Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday - 4/23/15

I hope to dedicate most Thursdays here on the blog to things for which I -- or we -- can be thankful.  I want it to be a place to share those things that enrich our lives and teach us something about ourselves and one another.

This week I am thankful to have heard about college basketball player Lauren Hill.  Tragically, Lauren passed away on April 10 at the age of 19 from brain cancer, but during the fight against her inoperable brain tumor, she started a nonprofit organization to raise money for cancer research and raised over $1.5 million. 

Not only was she a face for cancer research, but she also served as an advocate for cancer patients.  Lauren openly talked about her story, her struggle, and her hopes for the future.  She often spoke about how she realized she would not get to see the end of cancer but hoped for a future world without cancer.  Some people only do things for their own benefit, but Lauren did for the good of others.  She was given a platform that she did not ask for, yet she embraced it and used her "celebrity status" to help others.  (How many others would do this?)

Lauren was a hero for her determination and drive to truly live her life to the fullest and help others while doing it.  She touched so many people in her short time on earth. 

Here's more about this inspirational young lady:

Lauren was brave, passionate, and spirited.  How can someone with a terminal diagnosis remain so positive and driven?  I am impressed by her ability to live her life with a true purpose for helping others, while, at the same time, living life for herself.  I can't imagine how you go on living a normal life in her situation, but she tried her hardest to enjoy what time she had left by being part of her college basketball team, attending classes, and spending time with her friends and family.  I am in awe of her.  It's people like this who make the rest of us better people.

So now it's your turn.  What are you thankful for today?  I'd love to hear.  It can be anything - big or small - just something for which you are grateful.  Please share by leaving a comment below!


  1. Beautiful post Shannon! She really is such an amazing example. Thankful that we have been able to connect on-line! :) xo

  2. Me, too, Erin! I consider you my "west coast friend"! :-)