Regardless of what hurdles we face in life, his example of facing a heinous battle and finding a way to emerge stronger is inspirational. I want to face my hurdles in the same way - and that's a big part of why I still wear my LiveStrong wrist band.
There's one other reason. My mom died of breast cancer at a young age so cancer changed the course of my life. Every day, I miss my mother, and I face the fear that I'll have a life as short as hers. One of the last things that she said to me was that she felt so terrible to leave me with this genetic legacy. Believe me, she left me with far more than pieces of her DNA - she left me with a legacy of love. But, I feel a personal stake in the race to cure cancer.
Part of what my fear has taught me is to try to appreciate each day, to notice the small bits of beauty around me, and to notice the tough yet beautiful survivors.
Seize the day - for you never know what might happen next.