Veronica Cappalonga. Understanding the true essence of the phrase: Nooooo Problem!. Veronica Cappalonga. Born in Los Angeles, California on February 17, 1983 At the age of six, Veronica was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia and Acute Mylogenic Leukemia.
Understanding the true essence of the phrase: Nooooo Problem!
Well, it is not so. Let me tell you something. Anyone and everyone can participate and reach out. Not too long ago I met this girl, Veronica Cappalonga (phonetic) at Santa Monica Church, and Monsignor Torgerson introduced me to her. It’s a church I go to every week with my family, every Sunday. And he introduced me to this girl. She looked around 25 years old, which she is, and I saw that there was something wrong with her, but she had this wonderful smile on her face.
And then I found out that she actually, at the age of 6, had leukemia. And only because of a bone marrow transplant she was saved, and she was in remission for 17 years. But two years ago she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Now, you could see that she was in pain because of that. Her left side she couldn’t even operate anymore, she couldn’t function well. You could see that she had difficulties looking, and you could see that she was, like I said, in pain, and that she could barely speak.
But even with that, being diagnosed with brain cancer, she started out a website with her friends in Santa Monica City College. She started out with a website to talk to other kids that have a similar problem. And she’s communicating with them and working with them day and night, answering questions, making them know, letting them know, that there is someone else out there that has the same problem. And she’s ready to answer their questions and to work on their fears, and to work with them to be included, and to make them feel they’re loved and all of those things.
I mean, think about this woman, who is dying of brain cancer, and here she is with the little bit that she has to offer—she’s in pain and everything—and she’s reaching out and she’s helping. That is powerful. This woman is not a celebrity, this woman is not powerful, this woman doesn’t have money. She doesn’t have any of that.. What she has is the will and faith in God. She talked to me about God, her faith in God and faith in people. That’s her strength, that’s her power that she has. So, as you can see, anyone and everyone can go and participate and reach out.
Let’s not forget what President Kennedy said. Let’s not ask what this country can do for us, but let us ask what we can do for this country. That is the philosophy that makes America great. Each and every one has the power to do that, so let’s think about that.. Let’s think about that. What can you do in order to reach out and help somebody? That is our obligation.
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