Thanks Neebee for sharing your story. What a special moment for Ruth to receive that on Paul's birthday.
It is very bizarre they had the same cancer. All I can reason is that they were both outside so much when they were active, Ruth raced bikes and Paul (of course) climbed. They were both VERY fair skinned. The cancer was melanoma gone internal. A big lesson learned on wearing sunscreen. I run half marathons now, something I started doing after Paul died and something I think he would be proud of me that I started... anyways, I now try my best to wear sunscreen when I run. When I forget and get a sunburn I always kick myself and can hear Paul giving me a lecture about the importance of always wearing sunscreen, on a daily basis for every day life, not just when we are active outside.
I hope his life and Ruth's life and this message are not wasted on any of us who read it.
Anyone who has pictures and/ or stories about Paul and/ or Ruth, please post here! I also wouldn't mind getting them via personal email firstname.lastname@example.org
Especially that story about Paul climbing Super Crack! Any eye witness accounts? Please share here! That was such an amazing story!! Wish I had been there. Paul told me about his climb.
He had always wanted to climb "Super Crack" and he went when he was sick from Chemo. He told me that he had to literally jamb his whole arm into the crack and pull himself up. The muscles on his arms were amazing! He was so strong and fit! He occasionally had to push off to the side to throw up from being sick, he didn't want to throw up on the person holding the rope below. Then he would go back to the crack and continue. He conquered the crack, and was lowered feeling triumphant! It was an amazing story to hear about. Wish I was a witness to the event!