"Everyday I count the blessings that I have. But everyday I am well aware that many others continue to struggle with life threatening diseases such as cancer. I am thankful that my son and wife are healthy and happy but I know that many others out there do not have the same privilege or fortune. Like everyone else, I've had my fair share of personal struggles, many of them quite daunting, but none of them could ever amount to the types of challenges that Children's Hospital of Los Angeles strives to tackle every day. As an educator, the challenges I confront daily are on how to best inspire high school students to make them better people. This is easier said than done. As an individual, because of my personal challenges, I live with a constant sense of urgency hoping to live as much as possible before the moment comes before I too will pass away. But sometimes we get so caught up in achieving our own goals that we miss the bigger picture, which is that in the process of achieving success we also need to be lifting others right next to us. One of my proudest accomplishments is that I am a trained World War II style parachutist and a triathlete. I am proud of this because I have learned that to truly succeed despite the fear of failing is that we must push each other beyond our own personal limits. For every blessing that we enjoy, there is a little bit that we can do to make the world a better place for others to live in. We live in a great country and sometimes we forget how hard our ancestors fought to make it the way it is. We are fortunate to have each other but sometimes we think we have to compete against each other for what we believe are limited resources. We can, however, invest in the future of our children. I think that's what makes Childrens Hospital's mission so important, their goal is to help children in need."
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