When one couples physical fitness with a great cause, we find ourselves training harder to achieve our goals. The greater the cause, the harder the workout. I believe that there is a spark that ignites within and takes the workout and us to a higher level.
As we walked onto the court through the opening in the fence, I could see the excitement in Max and Alexander's eyes. Max wore his Syracuse T-shirt and Alexander his Knicks hat. I tightened my back brace, put in my mouth guard and laced up my "kicks."
When my son was first diagnosed, I told him, "It is how we face obstacles that define who we are." When he lost his hair, we bought him a baseball cap and he refused to wear it. I realized that Max, at 4, was not about to let cancer define him.