09/30/2013 05:27 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Motivation at Its Maximum


Brian volunteering at a Red Cross event in Connecticut before the Hartford Marathon

When we are born, we are given the gift of a lifetime. However, in this amount of time we only have so many breaths in our body and beats of our heart. It is what we choose to do with this time that defines both our place in the world and our existence.

I remember when I was still in Room 19 in the intensive care unit, I would have my parents transport me around in my wheelchair to the other rooms in the unit to see the other patients and talk to them and their families. I prayed with them, I said prayers for them, and I tried to give them hope. While doing so, I realized that I was also giving myself hope for my own future.

Every day since I left the hospital in 2004, I have been doing my best to live each day to the fullest while motivating and hopefully inspiring other people who are facing adverse situations. I want to show them that it is okay to never give up on their dreams, and to never stop believing in themselves no matter how bad a situation is or how tough life may seem.

In my twenty-seven years on this earth, my focus has been on making a positive impact in the lives around me and throughout my community. I have found this platform to make an impact through my volunteer work with the American Red Cross.