As the 2010 Ulman Cancer Fund’s TEAM FIGHT season wraps up and the 2011 season is just about to kick-off I thought I would write a little bit about my inspiration for taking part in the cancer FIGHT.
Holly and her children.
I am going on my 3rd year at UCF and it has been an amazing journey that I definitely would not have taken without the help of someone very special to me. In 2003, my sister Holly was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. It was a time that I will never ever forget for many reasons. One of those reasons was that it helped me take a much-needed look inside my life to enable me to begin to figure out what was really important in my life. In my eyes, I was the lucky kid in the family. I was lucky enough to do well in school, get a scholarship to play football in college and embark on a career that allowed me to make a good living. Holly was the one who drew the short straw. Childhood leukemia at 8 years old and now lymphoma! Why her? Not fair at all!
Well things happen for a reason, and while I would never ever wish this diagnosis on anyone, it changed my life forever also. Holly’s illness allowed us to spend many days and nights talking. I wanted so badly just to fix things, but realized that the doctors and treatments were in place to do that. So I spent time in Birmingham, Alabama visiting her and doing the best I could to help out however I could. Looking back, I can’t even remember exactly what we talked about, but our conversations about what is important definitely made an impact.
Flash forward almost 8 years and here I am at the Ulman Cancer Fund doing my best to help young adults affected by cancer and their families make some sense of a journey that they definitely did not want to embark on. I will continue to work with our team here at UCF to find ways to help as best we can. This journey is not fair, but it is a journey none-the-less. Helping others remain optimistic while battling this disease is very important. We are in this FIGHT together!
Sooooo—-Why Does Brian Fight!— I FIGHT for Holly! I FIGHT because I CAN!
I am committed to help make a difference in this FIGHT against cancer. I am fueled by a passion that Holly made me realize that I have. To talk to her and to see her is truly my inspiration to do my best to make a difference. I know my impact is small, but collectively we can all make a difference.
Thanks for reading this post and I hope you will consider FIGHTING with us!
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