Thursday, August 21, 2008

God Bless the Challis Family and God Speed John!

Hi everyone,
Tonight is a sad post for yesterday this world lost the bravest 18 year old I've ever heard of. John Challis was an 18 year old from right here in Freedom, Pa(Beaver county) who grew national attention in the last few months for his motto on life. Courage+Believe=LIFE
John was diagnosed with lung/liver cancer two years ago and since has tried to live to the fullest. I fell in love with his story because of how brave and honest he was.
Here's what John had to say in an interview in May...

John speaks to your very soul about his mission here on earth and the message he's here to deliver. "Don't look at dying as a bad thing - look it as a chance to meet God - and make the best of the time you do have," he said.
And John will be ready when it's time to round the bases and head for home.
"Meeting God - that'd be pretty cool - well it gonna be pretty cool," he said.

A boy that knew he was dying, knew that his life was going to end at such a young age praised God until that last moment. His message even reached national Sports figures who invited John to spend time with them. Even tonight on ESPN they talked about John. How amazing is that?
John gave so much to this world, i just wanted to share his story with a few of you that may not have heard of him out there.
You can read more on John at:
KDKA
This email doesn't nearly do John justice, so please go take a look for yourself!

2 wonderful people say::

Hilary said...

What an awesome man!

Nicole said...

I totally agree. He was an inspiration to everyone. I feel like I knew him even though I didn't and I'm sure many others feel the same way. Thanks for the "special" post - he and his family have been on my mind ever since I heard the news. What a wonderful young man - RIP John Challis.