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.