From Lisa: Happy Birthday, Rich!!
Hope it's okay if the wife of the candidate does the post today... I wanted to give Rich a little shout-out to celebrate his 50th. 😀 As I sat down just now to type it out, I remembered a tribute I had written about him a few years back (to a group of friends and family who had been praying me through cancer treatments). The best way I found to get through chemo was to dedicate each round of it to different groups of people who were an important part of my life (high school friends, college friends, neighbors, Air Force friends, sports' friends, church friends, parents, kids, etc...). I knew I was taking the chemo to stay alive for them. This round had been dedicated to Rich, and these were my thoughts on my best friend (copy and pasted from that June 2017 email):
So, I'm positive that there may be a missing Beatitude (or perhaps a lost Proverb?) that states, "Blessed is the woman who marries Richie Dujmovic." I'm guessing a Biblical scholar or some famous archaeologist will turn up with it someday. Chemo #15 is for that guy (My guy!). I know everyone who knows him well knows that he goes "above and beyond" constantly. No exception here in this cancer circumstance. A bunch of people volunteered to go to chemos with me (thank you, wonderful friends!), but Richie ended up being at every last one. We just got in a groove, and it all worked out. He ends up making the bed for the nurses ("It's okay, I know where everything is"), times it out exactly when to leave during the pre-med drip to grab me a milkshake at McD's so my mouth stays cold during the Taxol, puts on my socks, straps the ice to my feet and hands, puts the 2nd half of the headphones in my ear, the first half in his own, and we begin our routine of watching "Mad About You" reruns on the laptop my brother gave me to pass the time and enjoy a couple laughs even as poison enters my veins. He sits guard over me while I sleep and smiles when my eyes open.