Written by Carol Noon.
A few weeks after my husband, Bret, died of pancreatic cancer in August of 2018, my son and I looked at each other and wondered who was going to fill our stockings on Christmas morning. Each Christmas, Bret would fill our stockings with abundance – treats and trinkets spilling out onto the floor. Though we filled his stocking it was never with the same passion as he filled ours. The thought of who would fill our stockings had become the symbol for our loss.
To change our sadness into good, we decided we would hang Bret’s stocking in the stairwell and fill it with pocket change and donations to help support the mission of Nikki Mitchell Foundation.
This year, recognizing that the cost of hotel rooms prohibited patients from seeking out clinical trials, we decided to again hang Bret’s Stocking to collect donations. These donations will support efforts to underwrite those hotel costs and the $3,000 we raised will support this critical step in finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.
I can think of no better way than to honor Bret’s memory than to provide others with this gift.