I have felt nothing but sadness all day and the only thing I can think to do, is write.
In the gymnastics community there are many who are inspired by the talented young gymnast, Sage Thompson (aka super gymnast sage). Although, thousands of people are privileged to watch Sage grow and progress as a gymnast on YouTube, what they may not see is the kind, funny, determined person behind the skills. This sweet eleven-year-old has a special place in the hearts of those of us who are blessed enough to coach, train, play, travel, and spend time with her! To us, Sage’s eagerness to share stories, commitment to her teammates, love for our little-one’s, hatred for hugs, and excitement for conditioning are a few of the things that make her special (more so than her abnormal abilities to flip and twist).
Unfortunately, this past year we have helplessly watched as Sage and her family have faced the unthinkable challenge of witnessing their father and husband fight a losing battle against Leukemia. Although so many of us wished we could have done more, all we could offer was love, support, rides, a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, or a soft-spoken word, none of which could help shift the odds in Bryce’s favor.
Today I shed tears, knowing yesterday (2/18/2014) Bryce held the hands of his loved ones for the last time. Although my interaction with Bryce was minimal, as he spent much of the past year in the hospital, this much I know. . . he didn’t want to say goodbye, he fought hard, he loved his children, he loved his wife, he loved watching his boys wrestle and play soccer, and loved watching his little girl do gymnastics (even if it meant 6:00 am practice and towards the end enduring pain and fatigue). Bryce especially wanted his children to live out their dreams and he will be cheering them on, unseen.
Bryce Thompson was a great father, a great husband, and a great person. I can’t image how hard it was for Bryce to say goodbye to his family, but I know he will see them again. Until then, Bryce will remain in their hearts, their smiles, and their attitude of being “Thompson Tough”.
All my love to the Thompson’s,
To learn more about how you can help in the fight against leukemia visit: bethematch.org
This meet was held last month, in honor of Sage’s dad and his fight against AML leukemia. Every gymnast wore an orange ribbon in their hair in honor of leukemia awareness, and every coach and judge wore an orange leukemia ribbon pinned to their shirts. It was very touching to see all of the community support.
Video made by Lauren Stevens
Music by Kyle Khou