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Reach for a Dream - Stories Print

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  • Beautiful copy by Johanthan Smith. Beautiful photographs by Marc Shoul.

    Baby Jake said I was the greatest fighter he'd ever see. You've gotta respect that.

    That I had been battling a life threatening illness.
    That I saw my bout with cancer as the ultimate boxing match.
    That he saw the final round four years into my fight.
    That Baby Jake was the most inspiring person I'd ever meet.
    That he said the same about me.

    I once said that if Lance Klusner could save South Africa, he could save me. How true was that?

    It's true that my parents believed I wouldn't meet my hero in time.
    It's true that I had a terminal illness at the age of six.
    It's true that the doctor said the medicine hadn't worked.
    It's true that I couldn't eat or breathe on my own.
    It's true that I was one hundred percent right about Lance.

    When Manchester United calls you up you know you're someone.

    Someone who dreamt of one day playing soccer.
    Someone who met every player in the Manchester United team.
    Someone who was later drafted into the soccer academy by Sir Alex Ferguson.
    Someone who overcame cancer. Twice.
    Someone you'd want on your team if you were down two nil.

    I run the 100m in 39.09sec. Want my autograph?

    An autograph from the person who outran death three times in a row.
    An autograph from the person whose paintings celebrate each new day.
    An autograph from the person who sang at the Miss South Africa pageant.
    An autograph from the person who was admired by a president.
    An autograph from the person whose signature might be worth something some day.