer patients and their families because people fighting cancer are 2.5 times more likely to go bankrupt. Travis wanted to give the patient and their families the peace of mind they need so they can focus on fighting the cancer – not on paying their bills. Second, to give critical funding for rare cancer research. As Travis met with different doctors one thing became clear: Cholangiocarcinoma is deadly because the research going into it is underfunded. If Cholangiocarcinoma, and other rare cancers, had the kind of funding more common cancers have then the cure rates would sky rocket. Therefore, CancerKicks has an initial goal of donating $1 million to a world-class cancer center. You can make donations online by visiting www.cancerkicks.org.
And finally, as you come to honor Travis we hope you will also honor one last request that he had.
No black at his funeral.
Travis wanted a colorful funeral. He was known for his flamboyant style and colorful dress and he wanted his funeral to reflect that. So please attend in the brightest attire you can to celebrate a life taken far to early but one that was lived…
in full color.
Travis passed peacefully at 7 AM from the arms of the love of his life into the arms of his Savior. Funeral details to come.
There is peace flowing through the Roberts’ household. A peace that surpasses all understanding. Even the understanding of those of us who know Christ’s peace.
On Wednesday morning Travis went to the emergency room. He just couldn’t breathe. Well…he could breathe. But his breaths couldn’t seem to get enough oxygen in them. Despite having been on oxygen for the last two weeks.
Travis was transferred to a room in ICU. His lungs were filling with fluid and blocking his ability to absorb oxygen. There were two possibilities…pneumonia or cancer. The hope and prayer was for pneumonia. 24 hours of treatment would determine if it was.
It was not.
CT scans and XRays did not show tumors so there was hope that it was not cancer. But as it turns out it is cancer in his lymphatic system. Not his lymph nodes…but his lymphatic system. Those small lymphatic vessels that run through his lung tissue are filling up with fluid being produced by the cancer cells and blocking the absorption of oxygen.
But ask Trav how he is feeling and the answer is always the same…
I feel good!
What an amazing man.
Travis gets to come home today and be with his family…surrounded by love. Hospice has been set up and Travis has everything he needs to be comfortable.
And I can tell you this…
He is so peaceful.
Carrie is so thankful for everyone’s support and love and she asks for your continued patience and forgiveness if she is slow to respond to texts, calls, and emails. Please respect this precious time for the Roberts as they ask people not to visit.
And so the prayer request is this.
Pray for peace and comfort for the whole family and for all of #TravsArmy.
Trav has touched so many. Changed so many in the past fifteen months. There are so many stories that will come out in the next several weeks of the impact Travis has had. But there are some who will have questions…doubts…confusion over the ending of this story. Trav would want you to pray for those and that his story would not add to their confusion or doubts but only help walk them through them. Because the peace that Trav has, the unexplainable peace that he is experiencing, tells him this.
This is not the end of the story. It’s only the beginning of the next chapter.