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Senior Project

   To tell this story correctly, we need to go back to 2012. Cassidy was in the 5th grade at Calvary Chapel. Cassidy and some of her friends were interested in playing city league basketball and asked me if I would be willing to coach them. Of course, I said yes, and Justin and I coached these girls for two years. This week’s story is about one of those girls. Her name is Sydney Young, and this story is about her Senior Project.

   Three years ago, I ran into Sydney and her Dad when I had a table set up at a Chukars game. They had a booth selling kettle corn. We talked about how much fun we had with basketball and what a great experience it was for all of us. Then they asked me about the foundation and I explained how it was started and its goals. I gave them both a foundation t-shirt, and we agreed how nice it was to catch up.

   The next time I ran into Sydney was when she was working at Edwards Theatre. Ever since I started A.S.P.E.C.T. Training, I pay close attention to customer service and Edwards Theatre has always been a company that could use some serious customer service training. It was refreshing to watch Sydney wait on customers. She always had a friendly smile and was very polite and professional. The rest of the staff at Edwards could learn a lot from her.

This spring, I ran into her working at Broulims. I asked her how school was going, and she told me she had been taking some online classes and was going to graduate early this fall. Then she told me she needed to do a senior project. “I was wondering if I could help you with the foundation for my project?” she asked. I was flattered that she wanted to help and replied, “Of Course. That would be great!”

   She helped me at the Chukars games and plans to help me at the Wild Adventure Corn Maze this fall. Thursday night, she sent me a text saying she had a donation for me and wanted to meet me somewhere. We agreed on Coldstone because it’s close to my house and I LOVE ice cream. I was not surprised she had a donation for the foundation because that’s the kind of special young lady she is. When we met at Coldstone, I expected the donation to be around 25 dollars. Sydney handed me an envelope with 235 dollars. I was speechless. “I made some breast cancer awareness bracelets, and sold them,” she said. I thanked her and told her how much I appreciated the donation.

   We went in to get some ice cream, and she told me to finish her senior project, she had to a presentation it to her teacher and an audience. “I don’t want to present it to a bunch of students, so I’m going to present it tomorrow for my teacher and my parents,” she said. “Would you like to come,” she asked me. “I was just going to ask if I could come watch,” I replied. “I would be honored to be there,” I said. I drove home thinking what a generous and caring young lady she is.

   The next morning, I met Sydney and her parents at the school. She started the presentation talking about the foundation and how she wanted to be part of something that helps people. Then she talked about wanting to be a paramedic and firefighter. She explained she wants a job where she can have an impact on the community. When she started talking about how grateful she was to know me and how I inspire her to be a better person, we all started to get tears in our eyes. The emotion we all felt was overwhelming. She did a fantastic job and I am so proud to know this young lady. She is an inspiration to me. I have no doubt she will have a positive impact on so many lives. This presentation is something that I will always remember and hold close in my heart. I know my Angel Shannon is proud of this wonderful young lady. I will always LOVE AND MISS YOU sweetheart.

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Senior Project

Posted by on August 11, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

   To tell this story correctly, we need to go back to 2012. Cassidy was in the 5th grade at Calvary Chapel. Cassidy and some of her friends were interested in playing city league basketball and asked me if I would be willing to coach them. Of course, I said yes, and Justin and I coached these girls for two years. This week’s story is about one of those girls. Her name is Sydney Young, and this story is about her Senior Project.    Three years ago, I ran into Sydney and her Dad when I had a table set up at a Chukars game. They had a booth...

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Foundation Rewards

Posted by on August 4, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

   This week’s story is about a couple of experiences I had in the last couple of weeks. Before I tell you about them, I must first say, these experiences would not be possible without the help and the support of so many wonderful people. The funds raised from the Crusade Against Cancer allowed me to purchase (50) $25 gas cards and (50) $25 debit gift cards. I gave them to Lisa and Mark at Teton Cancer Institute. They make sure they get to the cancer patients who really need them. This time, I told Lisa I wanted to keep (20) of the debit...

