I am in my mid 30's. If I died right now, my death would be mourned. My friends and family would miss me and each year. I would be remembered. But as tragic as that would be, it could also be said that I have had many opportunities to live a wonderful life. And I believe I have. I have been blessed to sail around the world, through every time zone. I have married an amazing woman, and have been honored to father two beautiful daughters. Any yet, the most precious thing that I can achieve at this juncture of my life is to ensure that my children have the opportunity to live a long, healthy life.
At some point of your life, you will no doubt hear about the tragedy of a child being diagnosed with one pathology or another, or that girl or boy you went to school with who lost a child to disease. It isn't fair. Now if that happened to me, you could accept the reality that although it is sad news, I have lived a great life. Children are different. It is not fair for them to face so much adversity so young. It is also cruel to expect them do endure it alone. This September, October, November, and so on until there is no child affected by cancer, I will respect the gold standard, the precious lives of our children and paint the world gold in any way that I am capable of doing so.