I had the pleasure of knowing David through Fairy Godmother Project. While I wouldn’t say we were close, I would say he impacted my life and Fairy Godmother Project. I often try to imagine what tomorrow will be like for his family. How hard must it be to face what should be his 22nd birthday without him here. I didn’t know him all that well and yet I am sad that he isn’t here. I am sad that all of you reading didn’t get to meet him because truth be told he was an exceptional kid. People often say that after someone passes, but in this case it is so very true. I attended his high school graduation, a private ceremony for family and friends that was held before the end of the school year at Amy’s Cafe. After he graduated, I walked up to David to congratulate him and tell him how proud I was of him and all the other words I had formulated in my head to say to this amazing young man who was dying of brain cancer. I somehow never said them. Instead, David took the opportunity to turn the conversation away from himself and his accomplishments and make it about me. I often think back to that moment, I don’t remember what he said to me or even how long our conversation lasted, but I will never ever forget how he made me feel. He made me feel loved, appreciated and important. Imagine if we all made others feel that way in our interactions. And here was David weeks before his death from cancer and able to make me feel those things simply with his actions and words. In his honor, we ask that you do that tomorrow. Make others feel loved, appreciated and important in honor of David.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”- Maya Angelou