Growing up, I was the child who thought the world could do no harm. I thought my skin pruning from being in the pool for too long was the worst thing that could happen. I had no reason to believe that life had unbearable obstacles that could affect me indirectly. I was nine years old when I learned of how my perspective on life was to change. I was leaving for a summer vacation, and while at the airport my mom told me that her doctor was putting her on a new kind of medicine, so when I got home not to get scared when I saw how she had to inject it. My fragile mind was confused and for the next four years I didn’t think anything of it when I saw her “taking the medicine”. Entering high school, I decided that I was not going to let Multiple Sclerosis stand in the way of my mom watching me through the most important years of my life. It was at that time I decided to start a project to get my community involved in battling this disease.
I was fully aware that the efforts I put into this project were not going to miraculously result in a cure for MS. All I wanted to do was get the name out there, make my peers aware that cancer isn’t the only disease that affects people; and along the way, raise some money to donate to the MS society to find the cure that would keep my mom out of a wheelchair. Now, four years later, I feel that sense of accomplishment when I see the “believe” key chain holding together the keys of the lady in front of me in the checkout line at the grocery store.
I have never been a shy child. I’ve always been willing to do whatever it takes in a situation. This project has taught me perseverance can never be replaced. I have learned that the world is unaware of some of the things that are happening right before their eyes, whether it be the number of people killed each day, or the efforts that are available for them to help. There is no better feeling in the world then knowing you may have potentially saved a life, and over $3,000 later, I couldn’t ask for a better feeling of accomplishment.