The first time I met Paul, Lucy, and Superstar Cady was in Phoenix for the events leading up to the Super Bowl. We got to tour the field. My favorite picture of their family was when they were laying on that Super Bowl field, as a family, smiling as though they were the happiest people on earth.
We had fun in Arizona. I love that family. Cady is the best baby girl ever. I don't remember hearing her cry the entire trip. Lucy and I quickly got along and Paul liked laughing at everything I said, because I pretty much told him how crazy my family has been since childhood. They are good stories, I mean, you can't make them up. But, that's for another day. Paul said that one of the best things about his Super Bowl experience was getting to meet me. That was such a great compliment that I'll never forget, I was glad we could make him laugh so much.
We quickly grew to love this little family and are planning a trip to visit Molly and Arash Golbon over the summer in the Bay Area. Lucy, Paul, and Cady planned on meeting up with us too. You know, an east coast west coast meet up.
Unfortunately, Paul passed away Monday night at the age of 37. This renowned neurosurgeon had succumb to the beast we have all come to know too well as lung cancer. His memory will live on through his family, friends, and all of the people he helped.
The last article he wrote made me cry like a baby. Here is an excerpt, but you can read the entire article at the link: Before I Go
That message is simple: When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing."
Cady was loved by her daddy, she will never not know that. And the love between Paul and Lucy was something we should all be so lucky as to experience in this lifetime. Lucy is such a wonderful soul, whom we all could tell, loved her family with all she could, as Paul did them.