Back to “civilization” for 2013.

Kansas City Skyline

I always hated the way city people indirectly referred to the country as “uncivilized.” You know, you hear someone passing through a small town saying, “I can’t wait to get back to civilization.” I can’t help but laugh at that, … Continue reading

Relay for Life: a continuing adventure

I’ve blogged many times in the past about Relay for Life. I’ve participated in five of them, four as a student participant and a fifth as a volunteer DJ with a friend. If you aren’t familiar with Relay for Life, … Continue reading

Why Volunteer?

Earlier in the spring, I did my last Relay for Life event as a North Central College student. The Relay for Life is an event that groups can host to raise money for the American Cancer Society. I have seen more loss and heartache because of cancer than I like to admit, and following my own cancer scare I dove into awareness with a new fervor. At my fourth and final Relay for Life event at NCC, I raised over $1,200 for the American Cancer Society.

Taking a break in the wee hours of the morning, curled up in a blanket in the middle of a football field.

When one of my best friends, Joe, asked if I’d be interested in volunteering for another Relay for Life event this year, I agreed. Rather than raise money, though, we were donating our time and professional services as DJ’s through his blossoming company Rack Off and Rage. Continue reading

Using Social Media for Good

This blog post has been half-written on the back end of my blog for weeks. I started writing it when I first began my Relay for Life funding for the year. I started on such a great note that I wasn’t too concerned about highlighting it on my blog, but due to recent developments I feel like this needs to be brought up now.

I’m a people-oriented person. The people in my life tend to leave a pretty deep mark on me as an individual. It isn’t that I’m necessarily easily influenced or shapeable. It’s that I place a high value on the relationships in my life. Losing someone close to you can change the way you view relationships. It has, for me. Continue reading

Help Fight Cancer! Relay for Life 2011

Disclaimer:  This post has nothing to do with agriculture.  It has everything to do with life, though.  Please read.

In 2008, I started the scariest journey of my life.  That journey included a lot of doctors, a lot of waiting, a lot of prodding and poking, and a lot of testing.  In December of 2008, I was told that there was a chance that I could have a brain tumor, and that I should start preparing for…something.  The word “cancer” came up, and we talked about possibilities and options.  That’s a scary experience for anyone.  For a freshman in college, just trying to survive the day-to-day adventure that is the teenage years, it was terrifying.  Words cannot describe the sort of fear you feel when put in that situation.

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