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life is short

Last month, three young students at my school were killed in a drunk driving incident.

Last week, a good friend of mine's boyfriend died from Cystic Fibrosis. He was in his 20's.

Those events have had a big impact on me, even though I didn't really know those who were killed in the accident, nor was I close to Shaun who died from CF.

It just makes me realize how SHORT life can be. For anyone. I can die tomorrow and never resolve current conflicts with people, or not accomplish some of my life long dreams; or someone who I love can die next week and I'll regret not having taken advantage of the time I had with them.

We're all guilty of taking advantage of time in general but I think that old cliche' - Live each day as if its your last - really can benefit everyone in their life and in their relationships.

Anyway...
I'm not really good with death. I never know how to act, or how to show my sympathy. I wasn't really sure how to show Samantha (Shaun's girlfriend) my support. We weren't that close, however she was an amazing person who I connected with the first time I met her. I did all the routine things that you do when a friend loses a loved one - I told her I was sorry, that I loved her, that she was in my prayers, that if she ever needed anyone just to call - but it just didn't seem like enough.

I really sympathized - or empathized? never know the right word - with her because I was always scared of losing Nick when he was in Iraq, and I could slightly imagine how hard this must be on her. They were so in love and so perfect for each other, but they only got a small period of time together. Click HEREto read about Sam and Shaun

In order to show my support for Sam and Shaun, I joined her team for the CF walk in Baton Rouge on May 16. The walk raises money for CF research. Sam has been researching his condition, trying to learn more about it, in order to cope with his death. I think the walk itself will be good therepy for her, and I think that it will help having her friends there to support her.

My goal is to raise $500 dollars for the walk to contribute to Sam's team goal of $3000. If anyone is interested in donating, please contact me. I am really hoping to get a good amount of money to support Sam and Shaun. Click on the widget below to go to my CF homepage where you can make online donations...or you can email me jessica1120@msn.com

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Links:
CF Fact Sheet
Great Strides Home

Comments

That's horrible. I'm sorry about the recent deaths in your life. Was your friend aware of her boyfriend's fatal condition? In the past, most people with CF didn't live past childhood if they were lucky so the fact that Shawn was able to live to be 20 was a blessing, especially since he had a loving family, friends, and girlfriend that were there for him.

How much longer does Nick have to be in the military? Joel was going to join to be in the medical reserve but there were too many loop holes and they basically couldn't even promise to pay him and we are going to be way in debt once he graduates.

Hope you are doing well!