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On the first day of fourth grade my teacher Mrs Brown told my class a story about her husband Rob who is a brain cancer survivor She became emotional as she talked about their journey through his treatment and recovery I have never seen a person radiate so much hope from an adverse situation After what Mrs Brown experienced with Robs illness she decided to dedicate part of her life to helping people in similar situations She told us about a local organization she was a part of called beHeadStrong which works to support and comfort families with a member suffering from brain cancer Her strength and attitude toward her situation inspired me and led me to realize some significant lessons about positivity love and hope Mrs Brown always had a story to tell that would make us laugh or smile Along with typical math and science she taught valuable life lessons Throughout the year Mrs Brown shared stories with us about people in beHeadStrong who had overcome some taxing and unfair battles Mrs Brown never showed any sadness or frustration toward the disease She instead spoke only with words of determination to find a cure Whether news from beHeadStrong was good or bad she always looked at the situation as an opportunity to improve and do more Through her positive spirit she showed us how strong hope could be My parents taught me from a very young age that making wise choices with my money are important This financial wisdom led me to save my money I would always set aside most of my 250-a-week allowance One day I was looking at the money that I had saved wondering what to do with it I did not feel like any game or toy was worth the time I had spent saving I thought about the stories Mrs Brown told us about Rob and all the other remarkable people she worked with through
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