The night we got to the South Dakota/Wyoming border was the night that changed everything. We received a phone call from my aunt, who told us that she was just diagnosed with cancer. For the following 6 months she fought a difficult battle, the cost being her life. I was devastated, unable to fly home for her funeral, and angry at the world. She was the most caring and most giving person I have ever known. How could something so horrible happen to such kind soul?
Her battle, and her subsequent death, made me re-think my entire life. I will never let her death be in vain. I decided to honor her memory by giving back to the community, by making a difference in this world. My aunt was a complete animal lover. She had cats, dogs, and horses. She had really any type of animal you can think of, at one point in her life. Her love of animals brought me to an animal rescue sanctuary in Los Angeles.
On the day of my orientation as a volunteer, I received news that my last remaining grandparent had passed away. She was an amazing woman, and I aspire to live up to her standards. To make her proud. Her death solidified my decision to commit myself, and my free time, to make the world a better place. In the past year, I have become involved with several charitable organizations in which I have met some wonderful people, each with their own unbelievable story.
I encourage each and every one of you to get involved. One little act can, and does, change everything.
Thank you so much,
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