Why I’m An Outreach Representative For The American Cancer Society

When my oldest daughter was in 8th grade, we had an exciting time — she volunteered for the local football team and played in both the girls and boys high school games that year. For the next few years, the family stayed committed to raising money for the team.

We held a huge dance at our local high school and got tickets for people to play all different styles of basketball — they had never played anything quite like basketball before. We had a soccer tournament and a big bake sale. When my daughter started a 4.0 GPA and started volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club, she started to find herself out of place: “How can you be here?” The kids just didn’t understand why it was a good idea for her to be out of place. This is an attempt to overcome that hurdle.

A few of my favorite quotes:

“I don’t have to prove anything to anybody,” Abraham Lincoln once said. It doesn’t matter if you are a doctor, lawyer, business man or scientist, if you really want to achieve your dream it is very important to let others know what it is that you like and what you do for a living so those who may not like what you’re bringing to the table are aware. Abraham Lincoln was wrong.

“You know, I want you to know that you can accomplish anything if you have the right attitude,” Abraham Lincoln once said. You shouldn’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.

“We have nothing to lose but our chains”, Martin Luther King Jr. once said. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or does, if you want to change the world for the greater good, that is all you need to do. We all make mistakes, but as we grow and mature we should learn from those mistakes and continue our quest.

“Life is a tour of a lifetime,” Albert Einstein once said. That was a very wise statement. You will learn and grow, no matter what you’re doing.

“I’m just trying to make life a little more like I used to remember it”, Frank Sinatra once said. It doesn’t matter how badly you want to live it must be done without regrets.

“I’ve gotta do it to have some impact,” Frank Sinatra once said. You just have to put it into your head that you must act now and make changes before it’s too late.

“You’re never too old to start a new adventure,” Steve Martin once said. This is something I will do every single day of my life. The idea that things never get better is just too frustrating. I used to think: You can’t go wrong, you can do anything. It’s not true. A lot of people go down the wrong path and end up regretting their decision to make it right and doing things they later regret — that is something I will change.

I’m a little out of shape but I’m going to build up my strength, so that if I am ever in a pinch, I will be able to fight through it. I will make sure I have enough to eat, drink water, keep myself warm, I will bring the supplies, the right medicines and the right equipment. It won’t be easy, but I will make it happen.

So that’s how I will live my life — I know I need to do it and that’s ok.