I keep reading about these young people being taken away from all of us from cancer.  So many of us live our lives worrying about some pretty insignificant things — cancer is the reality in so many people’s lives and it doesn’t go away. Take a moment every day to realize how much you have in life and how much you are blessed …

Ty Lewis dedicated his life to coaching and mentoring youth in the game he loves, Soccer. He strives to develop attitudes of perseverence, dedication and hard work. Through fitness he strives to support those in need.  Coach Ty Lewis died Saturday April 2, 2011 at the age of 44 from stage IV colon cancer.

Erica Paul: Her own words: But, here I am, 2 years since my diagnosis, and although still fighting to beat cancer each and every day, I feel happy, healthy, and determined to help others by sharing my story and increasing awareness of cancer in young-adults.

This experience has taught me not to take life for granted, and to thank God for each and every day He gives me. I try not to stress about silly, petty things anymore because it’s just not worth it.  Life is just too short and precious. Getting healthy and spending time with my family and friends is my top priority. I know something positive will come from this, and so much has already. I am hopeful that more than just my life is changed from this experience.  Erica died March 7, 2011 at the age of 29 from colon cancer.

Eric Olsen: Olsen taught history and served as Freedom’s cross country and boy’s lacrosse coach in Loudoun County, VA since the high school’s opening in 2005. He lost a prolonged battle against colon cancer on January 25th 2009 at the age of 38. I remember reading about Eric’s passing and thinking –holy crap, this could have been my family. I think of them often.