A couple of days ago, Simon was a 23 year old boy struggling with his family to cling to his life as leukemia rattled through his body.
A couple of days ago, few people knew who Simon was apart from his family and friends in Batroun. His struggle was his and theirs, but it was his and theirs alone.
A couple of days ago, Simon had no fighting chance against the cancer that threatened to rob him of the future that should be bright for him and the people who hold him dear.
A couple of days ago, Simon’s story of a Red Cross volunteer clinging to dear life was a tragedy.
Because of you, the entire story of Simon’s life has changed.
Today, because of you, Simon has a fighting chance against the disease that threatened to take him away.
Today, because of you, Simon is no longer just known among his family and friends who had prayed and hoped things get better for him one day.
Today, because of you, Simon’s story is no longer a tragedy. It’s a story of triumph, a story moving towards a hopeful happy ending. And it’s all because of you.
So today, you all get to be proud of yourself because you saved a young man’s life with your generosity, with your kindness, with you helping spread the word.
Today, you have given Simon the shot he needed at staying around, volunteering further with the Red Cross and saving other people’s lives.
There are many things that people can be proud of in their lives. Make sure that some day, when you’re telling your children and grand children stories of back in the days, to tell them the story of how you saved a young man’s life.
It’s a beautiful story to tell, believe me.