Here's what I'm thankful for this great Thursday:
-I'm thankful for cool fundraising events to benefit the CFF. This weekend we have the Annual Arizona Firefighter Challenge and Stair Climb in downtown Phoenix. This has been a really fun event since its inception and one I look forward to every year. I'm also fortunate in that I was invited to speak about CF and the event at a breakfast meeting last week with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. We both spoke about the importance of getting involved in the community and encouraged the business leader who were in attendance to get involved with the event. I'm hoping for an even bigger turnout than last year and even though this may be a downtime economically, I KNOW that we can raise more money this year.
-I'm thankful for the ability to connect to music. I generally have headphones in the entire time I'm working (currently listening to "Free" by Gavin Degraw) and can be found listening to one of my over 10,000 songs on iTunes. The nice thing about having so many songs to choose from is that I never have to listen to the same thing twice unless it's by choice. That's where connecting to an artist or song comes into play. If I feel that "little something extra" for a song, I can listen to it on repeat for hours and hours (in fact, I can do the same with movies). Some artists that I've had on repeat lately: Gavin Degraw, Tyrone Wells, Counting Crows, Corey Crowder and Brendan James. What song or artist do YOU connect with?
-I'm thankful that God created organs that can be transplanted. Isn't He a magnificent God? Not only did He create lungs that could be taken out of one and given to another, but He gave humans the ability to actually figure out that it could be done and then do it! I've had many fibros and cystas over the years that have been given a chance to live a second life by receiving the lungs of a donor. I currently have some fibros and cystas waiting for those perfect lungs and anxiously await the day that they are not held back by diseased air bags.