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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 19:55

College Students Spreading Awareness

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I had the pleasure to speak with a diverse and compassionate group of young adults at The College of New Jersey this past weekend. It was organized by Brianna Dioses who was a friend of my son, Nick, and was very involved in Nick's Round Table. She asked me to be the speaker for the Relay for Life Kickoff for The American Cancer Society fundraiser. This presentation was sponsored by WILL (Women in Learning and Leadership, Freshman Class Council, and Colleges Against Cancer). Brianna was the main force in making this happen. 

 

She felt that Nick's story was important enough to bring to her friends and fellow students. I spoke for about 45 minutes about The Power of Giving and How it Transforms Us. I told them about Nick and the other young adults who have battled cancer and are featured in my book What Makes Them Amazing. They connected to the stories, but I really feel they got the message. Despite all these young adults have gone through they still give back.

 

These college students also want to give back and every single one of them came up to me after, shook my hand and either spoke of their own experiences involving cancer or how they were inspired by the stories I shared. Sometimes the hardest part about a personal tragedy is opening up to others so that they can be helped by your experiences, your transformations, and your emotion. By sharing my story with them and having them respond so openly was a gift.

I want to thank Brianna Dioses for continuing to share Nick's spirit and the work of the foundation. She gets it and understands the importance of giving to others and raising awareness about childhood cancer. I also want to thank the three groups who supported her and everyone who came to the event. You are making a difference.

Of course special thanks to my crew--Karen Patchell and Iris Marsal. They get the job done and more!

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