Mar. 1, 2008

Special recognition

I‘ve never been one of these people who worship their idols or display the autographs of famous people they‘ve met.

For that matter, the only time I asked someone for an autograph was when I got to meet Matthew Modine, who‘s my all-time favorite actor and who I got to talk to during the Oldenburg film festival in 1997. Then I got a signed picture of Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, who I met at the Mall of America during my Wisconsin year abroad. He talked to me for about 5 minutes when everyone else just got the opportunity to get an autograph and some girls really gave me the evil eye. Funny stuff!

So, two days ago, my attitude towards signed items (or rather one special item) drastically changed. I received a huge package and couldn‘t even place it, since I didn‘t order anything. After removing tons of wrapping material, I discovered a framed and signed Newsweek issue that has the yellow band on its over. And below the magazine, there‘s a small inscription that says: „In recognition of Henrike for her outstanding commitment in the fight against cancer…“

I can‘t even say how proud and touched I am of this special recognition. All I can say is that I am incredible proud to work with such amazing and inspiring people (both cancer survivors and volunteers) all over the world and to be part of the cancer community, who always offer words of encouragement.

It‘s also incredibly motivating to keep fighting and keep kicking cancer‘s butt, even at a time when I‘m not my personal best. Just like Martin Luther King said:

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Martin Luther King, Jr.


Anonymous said...

I could not agree more about the impact of that package. I received mine on Christmas Eve 2007 and it was one of the most wonderful Christmas presents I ever received.

If anyone I know deserved to get such a gift, it is you Heinrike. Your courage, dedication and continuous spirit make me honored to call you my fellow Mentor.

Henrike said...

That's so sweet, Michael.

Jeez, you're not supposed to make me cry- I'm just too emotional with everything that's going on right now.

So glad to work with you again this season! Couldn't be prouder- honestly.

Talk to you soon,

P.s: I put our post-ride photo in my Challenge pictures-/collage frame, so you're actually smiling down on me right now.