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James Reed

James graduted from Tarleton State University in 2008 earning his degree in Economics. He has survived lymphoma. In his own words:

"Fighting cancer has forever changed my life, it has given me a new perspective on the way I live my life. I take one day at time, and enjoy every moment and never take a single day for granted. My educational goals were impacted by cancer as well; I started college to earn a degree in Business Administration that has since changed to earning an all level teaching certificate. With this certification I hope to one day teach classes back in my hometown of Burnet, Texas. This way I can positively influence others everyday of the rest of my life with my experiences, and give back to the community that gave so much to me. 

I see myself as a very compassionate and empathetic person who generally wants to help all those who I come in contact with. I also see myself leap over every obstacle in my life which are there for a reason, with a smile on my face and continue to run forward no mater what. Starting college with a kidney transplant, post-transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder, and being a recent cancer survivor, has helped me to realize that nothing, no matter how hard it may seem, can stand in the way of oneís dreams. Nothing. I have the motivation for continual learning and improvement; I am willing to sacrifice in the short-term to reap larger rewards for my family, community, and myself in the long-term. I have resolved myself to only one outcome and that is the achieving my goals. As I have laid out a path for myself to follow, I look forward to a future where I can positively influence others.

My personal interests are still today rooted in the FFA where an enormous amount of my time and energy is continually devoted to community activities to strengthen the future for all. I ended my senior year in high school not only as Student of the Year out of some nine hundred of my closest friends and classmates, and also as the Outstanding Senior of Burnet County out of the entire school district. It came to show that I was an inspiration to my fellow classmates and educators with my endless courage; I was not willing to give up the fight. I remember hardly being able to get around my school and my family, friends, doctors, and teacherís insisting that I slow down and take it easy, but that was not an option. I had come too far and worked too hard, to just stop running, and as unlikely as it may sound I do believe my fight with cancer has forever changed my life for the better.

Thank you for the opportunity for assistance in reaching my goals." 

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