As many of you know, we lost one of our best friends back in November after a long, hard-fought battle against cancer. Pat Padgett was diagnosed with an aggressive form of mouth/throat cancer in June 2014, just a few weeks after he competed on the CFS Team at Regionals. Despite everything, Pat fought through his pain and lived the last year of his life on his terms. Pat never felt sorry for himself. He remained positive in a time of hopelessness. His spirit was, and forever will be, unbreakable. Pat will live on always in our hearts.
Shortly before Pat’s passing he shared his words to live by with in a message to Goose to pass on to the CFS community. Since then, his post on the CFS site has been shared over 47,000 times. His words hang from the banner in Southie Green. Pat truly created a legacy for himself with the way he lived his life and with these words.
In honor and in memory of our dear friend Pat P, we want to make the day that Pat passed (11/14), a celebration of life in which we we truly live the way Pat intended for us to live. We encourage you not only to PR your Snatch and give your all in the Patilac WOD on Monday but more importantly to go out and do something in your own life to honor Pat’s message (live your life like you really mean it. Go out and conquer your goals, do things that you’re a little scared of, make awesome memories that give you cool stories to tell). Since Pat loved social media we are going to ask people to really live Pat’s message over the course of the next week and to post their activities to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #PatPphilosophy.
This is secondary, but we do have a GoFundMe page set up if anyone would like to contribute. Any funds raised will be donated to a scholarship fund in Pat’s name at Prospect Hill Academy, the school in Cambridge where Pat taught Physical Education.
Love you Pat P! Your spirit will always live on in our Hearts!