March 16th, 2016 (Wednesday) – Aloha

Dad Aloha.jpgWith great sadness, I announce the departure of Craig Blower.

He passed away peacefully this morning and was very comfortable in his last days.

Thank you for all of your support and kind words. Please raise a glass to Craig tonight to celebrate his inspiring life and to wish him well on his journey.

We will be in touch (via blog and others) regarding future celebrations.

Until then, we will be handling business as usual… one day at a time.

-Bradyn (Blower) Miller

 

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March 15th, 2016 (Tuesday) – “No Pity Parties,” he says – From the Daughter

As mentioned in Craig’s last blog post, his daughter (me) has taken over the responsibility of keeping his blog readers updated.

A few days after his previous blog post, Dad went to the Emergency Room with shortness of breath and was admitted to the hospital later that day. Dad’s onc-doc recommended he cease cancer treatment, as any further treatments, like Keytruda, would only make him feel worse, with very little benefit. That includes forgoing the trial in Boston.

When I asked him what he wanted me to mention in his blog, Craig said, “don’t let people think I’m just giving up.” The fact is, he’s already been through all the treatment options, and we are changing gears. As a nurse in the hospital perfectly explained, “we have stopped treating the disease, and have begun treating the person.”

pillow mountainCraig came home to his favorite recliner, under the wing of in-home hospice care and propped up on what I like to call, “Pillow Mountain.” His pain level is fairly low, but the constant sitting caused him to have a sore butt, so we’ve since moved him to a more comfortable bed. He remains surrounded by our family and, of course, Billy Bigdog.

Our friends and family have been incredibly generous with their time and support. Neighbors have run errands for Mom, and we’ve even had a wheelchair and mobile commode loaned to us. Not sure they’ll want the latter one back. (Yes! I got a Dad-approved potty joke into the blog!)

A lot of people have been asking how they can help. We are truly touched, and we are overwhelmed with the generous offerings of hospitality and nourishment.

As a family, we have decided to direct friends and readers to help in different ways:

1. Support “Team Craig – Get Fuzzy” at the Breath of Hope Walk.

breath-of-hope-logoYou can walk in the 5k event on May 1st in San Diego, donate to support the Moores Cancer center, or both.

To sign up and/or donate, visit the Breath of Hope Walk website.

Click on ‘Register Now’ and choose “Team Craig – Get Fuzzy” from the drop-down menu as your Team Name.

If you would prefer to donate to the cause, enter your donation amount in the ‘Additional Donation’ box on the registration page.

We hope to see you there.

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2. Donate to the Craig and Doug’s Excellent Science (CADES) Scholarship through the Rotary of San Diego.

This Rotary scholarship was formed in honor of my father and his fellow Rotarian, Doug Arbon, who have both done so much to instill the love of science in students. The program is in partnership with Hoover High School.

The mission of the project is to establish an annual, multi STEMdistribution scholarship to under-served high school seniors who have shown aptitude and interest in the field of STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math).

If you would like to donate to this cause, you can send a check to the address below. Be sure to reference CADES on the memo line.

San Diego Rotary Club Foundation
2247 San Diego Ave., Suite 233
San Diego, CA. 92110-2943

To learn more about this scholarship, you can read the Project Overview here.

3. Volunteer at (or donate to) some of Craig’s favorite organizations:

Dad has spent countless hours serving others. From leading a pack of elementary school students in science experiments to fixing Nana’s VCR, he has never hesitated to offer his time in order to help someone else.

Below are just a few organizations Dad has volunteered for, if you are interested in filling some really big shoes or donating to their cause.

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If Craig has inspired you to serve your community in any way, please share your stories with us. We are so proud of him, and would be thrilled to hear how his legacy is been carried onward.

My family and I personally want to thank each and every one of you for the constant encouragement Dad has gotten through his blog. As a reader myself, the comments have always filled my heart and made my day brighter.

For those of you who are fighting a similar fight, Craig wants you to stay positive. As a family, we remind ourselves that because Dad took part in trial medications, he has been a part of a very special process that will help other survivors in the future. I’m sure Craig would encourage you to do the same.

Business as usual, One Day… we will find a cure.

-Bradyn (Blower) Miller