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DARE TO DREAM BIG!: A High School Athlete Gives Back!

Encourage your kids to DARE TO DREAM BIG!

Imagine This: You’re a high school senior who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in June 2010. Since then, your school and community have supported you with fundraisers, notes of encouragement, hospital visits, and plenty of prayer support. When you’re approached by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which grants special experiences to seriously ill children and teens, you’re asked to make your wish. So what do you wish for?

 Who: You’re Rashawn King, a senior at Middle Creek High School.

 What: A special thank-you luncheon at your high school.

 Where: Middle Creek High School in Apex, North Carolina.

 When: Thursday, April 26, 2012

 This is an inspiring story of a young man who chose to give back to his school and his community instead of doing something for himself.

 After being diagnosed with leukemia before your junior year, you’re told by the doctors that you’ll probably never play sports again. As both a basketball and football player, you refuse to believe this and you work hard to get well.

 When you’re approached by the Make-a-Wish Foundation and invited to make a wish, you initially ask to meet LeBron James, NBA superstar. But then you think about all the people in your school and community who have supported you during your illness and you change your mind. Instead, you decide to request a free lunch for your entire school from your favorite fast food restaurant, Chick-fil-A as your way of thanking everyone. Your wish is granted and on Thursday, April 26, 2012, lunch is served to over 1900 students and staff. It’s one of the best moments of your life!

 And, yes, you did prove the doctors wrong when you returned to both the football field and the basketball court your senior year.

 Postscript: Rashawn has won an academic scholarship to a college near his home and, instead of pursuing an athletic career, he’s now thinking about becoming a nurse who works with cancer patients.

 For More about Rashawn King:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cy2hzn3dO0

 Something to Think about: If you had been in Rashawn’s place, what would your wish have been?

Willoughby and I hope you enjoyed this week’s true story and will be back next week for another story to inspire you to DARE TO DREAM BIG!

Reminder: To be eligible for the weekly drawing for an autographed copy of one of my books (your choice of book), please leave a comment on this blog and also on my blog at http://www.kidscandoit.com/blog/.

This last week's winner was Micki Peluso. Congratulations, Micki!

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