Ed's Celebration of Life: Sunday, April 30th, 2:00 pm (https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/edcruz/journal/view/id/58ec44c7af3d79a04c5cf200
) It seems like eternity and also like It was just yesterday since I held his hand. I miss his smile, his healthy, vibrant presence in our lives so much. Thank you all for your phone calls, letters, prayers, dinners and thoughts. Your support has brought enormous comfort.
Please join us for at Lairmont Manor (405 Fieldston Rd, Bellingham, WA 98225) on Sunday, April 30th at 2:00 pm to celebrate Ed. Parking may be tight and so I am encouraging people to carpool, park at Fairhaven Middle School and drive together, Bike or walk.
Many of you know Ed as a mountain biking partner, soccer coach, runner, soccer team mate, neighbor, friend, or work associate. All who know Ed can immediately conjure up a vision of his smile. Ed has shared this smile with many of us. I invite you to peruse the photos, read this page, share your experiences and/or add a love note to Ed.
Ed has had a tumultuous and relatively long relationship with cancer. His squamous cell cancer, first diagnosed in 2008, returned last March and again in May. In June, Ed had a partial glossectomy at the University of Washington and spent the summer recovering and healing. Healing for Ed meant: Mountain Biking, building a new stair case to our home, water skiing, spending time with the boys and camping with family. By the end of the summer we learned that the cancer had invaded Ed's lymph tissue. This fall, Ed chose to participate in a clinical trial in Seattle. In December Ed discontinued participation in the trial because the disease progressed and the treatment was unsuccessful.
Today, Ed is focusing his time at home with the amazing support of Hospice. Our family has been relishing quiet, reflective, tearful, poignant and beautiful time together and will continue to celebrate the beauty, laughter and heartbreak in each day. As we navigate this rich path together, we ask for your collective thoughts and prayers for peace, courage and comfort. We are all so grateful for each of you and your willingness to reach out, check- in, invite, cry, speak, hug and be present with us. In Love, Health and Gratitude, Carrie and Ed