My wife Kate works for DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. One of her many responsibilities is planning the Congressional Women’s Softball game, which she's done annually since its creation five years ago. The game raises money for the Young Survival Coalition— an organization that helps young women with breast cancer —and Kate loves every minute of planning it. (She pretends it's hard – but nothing means more to her than to raise money for an awesome cause.)
I’ve been to all of the games since the first, usually watching Kate fluttering around the field, making sure the games run smoothly. But last year was different. I had to attend the game alone.
Last year we received the worst news of our lives: Kate had been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. When game day came around, she was in the hospital, sicker than she'd ever been before.
It’s hard to put into words how awful those days were. But despite the painful treatments and hospitalization, Kate never forgot about the softball game. From her hospital bed, she was emailing updates to the other game organizers and Rep. Wasserman Schultz — and of course, she made sure that I could attend in her place (I wore a shirt embroidered with the name “Mr. Kate”).
The outpouring of support from the players was overwhelming. During the game, one Congresswoman from the Congressional team found me, asked me to call Kate, and then passed the phone around to all the players in the dugout so that they could wish her a fast recovery.
Thankfully, Kate has now been in remission for over a year. She's always loved working for the Democrats, but it never hit home as much as it did when she realized what it meant when President Obama did away with lifetimecaps (her medical costs would have put her halfway to her cap at only 27 years old). As someone who racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills in just a few months, Kate knows a thing or two about how important it is to have affordable insurance coverage — how without it our family would have gone into financial ruin. With Obamacare no family ever has to worry about going bankrupt due to an illness.
Life is still intense — but these days it's mostly because Kate's set a goal to double the amount they raise this year for the Young Survival Coalition (and she’s almost there!).
The game is just a few days away, now. I’ll be there again. But this year, I’ll be there with Kate
For more information about the game or to support the cause— or buy tickets if you're in DC— visit http://cwsoftballgame.eventbrite.com/