Lafayette man dedicates life to fulfilling wife's dying wish
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:37:57 GMT —
Ed Blakely of Lafayette has dedicated his life to fulfilling his wife's dying wish.
"I don't remember a time when I didn't keep a promise to Christine so I intend to keep it," says Blakely.
Ed and Christine were trying to have a baby when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. A year later when she was lying on her death bed, surrounded by her family, she had one request.
"Her only request was that we do something about ovarian cancer and we promised that we would," says Blakely.
Blakely started a foundation and a website called keepingchristinespromise.com. The goal is to raise money for research with the hope of eventually finding a cure.
Blakely's chiropractor Dr. Anthony Licatese came up with the idea to offer his services at an annual event for $20 dollars and donate all of the proceeds to the foundation. They promote the event together each year during a safety fair at Nine Mile Point Nuclear plant, where Ed works. It's also where Ed and Christine met and fell in love.
"Christine was a security force member here. I was her supervisor. That's how we met," says Blakely.
With memories of Christine still fresh in his mind, he gets through each day, knowing he's keeping his promise to his beloved bride.
"A lot of people will tell you that it gets easier. It doesn't. You just learn to stand up straight and walk forward," says Blakely.
Blakely is standing up straighter everyday with a little help from his chiropractor.
Licatese Chiropractic is hosting the 2nd annual Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser on September 28, 2013.