Sometimes those of us who are keen on improving health care talk about the need to make care “person-centered.” The thing is that there are people in the world who aren’t “experts” but they understand, in the marrow of their bones, that care is a habit of the heart.
Gregorgy Blohm was one of those people.
I first met Greg on a cold morning in March of 2014. He had agreed to be the professional driver for the Second Wind Tour. Greg drove the bus and did so much more. He took care of us. He listened to us. He encouraged us. He let us know when we were “overtired” and needed to rest. He was a friend and an ally. When we closed the Tour in Philadelphia, Greg was on stage with us. He represented what was best about us.
In 2015, I agreed to go back out on the road– if Greg Blohm would be our driver. Across the thousands of miles, the dozens of cities and the hundreds of events, Greg was there. He knew what we liked to eat. He knew how we liked to relax on the bus. Never, in all the time I knew him, did I ever hear him utter an unkind word about anyone. There are not many people we can say that about.
Greg died on February 2nd and I know that I speak for the entire Age of Disruption Tour when I say that he will be missed. We will dedicate the 2016 Tour to his memory and, if we are lucky, we will be able to say that we lived up to his example. I know that his family will miss him most of all– their loss is great but I can also say that he made me a better person for knowing him.
The journey continues, as it must. But life on the road won’t be the same without Greg Blohm leading the way.
We invite friends to leave a condolence for Greg online here.