Life started in red roof topped hospital at Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio), Texas. From that day forth, my life knew constant change and the smell of cardboard boxes thanks to being an army brat. I cannot image growing up any other way. Though at times it was difficult growing up, I could not help but admire all the things that my dad did, as well as the armed services.
Moving from place to place, I was able to experience so many things. I enjoy seeing different cultures, different places, different faces. The world is a wonderful place. And to be honest, sometimes I feel that where ever I am at the moment is home.
Me in a nutshell: I believe that life, as the Italians put, is beautiful. I enjoy capturing life on video and film. I love filming on 16mm film and editing for video; therefore, I picked the right major, RTF (radio-television-film). If you need something filmed, call me. I absolutely love my family. Without them my life would be meaningless. I love my friends. Sometimes I get too caught up with school and work to tell them how much I appreciate them. I love animals, especially dogs. They are my weakness. I love life.
There are hundreds of things that afflict the human race. In my eyes, one of the worst is cancer. It is not just getting cancer, but everything that comes with it–the shock, the pain, the struggle, and the fear. So many are affected by cancer. Last year, the American Cancer Society estimated that there were 1,444,920 new cases of cancer. Just think of how many existing cases there already are. Some people look at cancer as statistics, but the fight against cancer hits close to millions of homes, changing the lives of families, friends, and strangers.
Relationships are things to be treasured. I rarely got to see relatives because we were always on the go with my dad being in the army. When I was six years old, my Aunt Louise and Uncle Paul came to visit my family for a few weeks. It was a blast. A few months after they left, Aunt Louise died of cancer. Five years later, Uncle Paul followed her--also cancer. It was tough comprehending all that when I was younger. I can't even begin to imagine what it is like to loose a mother, a father, a brother, a sister. For those of you who have, I ride for you and your family. I ride for Aunt Louise. I ride for Uncle Paul. I ride for my grandparents who have had skin cancers. I ride for those who don't have anyone to comfort them. Don't give up hope. We're fighting for the cure.
My life has been blessed, and I am trying to give back as much as possible and in any way I can--donating blood, money, hair, time--whatever it takes. Through organizations, such as the Texas 4000, I believe that we can pull together to fight this affliction. It is important to get out there and educate others on cancer and its effects, as well as spread the word and ensure that there is support–support for cancer patients, support for research, and support for the future.
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