Tom Attwater Is Dying. His Daughter Might Die, Too. The Letter He Left For Her Is Unforgettable.

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Tom Attwater is dying of a brain tumor, but he isn’t worried about his cancer. Instead, he is trying to save his 5 year-old daughter from her own.

tom attwater Tom Attwater with daughter Kelli and wife Joely

He has vowed to raise approximately $820,200.00 for her cancer treatment, even if he wouldn’t be around to see her go through it.

Now Tom is almost half way to his fundraising target he is more adamant than ever to reach it. Tragically his deadline is short as his latest scans show his brain tumour is growing.

He says: “These days people make bucket lists, and the very top of mine – the one that matters most – is raising money to make sure Kelli gets the medical help she might need.

Tom attwater

“Some people have advised me to slow down and concentrate on enjoying the rest of my days. But how can I knowing…

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Cran-Apple Cider

As I mentioned the other day, I came down with a nasty cold and a slight fever this week.  Now that I’m feeling better, I wanted to share with you all one strategy I have for those days you’re feeling under the weather: cran-apple cider.


This started off very simple, and the recipe has developed since then to form a (quite spectacular) rejuvenating drink for when you have a cold.  So, here is the recipe!


  • 1 cup cran-apple juice
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 chunk of fresh ginger
  • A tad bit of water
  • Tea bag of your choice


  1. In a medium sized saucepan, heat up the cran-apple juice.  Add the cinnamon, the teabag, and the ginger and boil for 15 minutes.
  2. Let cool and remove ginger and cinnamon.  Add a bit of water (optional- however much you need to weaken it to drinkability).
  3. Voilà! Serve, enjoy, and feel better.

One note about the tea: the type really depends on your needs.  I like to use green tea in the morning for a healthy burst of energy, and at night, I go with an herbal “sleepy-time” tea.  Not a tea person?  You can barely taste it, but you can omit the tea if you really want to.

Basically everything in this is designed to make you feel better: cranberry juice is good, although the reason escapes me at the moment; apple juice is helpful for colds; cinnamon will reduce any inflammation in your throat for a soothing effect; the ginger kills germs in your throat (you may feel it burn a bit- normal!); the tea can give you energy or calm you down; and the heat, of course, soothes your throat.

Remember this next time you aren’t feeling well, and god luck!  What do you think; do you have any home-remedies?

Is Following Your Dream Really Worth it?

Before I get into the bulk of this post, I’d like to take a minute and apologize for the lack of posts lately- I came down with a pretty bad cold accompanied by a fever, and I’m just now getting on my feet.

Anyway, this post isn’t what I originally had planned for today, but it’s been on my mind lately… is following your dream really worth it?

Let me elaborate.  As long as I can remember, my dream has been to travel.  I have countless places on my bucket list (maybe I’ll do a post on that someday), but one that is especially important to me is Paris.  Ever since was a child, I’d wanted to live in France.  Then, in middle school when I started taking French classes, I absolutely fell in love with the French and Parisian culture.  I remember the French classes took a trip to Paris over spring break- I wanted to go so badly, and I tried to start selling my things and starting “businesses” and asking for donations, but it never happened.  Fast forward a few years, and here I am, thinking about college.

There a few that I think would be a good match for me, but one jumps out the most: The American University of Paris.  It’s beautiful; every single one of their degree programs are ones I’ve considered for a career, including environmental science, film studies, history, politics, writing, and literature; and it’s in the city of my dreams.  Everything about it is everything I’ve always wanted, except one thing: the price.

It is crazy expensive and way beyond my price range.  I know there are plenty of options including financial aid and student loans, but it will still be extremely difficult.  And if I did make it happen, here’s what it would look like: constant part-time jobs, leading to an extremely busy schedule with no time (or money) to explore the city; most likely a degree in English that may not even get me anywhere; no money for a plane ticket to visit my family in the U.S.; and a lifetime of student loans that would prevent me from living out the rest of my dreams.

This brings me to the underlying question: is it worth it?  It’s my dream, but will my life really be better if I find a way to make it happen?  People often say to follow your dreams, to never let anything stop you, especially finances, but I don’t know if that is really the best option.  The picture I see of my struggles in Paris isn’t ideal, but is it worse to not even try?

When I imagine my life at some other boring, affordable college, living in a dorm, taking classes in some tedious subject that will lead to a tedious yet “successful” career, never getting a chance to travel and live out my dreams, it makes me shudder, more so than living out my dreams on a tight budget.  I understand it isn’t “exciting but poor life” or “boring but financially safe life”- nothing is black or white like that, but it certainly feels that way.

What do you think?