To my friends and family,
So much can transpire in just one year’s time. Here are some of my noteworthy memories. I had the privilege of watching John Travolta mispronounce Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscars on youtube about 56 more times than I should have. I had the pleasure of watching electronic companies like Apple launch new and exciting products like the new Apple Watch! I mocked the “apparently kid” over one thousand times with my coworkers, and it still hasn’t gotten old. I became a dysfunctional father to a new little fuzzy critter named Bailey who, by default, enjoys spending lots of time with her grandpa! I read some pretty incredible books- The Alchemist by: Paulo Coelho; Looking For Alaska by: John Green and I Can See Clearly Now by: Dr. Wayne Dyer… to name a few. I became addicted to shows like Shameless and The Leftovers. I became a patriot once again as I rooted for the USA during the winter olympics in Sochi and the World Cup in Brazil. I witnessed millions of people pour ice over their heads in the name of finding a cure to an awful disease. I enjoyed seeing Derek Jeter do his thing one last time before retiring from the show. After 8 years of construction, I watched as the Freedom Towers finally opened their doors. I drove a Jeep Wrangler through the mountains of the Dominican Republic with my girlfriend and used a rock as the emergency brake. I learned how to carve spoons and knives out of wood. I discovered that one person can ingest only so much frozen yogurt in a lifetime. And lastly, I made it on national television, twice. None of this would have been possible had it not been for the gift of life that my brother, Jared, so graciously gave to me on this day one year ago. On February 11th 2014 I was reborn. I was a given a second chance at life and I have committed myself to making the very best of that gift. Today we celebrate. However, we aren’t just celebrating the resiliency of Jared and I. We celebrate our support system, our friends, and of course our family. Had it not been for all of you we couldn’t have ever made it this far. For the first time in over a decade, doctors have lifted my restrictions and I have learned what it is to truly live life again. Here’s to more amazing memories in the future.
Peace and love,