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Two years ago, I was finally graduating from college. My dad made the long drive from Phoenix, AZ to Portland, OR to see my graduation. He arrived a day early. About 30 minutes after his arrival, we were chatting outside when out of nowhere, he went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived. He never got to see me graduate. He didn’t even get a chance to sign my graduation card. I later learned that the cardiac arrest he suffered was due to complications with his diabetes. He was only 63 years old.
My dad had a gift for being able to see the potential inside of every person he knew. He always wanted to help others find those strengths within themselves and grow them, so that each individual felt empowered by their own abilities. Even in the times of struggle within his own life, he never skipped a beat to reach out and offer whatever he could to help someone else.
To say that my dad loved life would be an understatement. His happiest moments came from the small things, like making someone smile, getting to talk on the phone with one of his kids, chatting over a never-ending cup of coffee, rocking out to The Beatles, or watching and reciting every line in Married With Children.
I feel an enormous hole inside of me now without him here, and it will be impossible to ever fill that void. But I know that he would not want me to remember his life by focusing solely on his death. His death was a small piece of his story compared to the bigger picture of what he accomplished. His legacy lives on through everyone that knew him and we are all better people for it. His favorite quote was from an extremely wise being: “Do or do not… there is no try.” Him and Yoda really had a lot in common.
All of the small things that my dad said and did have changed the world in a big way. Reach out to others. Find the beauty in everything. Speak up for those that don’t have a voice. Always remember what is really important.
In honor of my dad, I am raising money to END Diabetes. This is how I can turn this tough experience into something positive. This allows all of us to honor those who are currently living with this disease and gives us an opportunity to celebrate those we have lost.
THANK YOU for taking the time to read my story and for supporting these efforts and this cause. Every dollar brings us one step closer to finding a way to fight this disease. Your dollars can and will make a huge difference in the lives of others.
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