Five years ago, I was speaking at a Chamber of Commerce event and an amazing woman appeared in my life. Nicole was a light in the room and ran over to me to share the story of her dad, Mel. Nicole told me her dad was fighting Glioblastoma Brain Cancer and rather than waiting to celebrate his life when he was gone, they were celebrating his life while he was alive too. WOW. I loved that idea so much. Why do we wait until someone is gone to celebrate them?
Nicole and I became fast friends and I got to know her special dad, Mel. Mel became my friend too. He was a true example of someone who remained optimistic and kind, despite his fifteen-year health challenge. Mel passed away last week and he is a reminder to me to live life to the absolute fullest. Let’s celebrate people while they are alive to enjoy it. We will miss you, Mel.