I am a pretty huge Browns fan. As I was driving to the event, I was excited to meet the players. It was cool to shake the hands of, and talk with, the players we cheer into battle on Sundays. I was in for a surprise though... The big, burly football players were not the strongest people in the room. The strongest people I spoke with were the survivors locked in a battle every day. Never before have I seen a bigger contrast than seeing NFL player Jordan Cameron, a picture of health and athleticism, put his arm around a patient, who was a picture of frailty. Our eyes can be deceiving. They may be skinny, their hair may have fallen out, but the residents of the Hope Lodge have a wealth of strength in spirit. It shows in their eyes. It shows in their unbelievable "glass half full" attitude. It shows in the passion they showed for their team.
Now that's inspiration. The life we are granted, and the lives of those around us, are a gift. Be thankful. Be passionate. Be happy.
PPS Want to learn more about the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge. Hit the link: http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/SupportProgramsServices/HopeLodge/Cleveland/cleveland-about-our-facility