Charlie Lavacek

First post: Mar 23, 2017 Latest post: Aug 31, 2017
This site is a way to keep friends and family up to date on Charlie's journey. It is also a place we hope to post ways people can help--so many have asked, and we usually stumble about to find an answer. It has been hard to respond and harder to outright ask. Perhaps here we will be able to do both. The outpouring of generosity these last few years has been immense. We simply could not have come this far without it. Fortunately, Charlie has come this far and hopes to go even further. Take a look about whether you are here to find ways to help or to keep up to date on the journey. Love to all!
What do you do when you are given, at age 30, the diagnosis of brain cancer? You begin to live! You start doing art. You take a year off of work to stay home with your toddler-aged daughters. You look at your days differently and tolerate your dark nights with more patience. This is how Charlie Lavacek ( approached his diagnosis at age 30, and it took him quite far--now 20 years. But what do you do when that cancer returns three, four, five times? What do you do when your youngest wants to know why? And how? And when she wants to cry with you? You make her and you matching signs to hang by your beds. You make her this sign out of the same crayons you used when she was little, and you make this sign say, 'Good Things Are going to Happen' because if there is one thing living with the shadow of brain cancer has taught you, it is that Good Things DO happen-they happen more often than most of us ever notice. Charlie made these signs for his daughter and him to hang at eye level next to their beds so that they would be the first words each of them would see in the morning. 

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