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Courage is a Step Away

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Life Brings Unexpected Turns

A slight young woman stood in front of me with her blond-streaked hair swaying back and forth as she talked. She was energy in motion. Her hope-filled eyes drew my full attention as she related her story. She was working for the weekend as a referee at the World Championship Bunco Tournament in Las Vegas benefiting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. She was so young, only 22, yet she faced a heavy burden.

Courage Steps Forward

This young woman had a depth of understanding about life that transcended her words. Her actions told the story. I was stunned as she said, “I have a 3-year-old daughter and live for her. My job this weekend is to referee at the tournament. I want to donate all of my salary this weekend to the National Breast Cancer Foundation because I believe in it so much.”

She related her story about how her grandmother and mother had battled breast cancer, and now her doctor was certain that the mass in her breast was malignant, too. She was going to the doctor for further testing next week. Many women in her situation would panic, but she was undaunted. It doesn’t make sense for a young mother facing potentially large medical expenses to give away a whole paycheck to help others. But, courage isn’t always about going the safe route. It’s about shouting out to the world, “I’m not a victim.”

Isn’t that the definition of courage, to not only survive, but thrive?

Thought for Today:

Courage does not become an attribute until one takes action steps toward hope.

Take Action-Here’s What You Can Do:

  • Join MyNBCF and help build a community of online friends.

  • Post a comment to this blog or go to our Message Board and share your story.

  • Donate to NBCF to help fight breast cancer.


Live Life,


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