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Looking Back

Posted by on July 28, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

   Last Friday was exactly seven years that Heaven received a very special angel. I would like to share my observations of these last seven years and the life lessons I have learned. To do this, I will use the acronym I have for my training company. Of course, the acronym I am talking about is A.S.P.E.C.T. Appreciation              It took me a while to fully understand the importance of appreciation. For                                            a long time, I was caught up in my own grief and loss. But I have learned to appreciate all the...

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Touching People’s Lives

Posted by on July 21, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

   I want to share a couple of very neat experiences I’ve had with the foundation. I am so pleased with the direction it is going right now. A special thanks to all of you for your donations and support.    The first one happened when I was driving back from Pocatello. I received a phone call from a gentleman who told me he was from the Ririe area. He started giving me some names of people from the area and asked me if I knew any of them. I didn’t recognize any of the names and started to wonder why he was calling me. Then he told me he got...

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Relay for Life 2018

Posted by on July 14, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

   To tell this story correctly, I need to give you some background. I attended my first Relay for Life five years ago. I was volunteering at the hospital and a couple of the nurses asked me if I had ever done the Relay for Life. I told them I hadn’t, and they convinced me to join the hospitals team. It sounded like it would be good for me to do, although I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I met some great people and for the most part, it was fulfilling. But I must admit, it was quite overwhelming and emotional for me at the time. I didn’t...

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Happy Fourth of July 2018

Posted by on July 7, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

   This holiday has always been one of my favorites. I enjoy the parade, the events down by the river, and the fireworks. I enjoy watching the families and the excitement in the faces of the little kids.    For this week’s story, I would like to share a scenario about the political climate in our country I posted a while ago on social media. Point A. “I’m right!” Point B. “No, I’m right!” Point A. “You’re an idiot!” Point B. “No, you’re an idiot!” Point A. “You’re the lowest form of humanity!” Point B. “No, you’re the lowest form of...

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The Priorities of Life

Posted by on June 30, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

   This week’s story is about a limo drive I had a few weeks ago. Before we get to the story, I must tell everyone who doesn’t know already, I AM the world’s best limo driver. I make sure everyone knows this when I pick them up. I always say, “Your event is so special, they made sure to send you the best limo driver!” Now, I know some of you might be skeptical about this fact, but I invite you the check out the google reviews for Black Knight Limousine in Idaho Falls. As the great baseball pitcher Dizzy Dean was quoted “It ain’t bragging if...

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Coeur D’Alene Ironman 2018

Posted by on June 23, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

   So, we have successfully made the trip to Coeur D’Alene to cheer Ryan on in the Ironman triathlon. I only have a few things I want to point out, so this week’s story is going to be kind of a short one. I am posting it on Saturday night, so we can get a good spot for the race start and to cheer Ryan on.    This event brings back so many great memories of Shannon for me. We always enjoyed the drive coming to these races and getting to watch Ryan compete. It was so gratifying to watch Justin supporting and cheering on his little brother.   ...

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The Holiday Inn Express story

Posted by on June 16, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

   This week’s story is about an amazing incident that came from the KIDK 3 news story about the Crusade Against Cancer. It was just one of the many great things that happened from that news story.    I wrote in an earlier story how the news interview took place at the Idaho State Police station. As Marjorie and officer Higley led me into the room we were meeting in, I made the comment, “Wow, this is the first time I’ve been in this room without the handcuffs on.” Marjorie smiled, but I got a look from officer Higley that said “Yeah, I can...

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Crusade Against Cancer Highlights

Posted by on June 9, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

  When I first came up with the concept of a Superhero themed race as a fundraiser, Ryan said “There’s quite a bit of work that goes into putting on one of those races.” I wasn’t really sure how much work he was talking about until now. Once again, I was reminded “Always listen to your sons!”    After talking to some people who had done one of these before, my initial goal was 100 participants. I felt like that would be enough to call my first one a success. The final count was 177. I am so happy with that kind of support.    I have so many...

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