I wanted to take a moment to send a special Get Well Soon thought to Floridian tennis pro Allie Kiick, who announced today on her Twitter account that she has been diagnosed with skin cancer.
Though she’s never known it, Allie has inspired me with her determination, hard work, tremendous work ethic, athleticism, outspoken conviction for what she believes in, kindness, and yes, even her lineage to the greatest pro football team of all, the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins, on which her Dad, Jim Kiick, played an integral role.
Those are the things I admire about Allie, but what touches me the most about her is the one little thing she likely only did in passing and has long since forgotten but which meant the world to me.
On one of the worst days of my life, she “liked” one of my childhood photos I’d posted on Instagram. It was completely unsolicited, and completely surprising, and for just a little while, it made me forget my troubles and feel pretty special.
But I think that gives a little insight into what must be the “real” Allie Kiick, considerate, thoughtful, generous, appreciative of her fans, and so undeserving of having to be faced with this news. And so it was with sadness that I read Allie’s news today, discouraged that things like this can still happen in today’s world. But I know that Allie is gutsy, and a strong fighter, and if anyone can beat cancer, she can do it. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Allie. May your recovery be swift and we all hope you are back and tearing it up on the courts real SOON! God bless!