I wrote a piece on the upcoming Community vs. Cancer Challenge at DePauw this weekend and it brought back a flood of memories.
I first met Mr. Rokicki when I was in Little League baseball and it was my good fortune to know him for many years. I've never met a person who was as genuine as he was. He was always smiling, always encouraging and most important of all -- always a friend.
Anytime my name was mentioned in the newspaper, I would get a note and the clipping from Mr. Rokicki. That's a class act my friends.
Unfortunate for us that there's not that many people who are like Mr. Rokicki. In an age where people are content to sit back and accept things, Mr. Rokicki was out there making change happen.
I knew he was heavily involved in the community, but when I counted 19 organizations he was part of, I was floored. It's still amazing to me he's been gone such a short time.
Something else about Mr. Rokicki that I find amazing is the fact that when you think of him, the memories are happy ones and it's near impossible not to smile. Not many people can do that.
My hope is that with small charitable events, such as the Community vs. Cancer Challenge, we can someday find a cure for this horrible disease that robs the world of friends, family and leaders.
Miss you Mike. You're one-in-a-million.