1.) Where I think my writing was at its best this semester was in essay two. For essay two I wrote about my first of 5 trips to Bay Saint Louis Mississippi for hurricane Katrina relief efforts. I think one reason I was able to write on this topic so well is because it was a very meaningful experience in my life. During my trips I was able to meet some incredibly optimistic people in a time of their lives where they had just recently lost every possession they owned excluding what they could fit in their cars when they were evacuated. I also remember this trip so vividly because it was the first and only time I've ever experienced destruction and loss at that magnitude. It was a truly humbling experience to be able to help families who had everything swept out from underneath them confining them to a FEMA provided camper, no bigger than a single bedroom.
2.) Leah Still, 4 year old daughter of Cincinnati Bengals DT Devon Still was recently diagnosed with pediatric cancer. The cancer was discovered when on the way to her dance recital Leah became sick and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Devon was put into a difficult situation when the treatment for his daughters cancer was quoted around $1 million, he needed football for the funds but wanted to spend every second he could with Leah who was given a 50% chance of living. Devon decided Leah was more important devoting his time to her instead of football. As a result Devon was waived from the team until head coach Marvin Lewis made arrangements to keep Devon on the practice squad allowing him the insurance he needed to help him pay for his daughters treatment. In addition the Bengals made Still's jersey available on their website with 100% of the proceeds going to pediatric cancer research. Within the first 24 hours the jersey was on the market over 1000 had been sold at $100 a piece, including 100 which were purchased by New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. Within that first 24 hours Still's jersey because the fastest selling jersey in Bengals history. This story is important because it shows that even in a nation where greed has spread like wildfire good people exist to rally around someone in need of support. Here is a link to an interview ESPN did with Still http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:11524346