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September 24, 2009 at 1:27 PM

A Thank You to blog readers from Kyle Roger’s mom

Vivid proof of what may be the best thing that’s ever happened because of this blog came via e-mail today in a note from the mom of Kyle Roger.
Roger is the 8-year Bellingham boy who passed away of brain cancer last February who had become close friends with UW quarterback Jake Locker.
Monday, at his regular weekly meeting with the media, Locker led off with a statement asking reporters to publicize a Run of Hope being held Oct. 18 that will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund through Children’s Hospital.
I made a couple mentions of it in this space and many of you graciously responded.
Christin Roger, Kyle’s mother, wrote to me today that “many of your readers have donated money to Kyle’s “OOO- UM-GOW-AH” team after reading your post and following the links you provided. In fact I have received more than $2,000 in donations because of your blog alone! Pediatric Brain Tumor Research is a cause in need of a voice because the people it strikes are too young to have a voice for themselves and more than 40 percent don’t survive. That is why it’s so meaningful each time someone gives it a shout-out in a public forum.”
It’s great to know that this blog can help (and I realize fully that the popularity of this blog is due to Husky football, undoubtedly one of Seattle’s greatest traditions and best avenues for uniting people).
So the thanks goes to you readers, and to Locker for using his visibility in such a caring manner.
And hopefully Husky fans and others who simply find this a worthy cause can continue to support this cause.
As a reminder, here is information on the run , as well as Kyle’s website and a place to make donations.
Christin also wrote to me about Locker deciding to go public with this, which gives further insight into what kind of person he is (as well as UW OT Cody Habben):

Like I had done with everyone else in my e-mail address book, I had sent Jake the information about the run asking if he could pass it around to his friends, family and coaching staff. Then after the game Saturday he asked if it would be okay for him to mention it at his press conference that Monday. I didn’t know how it would go over with you guys or if anyone would give it a mention so I was thrilled when Coach Sark posted the information on his blog and “tweeted” it out to his followers.
Last Saturday was a bittersweet day for me because Kyle, his brother Nicolas, and I had been to most of the home games in the two previous years (my family bleeds purple) but didn’t have many moments of Husky bliss to celebrate. I remember the glory days of Husky football having been a student in the early 90’s and traveling to three Rose Bowls in three years. But my kids have only heard the stories of the Huskies golden years. As fantastic a moment as it was I couldn’t help but wish that Kyle was there to see it. When I saw Cody Habben after the game (Cody was often with Jake when he’d come to see Kyle and came with Jake to Kyle’s memorial service last February) the first thing Cody said as he gave me a big hug was, ‘Man I wish Kyle was here to see this. Kyle should have been here to see this…’
I think that’s how we all felt.”

For more details on the relationship between Locker and Roger, also check out this from Greg Johns of the Seattle PI, who wrote the original story on this a few years ago.

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